Monday, July 26, 1999

Peace bell almost here

Pagoda's not ready, but party on the river is

The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Artist's rendering of the World Peace Bell pagoda being built in Newport.
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        NEWPORT — The World Peace Bell is scheduled to arrive this weekend amid much fanfare — but without a place to hang.

        The bell, which eventually will hang in a glass and steel pagoda at the corner of 5th and York streets in Newport, left New Orleans July 5 on a barge attached to the new Belle of Cincinnati excursion boat.

        Northern Kentucky businessman Wayne Carlisle said the pagoda should be completed in time for Tall Stacks '99, Oct. 13-17. In the meantime, the bell will be stored on a Carlisle Construction Co. dock on the Licking River in Wilder.

        The 33-ton bell, which will hang in the lower portion of the 54-foot-high structure, will ring in the new year and the new millennium on Dec. 31.

Visitors have marveled at the bell on its trip upriver from New Orleans .
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m., it will be the focal point of festivities along the Serpentine Wall, including a parade of world flags, a river flotilla of boats, and performances by the Northern Ken tucky Symphony and several marching bands.

        Joe Bride, vice president of communications for Millennium Monument Co., said the bell will stay in a secure area of the Carlisle property on the river bank until Riverfest fireworks during Labor Day weekend.

        “The barge ... will be brought back down the Licking, probably to Barleycorn's floating restaurant on the Newport shore, where it will be on display for the fireworks,” he said.

        Then it's back to the Carlisle docks until the pagoda is ready.

        Millennium Monument Co. President Ray Biel said Sunday's celebration will be the last opportunity for people to get close to the bell and hear it ring before it hangs at the pavilion.

        The festivities will include a joint proclamation of World Peace Day by Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli, Covington Mayor Denny Bowman and Bellevue Mayor Tom Weithorn.

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