Ben’s Bells Newtown Evening Workshop Bumped To May 31

Due to a scheduling conflict, a Ben’s Bells Newtown workshop that had been planned for May 30 at Newtown United Methodist Church has been rescheduled to Friday, May 31.

Those who had already registered for the original date have already been put on the guest list for the new date.

“We hope everyone is still able to attend that night. If you are not able to, please let [us] know so [we] can release your ticket for someone else to attend,” said a May 14 email from the Ben’s Bells Newtown team.

The workshop will still run from 6 to 8 pm.

Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.

Ben’s Bells arrived in Newtown in January, when Founder Jeannette Maté traveled from her home (and studio) in Tucson, Ariz., and coordinated the placement of more than 1,000 Ben’s Bells in town just weeks after 12/14. Ben’s Bells consist of four or five handmade ceramic pieces in a variety of simple designs — flowers, balls, discs — that are strung in a line ending with a small copper cow bell.

During workshops, participants form beads with clay and then have the opportunity to paint (glaze) beads. The bell-making process is a community activity because not one person will ever start and finish their very own Ben’s Bell. The parts of the bell that will be made during the May 31 workshop will eventually be turned into a complete Ben’s Bell and distributed in Newtown and surrounding communities to fulfill their purpose of spreading kindness, one interaction at a time.

While there is never a formal charge to attend a Ben’s Bells workshop, a donation of $5 will help fund the entire range of Ben’s Bells Newtown’s activities, from keeping the public sessions ongoing to offering kindness education programs in schools.

Reservations for this session are required as space is limited. Register online at http://bensbellsnewtown-may30.eventbrite.com

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