One of many great treats that come with spending the summer in New Haven is getting to hear Friday night carillon concerts. Harkness Tower—Yale’s iconic bell tower that overlooks Branford College—is home to the Harkness Memorial Carillon with 54-bells, pitched in B. Tonight at 7:00 PM, Julie Zhu (‘13) will play those bells for the fifth concert in the Summer 2014 Concert Series.
During the school year, members of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs play the bells from a small room high in the tower around lunch and dinner time each day. The tower, built in 1917, is 216 feet tall, with 284 steps to the roof. Fun fact: the lowest bell weights 13,400 pounds.
New Haven is full of hidden gems—but this one isn’t quite so hidden. Pictured here is East Rock, a beautiful 425-acre park that can be found just a short walk, jog, or bike ride away from campus. East Rock Park offers students a break from the hustle and bustle of city life—not to mention, of course, a beautiful view of campus and the city of New Haven from the summit.
Just as Yale is both a research university and a liberal arts college, New Haven is at once a growing city and a seaside town. One of New Haven’s best kept summer secrets is Lighthouse Point Park, a beautiful beach just minutes from campus. The beach features a historic lighthouse, the Five Mile Point Light, that was once an integral part of the New Haven Harbor until it was functionally replaced by the Southwest Ledge Light in 1877. Plus, with a boat launch, a fishing pier, picnic tables, a carousel, and more, there’s no shortage of things to do! Check out these photos by Lizz ‘15 and Michael Marsland.