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It’s Beginning to Sound a lot like Christmas; Brasstown Ringers coming to Franklin

Blairsville, GA – The Brasstown Ringers community handbell ensemble will kick off their
holiday concert season, SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS with a performance at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 3 at Oak Forest United Methodist Church in Hayesville, NC.

Additional concerts are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, Dec 4, 7:00 pm – Hope Lutheran Church, Ellijay, GA
Sunday, Dec 5, 5:00 pm – First United Methodist Church, Copperhill, TN
Friday, Dec 10, 7:00 pm – First United Methodist Church, Franklin, NC
Saturday, Dec 11, 7:00 pm – First United Methodist Church, Blue Ridge, GA
Sunday, Dec 12, 5:00 pm – Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church, Young Harris, GA

Brasstown Ringers was initially started in 1992 by Pat Meinecke, who retired as director
and in 2019, passed her baton to Linda Sterrett from Franklin, NC. Ringing 5 octaves of
Schulmerich bells and 6 octaves of Malmark chimes, these advanced ringers from
across GA, NC and TN come together for practice every Thursday evening in Blairsville,
GA. This year’s concert series is dedicated to Henry Meinecke, late husband of Pat and
former choir member. He shared his love of music and dedication to beautiful handbell
music with all he met.

Members include:
(GA) Jason Brunner, Liza Lawrence, Tom and Jackie Volk; (NC) Danny Ferreira, Sheila
Gregory, Steve Holcomb, Theresa Ramsey, Jackie Reed, Anne Rice, Sharon Ruffner,
Mark Schickedantz, Kathy Tant, Linda Sterrett (director); and (TN) Lonney and Brett

In addition to spring and winter performances, the choir has toured Europe, gone on
multiple handbell retreats, and performed at the Biltmore House as well as other venues
throughout western North Carolina, northeast Georgia and southeast Tennessee. The
SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS concert will showcase the beauty and depth of handbell
music and spotlight various ringing techniques. The program’s variety of pieces
featuring traditional carols, and pop favorites is sure to bring holiday cheer!
Because this is an indoor event, we respectfully request that the CDC guidelines be
followed for everyone’s safety, comfort and enjoyment. Also, Pure Water Technology of
the Tri-State Area LLC, a distributor for AERUS Electrolux Air Filters, will donate the use
of 7 air purifiers at each concert venue. These air purifiers reduce and eliminate
bacteria and viruses in the air to add an additional level of air quality.
For details about upcoming handbell workshops or to schedule a performance, contact
Linda Sterrett after a concert or at

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