Handbell ringers from all over the state of Maine will gather together Saturday, April 7, at Auburn Middle School for the 2018 Maine Spring Ring. The day will conclude with a concert that is free of charge and open to the public.

All Maine handbell ringers are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this exciting, day-long event. Early bird registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28; and the final registration deadline is Friday, March 23. The schedule includes a variety of educational workshops lead by guest clinicians, as well as instructional rehearsals of the massed-rung pieces with Area 1 clinician and conductor Larry Berdensey, director of the Hockanum Valley Ringers of Vernon, Conn.

For more information about the event, and to register, contact Event Registrar Laura Begenwald at 480-1404 or lbegenwald@gmail.com; or visit area1.handbellmusicians.org.

The concert will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Drive. The audience will be treated to seven massed-rung pieces, along with solo performances by several individual ensembles. A free-will offering will be collected, for those who wish to help with expenses.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, Inc. (HMA) for the benefit of its members and member ringers. HMA is dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing. For more information about HMA, visit handbellmusicians.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.