Drumming for Peace
Every year, the year round Newport Community Drum Circle devotes the last Tuesday evening drum circle of the summer season to thoughts of peace and remembrance, as the event prepares to move to its winter Saturday afternoon schedule in the glass enclosed gazebo at Don Davis Park across from the Newport Performing Arts Center.
The special annual Peace Drum Circle this Tuesday [September 20], from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the park, commemorates United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21) and honors those who have fallen (on all sides) in armed conflicts around the world, according to Drum Circle Coordinator, Chandler Davis.
“We used to do this in conjunction with the Newport Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice’s weeklong series of remembrances tied to the UN event. When the larger program was discontinued, we decided to continue our recognition independently,” Davis said. “Don Davis Park is also the site of a memorial to local residents who died as a result of the conflict in Vietnam, and it just seems especially appropriate to consciously turn our thoughts and intentions, as we drum there, to peace and remembrance at least once a year.”
Davis said the drum circle will follow its usual format, but he will bring along some rhythms that have traditionally been associated with peace in various cultures and participants are invited to bring rhythms and short readings or remembrances that represent the wish for peace to them. The event is non-denominational and all are welcome.
The all-ages, family friendly drum circle will return to its monthly winter schedule at the park in October, meeting every second Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. through April. “The gazebo is unheated, but it’s our ninth winter there and it warms up quickly, on even the coldest days, when we get a bunch of energetic drummers in there,” Davis said.