The venerable Newport Community Drum Circle is celebrating the beginning of its twelfth year of regularly scheduled free and family friendly rhythm jams at Don and Ann Davis Park (across Olive Street from the Performing Arts Center) this month.
Tuesday’s [August 20] regular drum circle at the park has been designated as the “official” 12-year birthday party. Drum Circle leader Chandler Davis said everyone is invited and participants are invited to bring birthday munchies and non-alcoholic beverages (and silly hats, if you must) to add to the party atmosphere.
The drug, alcohol and smoke free drum circles at the park are held every first and third Tuesday (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.) through September; winter sessions are held inside the park’s glass-enclosed gazebo every second Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The ad hoc non-profit organization also sponsors popular professional-level performance events throughout the year, as well as recreational and therapeutic outreach drum circles and other participatory drumming events for church, school, residential treatment and civic organizations year-round. Organizations sponsoring Drum Circle activities have included the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, Oregon Coast Community College, Lincoln County School District, Chambers of Commerce, churches, art galleries, and popular Lincoln County music venues.
Davis said the group’s newsletter maintains more than 1000 active subscriber/members, the regular drum circles at the park typically attract from two to three dozen (to more than 50) participants, both locals and visitors, of all ages and ethnic and social-economic backgrounds.
The drum circles, and most performance events are free and family friendly, no musical experience is required for participation, and loaner drums and rhythm toys are available for those who don’t have their own.
The drum circles are supervised and lightly facilitated and disruptive behavior is not tolerated.
For more information contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-272-4615.