Paul Nally Observation Deck

On June 9, 2017, Bell Tower Community Foundation President Carole Custer presented the new four octave carillon to the Board of Supervisors.  She also announced the observation deck will now be known as the Paul E. Nally Observation Deck in honor of friend and donor to the Foundation, Paul Nally.

Paul passed away ten years ago and left money through his estate to a number of great causes in the county.  He made a large impact with his time and talents during his life in Jefferson.  With these funds as a catalyst, the projects and fundraising leading to the completion of the Let the Bells Ring campaign came to fruition.  A plaque was read and installed in the observation deck of the tower at the 2017 Opening Cermonies of the Bell Tower Festival.

Friends and family members including Bob Owens were introduced to the large crowd.

First Live Concerts of Carillon

Rick Morain played the first live concert of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower on Friday, June 9, 2017 as part of the Opening Cermonies of the 2017 Bell Tower Festival.  Rick played a variety of tunes for the large crowd gathered around the tower from 6:15- 6:30 pm.  Selections included

America the Beautiful, Ode to Joy, Green Green Grass of Home, The Whiffenpoof Song, The Water is Wide, Devoted to You, Simple Gifts (Appalachian Spring), Danny Boy, Misty, and Great Gate of Kiev.

Rick played a follow-up concert on Saturday at 3:15 pm playing some of the same selections.

On Sunday, Rick played the first Tower Tunes Daily Concert at 12:15 pm.  His selections included:

Summertime, As Time Goes By, Galway Bay☘️, You’ve Got a Friend, Jamaica Farewell, The Entertainer, Sloop John B, Honky Tonk Woman, and finishing with his favorite, The Great Gate of Kiev.