This Sunday, Paula has a Towering theme (here) and last night I grabbed some photos of the towering Carillon in Richmond, VA.
~~~~ We were at The Carillon last night because right beside this memorial is an outdoor theatre called The Dogwood Dell and last night was Opera in the Park. Our favorite piece was “Marriage of Figaro” as featured in the Shawshank Redemption movie (HERE on youtube).
In the next two photos, I was walking around for a few (to get a few photos) and I saw a “frame” through the beautiful trees and had to link it to the weekly photo challenge again (here).
I was wondering if you like A or B better? I was going with A, but then the extra trees in B’s frame kept calling to me. Which do you like better?
~~~well that is about it… except for this little humor someecard:
A Brief History of The War Memorial Carillon (from Richmondgov.com)
“Between 1924 and 1928, the Virginia General Assembly acted to create a World War Memorial Commission and build a lasting memorial to the heroic efforts of Virginia’s World War I servicemen and servicewomen.
The City donated the building site in Byrd Park. The War Memorial Carillon is 240 feet high and The Carillon instrument was built by John Taylor Bell Founders of England.
The Carillon Tower originally carried sixty-six bells, but played fifty-three notes – the top thirteen notes had duplicate bells in an unsuccessful effort to produce a louder sound. When the carillon was renovated in the early 1970’s, the thirty-four bells which played the highest twenty-one notes were recast into twenty-one new bells with thicker profiles than the originals, producing a better sound.
Now there are fifty-three bells for fifty-three notes.
Carillon concerts are usually played on veteran-related holidays (Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day and Labor Day) and a spring series of concerts have been funded in the past by the Civic Associations.”