Bell Raisers

We’re raising bell! Bell Raisers support the work of the National Bell Festival by making an annual contribution of $75 to the cause. Here you can explore some of the recent fun happenings and invitation-only experiences available to Bell Raisers. Join today!

Ringing in the Rain

It’s been a wet few days in the Washington, D.C. metro area, but a little rain doesn’t stop our intrepid Bell Raisers. We ventured out to the lusciously landscaped Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to see a bell whose prominence, scale, symbolism, and craftsmanship announce it as a bell of distinction.

Look Out Below

At the National Bell Festival, we spend a lot of our time looking up – tilting our heads skyward for a glimpse of swinging bells or surveying Washington from the tops of bell towers. But this last Sunday, we decided to look down. Six feet down, in fact. 

Music, Anyone?

Many of us have been dreaming of escaping the self-isolation of coronavirus, and while we aren’t able to help you leave your home (nor do we recommend it), we can certainly whisk you away for an evening of enchanting music, hearty laughs, and scintillating cocktails. At least, that’s what we did last Friday when we hosted a live-streamed concert for Bell Raisers

We Climbed. We Chimed.

There are many perks to being a Bell Raiser. This last weekend, we enjoyed an unobstructed view of the magnificent capital skyline and a first-hand look at one of Washington's most impressive collections of bells. How? By climbing the 329-ft. Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception! This impressive structure only opens to the public once a year, but the Basilica was very kind to open the doors to the Bell Raisers. 

Into the Tower!

In just over a week, Bell Raisers will experience an unobstructed view of the magnificent capital skyline and a first-hand look at one of Washington's most impressive collections of bells as Dr. Robert Grogan, carillonneur and Organist Emeritus, takes us on a private tour of the 329-ft. Knights' Tower at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. After the tour, Bell Raisers are invited to stay in the tower for a special carillon recital. 

We Came, We Saw, We…Concurred

For the first time in decades, a light has shone in the old bell tower at Georgetown Lutheran Church. Why? You might recall the National Bell Festival is working to refurbish the historic bell at Washington’s oldest Lutheran congregation, which this year is celebrating its 250th anniversary. We simply love the idea of restoring the impressive 1780s bell to its full resounding glory. Researching its past has proven continuously captivating.