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Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 273 - Carillon at Stone Mountain

For those of you not familiar with the Stone Mountain Carillon, the instrument was built by Schulmerich Carillons in Sellersville, PA for the Coco-Cola Pavilion 1964 World's Fair in New York. At 610 bells it was the largest instrument of its kind. After the fair Coca-Cola moved the instrument to Georgia's Stone Mountain Park. By this time 610 bells wasn't the largest any more so a few more ranks were added during the move putting it at 732 bells. [from blog: Principles Unknown]

We took our host sons to Stone Mountain and while they hiked up the mountain of stone and back down taking in the views of Atlanta and other areas, the leaves were dancing magically to the sounds of the carillon. I don't know what it is about that sound of bells but it reminds me of being a child.  The bells at the church rang at noon everyday.  That doesn't happen in the south.  Perhaps that explains why the churches near my home don't have steeples.  The steeples held the bells and they played.  They played at noon and the curfew horn sounded at 9 PM.  At 9 PM if you were out on the streets, the police could stop you and take you home.  I still think this is a good thing to do.  Parents should be with their kids after 9PM or some other adult appointed if they are working.  

We had tried to find the carillon last time we were there two years ago.  We couldn't find it.  Now I know why, it's in the center of the roads on the side of the lake behind the restaurant.  If you go, make it a point to find them as their sound and magnificent presence is worth the struggle to get there.

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