The Bells of Whidbey are ringing in the holidays with the group’s third benefit/concert. After organizing in the fall of last year, the members have raised over $4,000 for local charities, including SPiN Cafe and Gifts From the Heart Food Bank.
The Bells of Whidbey are made up of eleven ringers plus subs. The community-based ensemble ring five octaves of English handbells and handchimes.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, the Bells of Whidbey will present a festive program at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 555 SE Regatta Drive in Oak Harbor. “Home For the Holidays” is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity of Island County. This musical kick-off to the holidays will precede other annual events in Oak Harbor, including the Christmas parade and tree lighting on Pioneer Way.
The Bells of Whidbey will be ringing holiday favorites, including “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Let It Snow,” “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas.”
Narrator Harry Anderson, soloist David Howell and Liz Chaffin, executive chief administrator of Habitat for Humanity of Island County, are also on the program.
The ringers, all volunteers, come from different areas of Whidbey to rehearse weekly at Whidbey Presbyterian Church, Oak Harbor. They are Cheryl Coleman, Kathleen deVos, Eric Hopkins, Florence Livingston, Roland Livingston, Rich Melaas, Teresa Melaas, Jennifer Palmer, Diana Peters, Teri Ramsey, John Waide, Fred Wilferth, and Joan Wilferth. The director is Cheryl Waide.
Admission is by donation and all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Island County.