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Celery City Doubles

by Rob Kakuk

In the 19th century Kalamazoo was dubbed the Celery City for the proliferation of farms in the area dedicated to producing the vegetable. On 28th November six dedicated Kalamazoo ringers named a Doubles principle Celery City by ringing two extents of it in a quarter peal. The principle was composed by Arthur T. White, Professor Emeritus of Western Michigan University, a mathematician who also composed the principle White’s “No Call” Doubles. In fact, Celery City is White’s “No Call” rung backwards, its name reflecting at once the grand tradition of place names for methods and the trend in vegetable names for Doubles principles in particular.

Having the extent for the plain course, Celery City Doubles divides neatly into five 24-change leads, thus lending itself to be rung by place bell with reference to lead ends (and half leads too if you like). As such it affords a Doubles band good experience in preparing for more intricate methods where an understanding of place bells is vital. Although by no means unique in this quality, its further merit is an accessible blue line akin to that of St. Martin’s Bob Doubles. With all this going for it, why not give Celery City a whirl?

Posted Dec 10, 2011


Sue DeVuystJan 27 2012, 6:08 pm

This does look like FUN! I hope to ring it with you some day!--Sue DeVuyst

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