Santa & Mrs. Claus visit kids on Dec. 6.

Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive in Jefferson at 6:15 pm on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens.  Everyone is invited to watch this annual tradition!  They will light the community Christmas tree in the Gardens at 6:30 pm. This tree will remain lit through the Christmas holidays.  Santa & Mrs. Claus will then make their way to the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower to visit with youngsters and their families from 6:45 – 7:30 pm. With the lights of the bells in the observation deck, this is a special location for kids to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.  The admission to the Tower is free for all during this special evening!

Christmas Tower Tunes Live Concerts

Local musicians will play the Mahanay Memorial Carillon during the Christmas season.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, special Tower Tunes Live Concerts will be played from 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.  Musicians involved are Rick Morain, Pat Richards, Danille Curtis and Bonnie Orris.  Each musician will select their own music so expect a great variety of wonderful holiday music.

Happy Birthday to the Bell Tower  Link to GreeneCountyNewsOnline story.

The Bell Tower Community Foundation treated the county supervisors to Deal’s apple cider donuts with birthday candles to mark the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower’s 52nd birthday Monday. The supervisors were game enough to sing the birthday song in return for the donuts.

Foundation president Carole Custer also presented the board with a framed certificate commemorating the dedication of the 47-bell carillon two years ago.

Supervisor Pete Bardole, ex officio member of the foundation, accepted the certificate. He and supervisor Dawn Rudolph are both the same age as the bell tower – 52.

Pictured are Bell Tower Community Foundation board members (from left) Bob Schwarzkopf, Carole Custer, Don Van Gilder, Pete Bardole, Peg Raney and Nancy Gerken.

52 yrs old

On Oct. 16, the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower is 52 yrs. old.  To celebrate, the Tower will be open on Oct. 13 & 14 will be open from 10 – 4 with all persons 52 yrs old admitted free.  Youth 18 and under are always free courtesy of Jefferson Hy-Vee.  On Tuesday, Oct. 16, “Happy Birthday” will be played on the carillon right after each hour to celebrate.

The Mahanay Bell Tower will be open weekends in October from 10 -4 and is the perfect place to view the beautiful fall colors of rural Iowa from the 120 ft. Paul Nally Observation Deck accessed by elevator.  The bells play the Westminster Chimes each quarter hour and 3 songs after each hour.