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For the first time ever, Second Congo’s hand bell choir hosted the annual gathering of Vermont hand bell ringers. Our Director Sue Green and her Jubellaire Ringers took a major role in organizing the 2018 Spring Ring that brought 190 bell ringers to Bennington. At the Middle School, rehearsals for the 4pm concert were interspersed with workshops that included special hand bell techniques, ukelele workshops led by Second Congo’s Music Director Matt Edwards, hand drumming led by Jay Sager, and dancing the Virginia Reel with hand bells. Refreshments for the morning gathering, lunch, and the breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon were provided by SCC’s Jane Norrie, Ginny Ray, Norma McShane and Barbara French.