OUR MISSION STATEMENT: The primary mission
of the Hudson Valley Handbell. Festival Conference (HVHFC) is to promote
the art of handbell ringing by providing an opportunity for local and/or
visiting handbell choirs to perform in a massed, divisional, and solo
choir framework, and present a concert to the general public. To further
the art of handbell ringing, HVHFC may, at the discretion of the
governing body, also provide financial assistance to handbell choirs or
members of the Handbell Musicians of America who are in
serious documented need.
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The offering from the 2012 festival
is designated for
Schoharie United Presbyterian Church in Schoharie, NY. On August 28,
2011 the Schoharie Valley flooded as more than 14 inches of rain
was dumped on the area by Hurricane Irene. When the waters receded and
the residents of Schoharie returned, they found that 80% of the village,
including homes, businesses, churches and municipal buildings, had been
under 4 – 8 feet of water.
Presbyterian Church was one of the churches affected, including the
historic sanctuary, fellowship hall and parsonage. The insurance
adjustor estimated damage at over $1 million for the buildings alone.
Also damaged were the Malmark handbells, Schulmerich chimes, other
equipment and most of the library. Estimates for refurbishing the bells
and chimes and replacing additional equipment is estimated at over
$5000. Your generosity this evening will help get the refurbishing
underway so that the church can resume its once active handbell program.
Their website can be found