Friends and Family Handbell Camp

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Registration deadline:  May 8, 2020


Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM EDT
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Camp Wightman  

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Please contact event organizers with any questions:

Donna M. Horan

Jane Nolan

PLANNING SCHEDULE - Subject to change


8:00 - 8:45        Registration 
9:00 - 10:15      Rehearsals
10:30  - 11:45   Workshops
Noon - 1:00     Lunch / Announcements
1:15 - 2:15       Workshops 
2:15 - 4:15       Freetime - Swimming, kayaking,            visiting Buttonwoods, napping, etc.
4:30 - 5:30      Rehearsals
5:30 - 6:30     Dinner / Announcements
6:45 - 8:00       Rehearsals
8:30 - 9:30   Campfire and Smores  (weather  permitting)            
10:00     QUIET


7:00 - 7:20    Bells for the Birds
7:30 - 8:30   BREAKFAST / Announcements
8:45 - 10:15   Rehearsals 
10:30 - 11:45 Workshops
12:00 - 1: 00   LUNCH / Announcements

1:15 - 2:15      Workshops 
2:15 - 4:15    Freetime - Swimming, kayaking,            visiting Buttonwoods, napping, etc.
4:30 - 5:30      Rehearsals
5:35 - 6:15      Dinner / Announcements
6:30 - 7:45     Rehearsals
8:00 - 9:00     Variety Show - Please bring your acts followed by Campfire and Smores (weather  permitting)  
10:00      QUIET


7:00 - 7:20      Bells for the Birds
7:30 - 8:30       BREAKFAST / Announcements
8:30 - 9:10    Pack / Move Equipment
9:15 - 9:45    Devotional Prep / Devotional
10:00 - 11: 45 Rehearsals / Workshops

12:00 - 1:00  LUNCH
1:15 - 1:45    Set up for Concert
2:00 - 3:00   SHARING CONCERT
3:00 - 4:00   Pack up equipment

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Registration deadline:  May 8, 2020

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, Inc., dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing


Welcome to the 2020 Friends and Family Handbell Camp!

Our Directors:

About this year's FFHC

We have a few changes this year. In addition to a new venue – Camp Wightman, Griswold, CT; we have changed the schedule from 3- days to 2-  days. This change has been made to enable more folks to attend and to keep costs affordable.

Onsite camp registration will take place Friday morning from 8:00 - 8:45 AM with rehearsals beginning at 9:00 sharp. For those traveling a distance, Camp Wightman has offered a Thursday evening arrival, for a lodging only cost of $51.00 per registrant. You will be on your own for Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast, there are fully applianced kitchens available for your use.

Camp Wightman offers many outdoor water activities, which we hope to enjoy during our afternoon free time. Canoes and kayaks are available for our use, along with the necessary life vests. Life guards will be available onsite. There are hiking and biking trails and a nearby ice cream stand – you will see it on the way to the camp. Bring towels for the water activities.

Repertoire: You will be advised of the selected repertoire after you have registered. You may either purchase it, on your own, or it may be available in your group’s (or your friends’ files). We are selecting repertoire from previous Festival/ Conferences to save on costs and to revisit some of our older favorites.  Please practice your music prior to camp. We will try to provide Director’s notes with selection notification.

Registrants: We require a minimum of 28 registrants in order to make this event ‘happen’ so please spread the word. We also have a maximum of 65 registrants – meeting the max would be terrific!

2020 Camp Rates can be found by clicking the "Register Here!" on the left side of this page.

All registrants between ages 8-18 MUST participate in rehearsals and workshops. All freetime MUST be under the supervision of an adult.

There will be NO childcare provided by camp staff.

Our Workshops include:

Barbershop – 2 Session Track – Open to men and women

Sight Reading – Open to All

Cup Stacking – Open to all

Rhythm Games – Open to All

Ensemble Ringing – Adults

Music Theory – Open to All

Mallet Musicality – Open to All

Please indicate your interest in the workshops being offered by selecting no more than four workshops. Barbershop is a 2 session track, you will choose 2 additional.This information is for planning purposes only. Attendance may alter the final choices offered.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Scholarships are available on a variety of levels for members of the Handbell Musicians of America and the ensembles they direct. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend this event, please review the scholarship information and application directions on the scholarships page of the Area 1 website.

Cancellations will be accepted through May 31, 2020.  A full refund of all charges (less a $10 processing fee) will be granted for requests made before May 16, 2020. A refund of 50% of all charges will be made for requests dated May 17 - 31, 2020. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2020.

Please send all cancellation requests to Donna Horan -