For 10 weeks, a group of volunteers rehearses to play the bells. During the holiday season, they then travel around the D.C. Metro area and play renditions of Christmas classics.
“It’s a little family and we just love being together,” said David Emanuel, a member of the The Colonial Ringers, based out of Lanham, Maryland.
The group plays 81 bells produced by London’s White Chapel.
“They actually forged the Liberty Bell,” said Elie Cossa, one of three directors. “They make these bells very similarly to the way they did hundreds of years ago.”
This is The Colonial Ringers’ 28th season. For six years, they’ve been playing at Old Town, Alexandria’s Lyceum museum — twice a year because of high demand.
“We’re so pumped up that word of mouth has gotten out there, cause we used to only do one show but it was standing room only every time,” said Emanuel.