Mahanay bell tower’s ’19 season opens Saturday

Seeking Mahanay Maestros

The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will open officially for the 2019 season Saturday, May 4.

The tower will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays in May, and then daily beginning Memorial Day weekend.

The Mahanay Music committee is compiling the roster of keyboard musicians who would like to be Mahanay Maestros for the live Tower Tunes concerts daily from 12:15 to 12:30 pm. Musicians with at least two years of experience are welcome. The maestros select their own music to play on the digital keyboard that’s connected to the tower’s 47-bell carillon.

Becky Greiner, Peg Raney and Pat Richards are collecting names and contact information for anyone who would like to be added to the list. Musicians can also email An electronic calendar will be sent out for musicians to choose when they would like to play. The Tower Tunes series will run from Memorial Day weekend through labor Day weekend.

With the increased visitors during the month of September, the Bell Tower Foundation board decided to remain open daily for the month of September and weekends in October. The tower is also available by appointment by calling the Greene County Chamber & Tourism office at 515-386-2155. Pat Richards continues as the tower staff coordinator with an experienced group of staff returning for the 2019 season.

Season passes for 2019 will be available at the Mahanay Tower for $15. This allows the individual to visit the Tower and ride the elevator to the top for the entire year. Persons age 18 and younger can visit and ride the elevator at no charge thanks to generous sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Jefferson.

The website and Facebook page are also kept up-to-date with information and pictures about the Mahanay Bell Tower. The Bell Tower Community Foundation encourages people to check these out and share with visitors.

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