One of their tangents led them to change ringing which is the English art of ringing a set of tuned bells usually found in church towers that requires one ringer per bell. It originated in the 17th century and it's what you might associate with traditional Old World church pageantry but probably you've heard it during the telecasts preceding the ceremonies when Royals get married or die.
Despite that, there are a surprising number of places in the US that have these bell towers including the University of Washington but alas they are not open to visitors. However at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church about 45 miles north of where Ken's folks live in a town called Princess Anne, Maryland they were welcoming so we headed up there Wednesday night.
I had not been privy to seeing the videos of the change ringing so I had no idea what was in store.
Carroll Lentz is the leader of this group on Bell 1. He calls out what they are doing and changes during the piece.
Here is what the tower looks like from the outside.
And this is what it sounds like on the inside...
Change Ringers and their bell #:
1 Carroll Lentz
2 Tish Lentz
3 Ann Smith
4 Richard Kirby
5 Betsy Thorton