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  • Pine Village bell choir rings in the season

  • Residents at Moundridge’s Pine Village Continuing Care Retirement Community have formed a bell choir.
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  • Residents at Moundridge’s Pine Village Continuing Care Retirement Community have formed a bell choir.
    Activities Assistant Lynette Johnson said she was inspired to start a bell choir when she saw one at an activities meeting in Hutchinson.
    “I thought it was a really neat idea,” Johnson said.
    Residents are given bells of eight different colors and tones. Staff play a CD with background music, and, as the song plays, a staff member holds up flash cards showing what color bell should be ringing at a specific moment in the song.
    “It seems like everyone really enjoys it,” Johnson said. “It gives them something to look forward to, and it’s also very good brain and arm exercise.”
    The Pine Village Bell Choir, who have chosen the name Golden Bells for themselves, has been playing Christmas songs and hymns in celebration of the season.
    Johnson said she would like to get more bells and singalong activities for the group.
    Resident Karen Jones said she found playing in the bell choir interesting.
    “It helps keep us in tune with things,” Jones said. “We’re learning different things about music.”
    Resident Gladys Goering said, with bells, she could play music without having to understand things like time.
    “With a bell an amateur is just as good as a professional,” Goering said.
    Resident Hilda Schrag said she first started in the bell choir because Johnson talked her into it.
    “I enjoy it now,” Schrag said.
    In the past few weeks, Golden Bells has had a number of performances, including performing with Heavenly Bells, another bell choir from the Hutchinson-based Friendly Baptist Deaf Church. On Dec. 11, Golden Bells performed its first Christmas concert. The group also performed with Pine Village’s chimes group on Dec. 4.
    Johnson said the group plans to continue to perform in the Moundridge area, as well as invite other groups to perform with them.
    “Later, we might look at taking the residents to other locations for performances,” Johnson said. “Now they’re getting into it, and I think it’s beginning to grow.”
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