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2019: Anniversary Year in Review
Seeing everyone for the 50th Anniversary Reunion last May is still one of the highlights of a great year! For those who were unable to be with us, I hope that you will let us know when you are in town. You are a big part of our great tradition of ringing! We don’t have a lot of photos from the event, but I am sharing a few of them with you. I hope if brings back wonderful memories!
 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rpDynBs1th4sGDgJ6
 
Our Anniversary composition by Liz Peters, Thundersnow, can be found on YouTube at:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Va8GUAEYU&t=46s
 
A week after the reunion we had the joy of hosting 35 ringers from the Czech Republic. Tom and Jessica planted the seeds of their ringing when they took bells to Poland in 1999. When the pastors moved from Poland to the Czech Republic, they wanted bells  - and they have built 3 teams of ringers in the last 9 years. This offshoot of our tours has been very special as we continue to visit The Good News Bells each summer. The 35 ringers (and some parents) enjoyed a whirlwind tour of Pittsburgh, the Malmark Bell factory, Annapolis, Washington, DC, and a visit to the Flynns in North Carolina.
 
The Southminster Ringers have had a busy beginning to the 51st season with 9 Christmas Concerts and the continuation of our outdoor ringing on Christmas Eve at the corner of Washington Road and Castle Shannon Boulevard. One of the highlights of each Christmas season has been ringing at the Allegheny County Jail and this year we were fortunate to have a county photographer join us to take some photos of the event. We normally are not allowed any kind of recording equipment, so this year was special and I wanted to share those photos with you also:
 
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ep3RCug2wDVgCzG3A
The Southminster Ringers - Ringers 1
These are High School members of Southminster who have ringing experience, have shown their commitment to ringing and have been recommended by their previous director. They present a varied concert of sacred and concert works in a variety of venues. They tour abroad every two years for a three week period.
 
The 2014 Tour took them to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Bosnia.  The Southminster Ringers have taken bells to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania on some of their previous tours and the 2016 Tour to Romania and Hungary will be a chance to once again work with ringers with Southminster connections!

Read more at the Ringers Website, http://southminsterringers.org/recent-news/
Ringers 2
Ringers 2 - Grades 8 - 12. These students are either new to ringing or working on their ringing skills. After demonstrating a commitment to ringing, most of these ringers will progress to Ringers I. They meet on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (same time as Ringers I). Ringers II perform regularly for our Celebrations of Worship and occasionally perform concerts in the community.
Samantha DeFurio is the director.
Ringers 3
Ringers 3 gives students in grades 4 through 8 a chance to learn handbells. They meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Ringers III perform regularly for our Celebrations of Worship and occasionally for concerts in the community. They begin working on thumb damps, plucking, mallets, martellato and all other techniques to prepare them for Ringers II.
Essi Efthimiou is the Director.
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