Let Freedom Ring!!

“Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” 
(Inscription on the Liberty Bell)

July 4th is National Bell Ringing Day.  
At 2pm on the Fourth of July, wherever you are and whomever you’re with,
stop for a minute and ring a bell – any bell. 
Help us revive this great tradition.  

On July 4, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the annual holiday as National Bell Ringing Day. 2017 represents the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. 

In the 1700s, the bell was the main way people were called together or alerted to news – bells announced the start of church, or the beginning and end of the school day, they proclaimed important news, celebrated events, and  acted as a warning for danger.   And ringing bells is how our forefathers celebrated the founding of our nation in 1776. 

This year, and every year, let’s celebrate our freedom and those who protect our freedom: veterans, service members, firefighters, and law enforcement.  Ringing bells is a meaningful way to connect us to our forefathers and carry this tradition forward.                                                                                                                                                                       

It’s also fun to recognize that bells are just as wonderful and relevant today as they were centuries ago. Today, bells are used to make announcements, cheer on sports events, protect hikers, call the kids for dinner, alert bikers, call for assistance and multitude of other roles.  You might be surprised how many bells you have around the house.

So grab your bells, and on July 4th, Independence Day, take a minute to thoughtfully reflect on and celebrate our freedom.  Let Freedom Ring!  This is a tradition we wholeheartedly support, and we hope you do, too!

Let Freedom Ring - Ring those Bells  


Hear Ye, Hear Ye – Read all about us!  Inc. Magazine just published a great profile on Bevin Bells as part of their Main Street section.  Main Street is described as a “tour of small businesses across the country that highlights the imagination, diversity, and resilience of American enterprise.”  We are proud as a peacock to be included.

David Whitford came and spent a day at the factory, heard the stories, met the players, and really grasped what this thing is all about.  We hope you will take the time to read the story.  And we hope you make the commitment to Buy American!

Some of our favorite quotes:

  • Not least among the reasons Bevin Bells is still in business is the peculiar, enduring appeal of bells.
  • “Even though we’ve been around since 1832, and we’re an old made-in-America company, our products are still very functional today,” Cici Bevin says. “It’s not just about keeping history alive. This is a very vibrant category right now.”
  • Memorial Day will mark five years since the fire [that destroyed the entire factory]. How does Doug Dilla plan to observe the anniversary? He sighs: “By coming in the next day and going to work.”

Bevin Bells Story in Inc. Magazine


If you’re like me, you’re wondering if this is really a good idea.  But it is so darn cute we just have to pass it on!  Cats calling for treats with call bells.  Apparently, just like Pavlov’s dog, cats can learn the behavior and reward system – and become the center of attention.  So, that next rainy Saturday when you’re looking for something to do, get the kids and get the cats and get training!  If nothing else, it will entertain the neighborhood.  You can get your cat call bell right here.  In fact, if you want to customize it, we can do that, too!  Just remember to put the bell away at night…

Check out two of the most viewed tricksters below, or go here to see a bunch.

 


L.L. Bean Trail Running Festival
Chooses Bevin Bros. Souvenir Bells

Seriously, folks?  Running 50 miles?  Seems like torture to me, but with the wonderful sound of souvenir bells from Bevin Bells to propel you on, hopefully the participants will conquer the challenge.  Now in it’s 12th year (the first year with L.L. Bean as the presenting sponsor),  the Trail Running Festival is a popular event in Maine, attracting over 2000 participants and spectators.  It is described as a two-day extravaganza of trail races, beer drinking, barbeque, potluck salads and desserts, old time music, and fun family events.   And for four of the major races, each finisher gets what?  A souvenir bell from Bevin Bells when they cross the finish line!  

If you survive the gargantuan 50 mile race you get the gargantuan 12LD cowbell; conquer the 50K race (that’s 31 miles! for those keeping track) and you’ll capture one of our hefty 10LD cowbells; the brave souls who run the 25K will get the adorable XO cowbell.  And those kids who are energetic enough for the kids race, will be rewarded with a yellow version of the XO cowbell.  So, if you’re looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, stop by Pineland Farms in Maine, grab some great BBQ and cheer on the runners, or capture a bell of your own by participating!  #TrailRunningPineland  #BevinBells  #ThisIsSerious

L.L. Bean Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms – Participant Souvenir Event Bells by Bevin Bros. 2017


Shawnee Peak Race Team 2017 Bevin BellYou know you are at a ski race when you hear the iconic sound of cowbells cheering on the racers. This is a tradition that spans the globe. For the 10th year in a row, Shawnee Peak Race Team has ordered Bevin cowbells as ski racing awards and end of season gifts for each of their ski racers – each year they choose a different color.  At the final banquet, coaches get up and talk about each athlete, highlight their accomplishments and hand out the bells. It’s a tradition the kids really look forward to, and it makes for a festive event.  Not to mention, the cowbells serve as great cheering bells during the season!
9 Years of Shawnee Peak Race Team Bevin Bells

You might consider starting a similar tradition for any team or club you are involved with.  It is a cost-effective, high quality gift that will look as good as it sounds!  We can generally get you the bells in under 3 weeks, in any number of colors, with any artwork (up to 3 or 4 colors). Shawnee Peak always chooses our 10LD cowbell (about 3.5″ tall) – the most popular size.  But we do make them smaller and larger.  Check them out here. #GoSPRT  #BevinBells  #Award Bells

 


This kind of makes you want to stand up and salute!  Please join us in welcoming the beautiful and patriotic Flag Call Bell to our family.  We can see it now sitting proudly on the desk at a local USPS letting the postal staff know you are ready and willing to buy stamps.  Or how about at Army-Navy stores to call a clerk to check you out with your new camo tuxedo.  Smart teachers will use them to get the attention of wayward students.  And all the best public buildings wouldn’t be caught without one.  It has a bright future indeed.  Want to get your hands on one?  Just click here and we’ll set you up!  Want some other ideas – how about some fun games on 4th of July? Or teach your cat to call for treats

Flag Call Bell from Bevin Bells


Those cheeseheads in Wisconsin love our Bevin Bells, and we love the Green Bay Gamblers of US Hockey League fame.  Currently sporting a winning record, they are enjoying a strong season. And you can bet that each time they score a goal, the sound of our cowbells will ring loud and proud.

what are the gamblers gonna do – WIN
what are the others gonna do – LOSE
how they gonna do it?
SHOOT, PASS, KICK THEIR…

Well you get the idea – GO GAMBLERS!!



Among the many steps required to get a finished bell, is the cleaning of the bells after they have been created, but before they are painted or plated.  In this step, they go through a tumbler filled with ceramic stones to clean them, remove any sharp edges, and produce a smoother surface for painting or plating.  We want your bells to be just right – every time.  🙂