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Penobscot Bay Ringers hold benefit concert Oct. 20

Oct 10, 2019
Penobscot Bay Ringers performs at the Rockland Congregational Church on Sunday, Oct. 20, in support of the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition.

ROCKLAND — Penobscot Bay Ringers, Midcoast Maine's community handbell choir, will present "Handbells for Hope" on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. The concert will benefit the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition.

The concert, which is open to the public, will feature a variety of familiar hymns and popular songs, as well as some pieces composed specifically for handbells. In addition to music presented by the full, five-octave choir, there will be several solo and ensemble performances by members of Penobscot Bay Ringers, Susan Jones on piano, and Maho Hisakawa on flute. The concert will be one hour in length with no intermission. The concert is presented at no charge with a free-will offering to be collected and presented to the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition.

The Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition (MCRC) is a growing nonprofit organization that supports individuals and families in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Substance use disorder has become an all too common in Midcoast Maine, and the MCRC board and staff believe it is possible to heal, grow and give back to the community — as many people do when they are back on their feet. The coalition offers recovery housing in Rockland (for men) and Camden (for women), as well as recovery coaching for individuals and families. The organization is wrapping up a large construction project in Rockland to accommodate three times as many men (up to 14 men at a time), and are seeking funding to cover the construction project and staffing.

Donations will help support the MCRC programs, staffing at the men’s and women’s houses, physical infrastructure and maintenance. If you are interested in learning more, you can meet some of the board members and staff in person at Handbells for Hope or visit the MCRC online at or

Penobscot Bay Ringers performs with five octaves each of Malmark handbells and Choirchimes®, which equates to 122 different instruments, each representing a pitch on the musical scale. Individual choir members are typically responsible for ringing between four and eight bells and/or Choirchimes®, depending on the complexity of the musical score. The group rehearses on Thursday evenings at the First Congregational Church in Camden. For more information about Penobscot Bay Ringers, visit or



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