Georgetown homecoming weekend brings together alumns and current students to celebrate the University and its many traditions. One such tradition is Chimes Night at the Tombs, the local watering hole of St. Elmo's fame. The Chimes, an all-male a capella group, have sung once a month at the Tombs for 48 years.
On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Chimes were back in action with a few alumni lending a harmonious voice. The small tavern was packed with current students and returning graduates ready to enjoy the talent of the crooners. The Chimes arrived early, wearing button-down shirts and ties and began to occupy a long table with benches. One member ceremoniously removed the silver beer mugs from their place of honor in a glass cabinet on the wall.
Chimes-to-be set up the microphones and lighting. Then, they began to sing. Sitting around a table, harmonizing, arm to arm, the group filled the room with songs ranging from classic barbershop to classic rock. They started off with "We Meet" (featured in the companion video to this article) moving on through other selections to the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" and ending the with Georgetown fight song.
The night was an initiation for sorts for the group's "baby chime," Alex Newton, who took the lead on many of the songs. Both new and old members were there for the first Chimes Night of the school years; Father James Patrick Michael Walsh, S.J. has been singing with the Chimes for nearly 30 years.
The night ended as Chimes alumni joined the current group to sing together arm over arm, welcoming in another homecoming weekend.