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Naperville Millennium Carillon Sets Stage for Fall Community Events

September 11 Event, SCARE-illon and Healing Field on the Horizon

Looking toward fall, the Carillon has a lineup of special events scheduled and once again will set the stage for community gatherings, both solemn and celebratory.

On September 11, Carillonneur Sleep will play a special concert of patriotic and inspirational music at noon and Big Joe will toll from 5:30-5:45 p.m., immediately prior to the remembrance service at the Shanower memorial on the Riverwalk. The bells also will play patriotic music at 4:00 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

“The September 11 noon concert will feature the composition, ‘In Memoriam,’ which was composed by carillonneur John Courter immediately after the attack,” explained Sleep. “It was freely distributed and carillons all over the world perform it on September 11.”

On Saturday, October 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., the SCARE-illon concert returns to the Carillon and will feature spooky and ethereal music of the season played by Carillonneur Sleep.  Special guests, Élan Dance Company, also will perform at the event, which is free and open to the public.

The capstone event of the 2015 fall season at the Carillon and Rotary Hill is the Healing Field of Honor, running from Nov. 6-12, with a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. Co-hosted by Operation Support Our Troops and the Naperville Park District, the 2015 Healing Field, “Fifty Years of Healing,” will honor the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam war. Those interested in sponsoring a flag may find details at www.healingfield.org/naperville.  Carillonneur Sleep will play a special recital for the Healing Field with date and time to be determined.

The final Carillon special event this fall is a Thanksgiving Day concert of early American music played by Carillonneur Jim Brown at 12:00 noon on November 26, 2015.

In addition to providing a community gathering place and ringing its bells to entertain and to mark special occasions, Naperville’s Millennium Carillon also helps celebrate holidays and community causes silently through its colored lighting schedule. The regular white lights shine most of the year. This autumn, the lights will change to yellow from Sept. 8-14 to highlight childhood cancer awareness and then will shine orange from Sept. 15-21 to mark Hunger Action Month.  Orange lights will shine for Halloween from Oct. 27-Nov. 2 and the lights will switch to red, white and blue to honor Veterans Day from Nov. 3-11.

Weekly recitals by local carillonneurs will take place on Saturdays at noon through December 26. Saturday afternoon recitals take place at 4:00 p.m. through October and at 3:00 p.m. during November and December.

Carillon tours are available through November 15 on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. The fee is $3 per person.

The Carillon Lights Up the Night

Naperville’s Millennium Carillon celebrates community holidays and honors local events by lighting up Moser Tower in colors such as red, white and blue lighting for Independence Day and Veterans Day. Units of local government, school districts and colleges, not-for-profit corporations and public agencies are that are interested in proposing the display of certain colors to promote, celebrate, or commemorate non-profit or non-commercial community activities or events should contact the Park District at 630-848-5000.

 

 

 

Date Color Occasion
Jul. 7-Oct. 26 White Normal Tower Lighting
Sept. 8-14 Yellow Honoring Children Battling Cancer
Sept. 15-21 Orange Hunger Action Month - Hunger Awareness
Oct. 27-Nov. 2 Orange Halloween

Nov. 3-11 Red/White/Blue Veterans Day
Nov. 12-16 White Normal Tower Lighting
Dec. 17-Dec. 22 Blue Hanukkah
Dec. 23-Jan. 2 Red/Green Christmas

Several Improvements Slated for Riverwalk, Moser Tower in Coming Years

Moser Tower Assessment Plan to Provide Framework for Maintaining this Community Asset


Several capital improvements to the Riverwalk, known as Naperville's "crown jewel," and surrounding amenities are planned for the next few years. Included is an assessment of the Moser Tower, which is the structure that houses the Millennium Carillon; a new elevator in Moser Tower; and a cost-sharing project to build a retaining wall on the west side of the DuPage River at 702 S. Washington St.

 

"All of these projects, in their own way, lay the groundwork for maintaining the Riverwalk and related assets for generations to come," Riverwalk Commission Chairman Bill Epp said. "Especially when it relates to Moser Tower, by taking an in-depth look at the current state of the 15-year-old structure, we can better plan for what needs to be done in the future and budget appropriately and wisely to meet those needs, which better serves our taxpayers in the long term."

 

In 2014 the Millennium Carillon Foundation transferred the responsibility for programming and maintenance of the Millennium Carillon and Moser Tower to the Naperville Park District and the City of Naperville, specifically the Riverwalk Commission. In 2011, the Riverwalk Commission produced an asset management plan that inventoried all of the assets on the Riverwalk and developed a plan to maintain these assets over time. Building on the success of this document, and in recognizing that asset management planning is an integral part of maintaining capital infrastructure, the Riverwalk Commission asked the City Council at its recent Capital Improvement Program (CIP) workshop to support an assessment of Moser Tower.

 

"The timing for this assessment is excellent," Epp said. "We are at a critical juncture to evaluate the tower now so we can plan for its maintenance and be proactive in our budgeting, versus reactive. This is also helpful as we plan to install a new elevator in the tower within the next year, and knowing the condition of the tower beforehand will allow us to make the right decisions regarding the replacement."

 

The Moser Tower Asset Management Plan will be a sister document to the Riverwalk Asset Management Plan and provide a timeline for proper maintenance of this unique outdoor structure. The assessment may take place as early as this spring. While the assessment is being conducted, residents and visitors may notice cranes and other equipment around the tower, as well as individuals on, in and around the tower evaluating the structure.

 

In regards to the retaining wall at 702 S. Washington St., the City is participating in a cost-sharing program with the developer of that property to construct the wall. This is an essential addition that is needed to accommodate the future Riverwalk south expansion project. Although a timeline for the extension of the Riverwalk from Hillside Road south to Martin Avenue has not been identified, this is an opportunity to share the cost of an amenity that otherwise could have been necessary for the City to fully budget.

 

For more information on the Riverwalk, visit www.napervilleriverwalk.com or contact Riverwalk Administrator Jan Erickson at ericksonj@naperville.il.us or (630) 305-5984. For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us.

Tower Open for 2015 Season

The Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and the Visitor Center open for the 2015 season on Saturday., May 2. Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the 160-foot tower and enjoy a spectacular view while learning about the workings of the Carillon, its history and its unique features.

Hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays, with Friday hours (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) beginning May 22 and continuing through August 14.

Group Visits, Bridal Parties
Call the Naperville Park District for special requests: (630) 848-5000
The Third Gift
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was begun in 1998 as a labor of love by a small group of Naperville families, and in a short time the vision spread to many, who donated the funds to make the vision a reality.
In the tradition of Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk, the Millennium Carillon is a gift from the people of our community for all future generations to enjoy.
Those who donated funds to make our carillon possible also left messages about themselves, their life in Naperville, and their support of the carillon project. You can read their messages in this cyberspace time capsule. A special section of the web site displays the lists of donors. You can read the messages of those that left messages by clicking on any names that are blue and underlined.