Handbell festival to feature classical, holiday music

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico residents ranging from Portales to Albuquerque will be listening to holiday sounds Saturday as they attend and perform at the 19th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at First United Methodist Church. Choirs and individual musicians from Portales, Clovis, Albuquerque and Levelland, Texas, will be performing at the event. [...]

For whom the (hand)bell tolls

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Argen Duncan A Portales man has been honored for his contributions during more than 30 years of handbell ringing and handbell choir directing. Bill Wood has received the 2010 Ring of Fame award from Area 11 of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He said he was honored in June but learned of the [...]

Concert to revisit holiday sounds

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Freedom New Mexico Kathie Fink will present “Christmas Treasures: Revisited”, a solo handbell concert at 7 p.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. Fink and her accompanist, Linda Maloney, toured in Germany and Finland in December 2008. They presented Fink’s new concert program “Christmas Treasures” in two German churches and in military [...]

Handbell soloist to perform

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Handbells to ring Saturday

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer A chorus of handbells will ring Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Organizers say the 16th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival will feature a variety of music performed with handbells and other instruments. The public concert will begin at 3 p.m. It features six New Mexico and [...]

11-14 Local briefs

Narcotics checkpoint scheduled The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a multi- agency narcotics checkpoint from noon to 8 p.m. today in Roosevelt County, according to a RCSO news release. Agencies participating in the checkpoint will include Roosevelt and Curry Counties, Portales and Clovis Police Departments, and the Motor Transportation Division. The focus of [...]

Holiday handbells will ring

By Ashley Lee To celebrate the holiday season the First United Methodist Church will be host the 14th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary. Selections to be played will come from holiday, folk, sacred and classical music. There will be about 96 ringers from 10 different [...]

Handbells tuning up for annual festival

Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern Bells will be ringing in Portales as the holiday season gets under way at the 13th annual Eastern New Mexico Fall Handbell Festival on Saturday. There will be a closing concert open to the public at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in the church sanctuary located at 200 South [...]

Handbells mark holiday tradition

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By Kevin Wilson Before she began conducting the Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival, Valerie Stephenson asked how many audience members were there to watch a relative — in other words, as she quipped soon after, how many would be in trouble had they not attended. A little more than an hour later, Stephenson said the [...]