Tower Tunes Live concert slated for Veteran’s Day

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, a special Tower Tunes Live concert will be performed by Mahanay Maestro Rick Morain. 

From 12:15 – 12:30 pm, the public is invited to listen to the concert played on the four-octave carillon.  Maestro Morain’s playlist will honor military veterans. 

The Veteran’s Day concert is part of the regular Tower Tunes Live concert series set up by the county board of supervisors and coordinated through the Bell Tower Community Foundation. 

October Hours

The Mahanay Bell Tower is open at regular hours on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October. The hours are 10 am – 4 pm with our staff providing a wonderful tour. The elevator will take visitors to the observation deck. The autumn colors are beautiful and you are able to see for miles! The rooftop art is so unique and guests love experiencing the installations. The 47 bells play the Westminster Chimes at each quarter hour and also play several songs after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm.

Bells Are Ringing!

The Mahanay Memorial Carillon is ringing again! The problem with the controller has been fixed by the Verdin Company of Ohio and the bells can now chime. Each hour and quarter hour, the bells play the Westminster Chimes. Two songs are played several minutes after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm. Visitors love hearing the bells ring and the community is glad to hear them again too!

Bells temporarily quiet

The computer that plays the carillon at the regular times at each hour and quarter hour had some difficulties so it was sent to the Verdin Company for repair. Because of that, the bells can not be played. We apologize to the community and visitors and hope that the repair can be handled quickly.

Visit the Mahanay Bell Tower!

The Mahanay Bell Tower is now open daily from 10 am – 4 pm. Our friendly staff will share the story of Floyd and Dora Mahanay in our lovely lobby area. An elevator will take you to the Paul Nally Observation deck which is all enclosed with glass and air-conditioned, so easy for visitors to see the magnificent view. The Iowa countryside, Jefferson downtown, and installations of rooftop art are enjoyed by all ages. The 47 bell carillon plays throughout the day. The Westminster chimes are played each quarter hour and two songs are played after each hour from 8 am – 8 pm. Jefferson’s downtown is full of art and very pedestrian-friendly, so plan to spend the day!

Adults are just $3 and all youth age 18 and younger are free courtesy of our sponsor for 2022, the Dean & Lois McAtee Trust.