The last four days of June, four members of Penobscot Bay Ringers attended the 2013 Handbell Musicians of America Area One Festival Conference, a biennial event that invites handbell ringers and conductors from all six New England States to come together for four days of handbell workshops, education, networking and performance.

This year’s event was held at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Representing Penobscot Bay Ringers at the event were BJ Kopishke of Liberty, Felicia Robinson of Warren, Amy Rollins of Lincolnville and Ann Walker of Owls Head.

Closer to home, Penobscot Bay Ringers performed two concerts in late May. The first was held May 18 at the People’s United Methodist Church in South Thomaston, where a free-will offering was collected to benefit the church’s summer camp program. The following day, the handbell choir performed for the second year in a row in the chapel at the Maine State Prison in Warren for the inmates there. Upcoming appearances include two concerts in late September; a handbell workshop open to the public on Oct. 19; and the eighth annual Ringing in the Season concert in Camden on Dec. 7.

Penobscot Bay Ringers was founded in 2008. The group plays on five octaves of Malmark handbells and choirchimes, a total of 122 instruments. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Penobscot Bay Ringers' mission includes handbell education and outreach. The handbell choir is always looking for more ringers to join its ranks. Rehearsals are held weekly on Thursday evenings, February through May and August through December, in Camden. For more information about Penobscot Bay Ringers, call Amy Rollins at 763-3552 or send email to penobscotbayringers@gmail.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.