Submitted by Kathe Hall of Van Goghs Hideaway
When folks around town have asked "What is a drum Circle?", I just simply explain that it's a group of people gathered into a circle for the purpose of making music with percussion instruments like drums, tambourines, etc.
At left, Jim and Mary Heaster of Tate discussing sharing the drum at a recent drumming circle. Van Goghs Hideaway holds drumming circles each month.
Though drumming circles can be found all across the country and take on many aspects, we are not limited to any specific tradition or culture. It's a time to come relax, encourage creativity, and fellowship.
At VanGoghs Hideaway we schedule drumming on the full moon of each month.
It's a night of magic around a bonfire (or just sitting in a circle if raining) where folks create rhythm, chill out, connect with rhythms while enjoying the company of others. You don't have to have a drum or even rhythm to come relax and listen to the music of various drums, homemade intrustments, tambourines, spoon rattlers and such.
Each month we have a leader, that gets us going and we usually drum for about 45 minutes, sometimes longer. We gather in the winter months around 5:30 p.m. to greet and meet and then begin drumming around 6 p.m. Sometimes we bring covered dish dinner, sometimes we just have drinks and light snacks.
In November we had dinner and roasted marshmallows by the bonfire. It's free but if you would like to make a donation to cover drinks and snacks you are welcome to.
The next drumming will be At VanGoghs HIdeaway, located in the building where Burnt Mountain Trading is located on Church Street and will begin at
5:30 on Monday, Jan. 9.
If you have a drum or an instrument you would like to play please bring it. We will be outside, however if it is raining we will be inside.
Call Kathe Hall if you have any questions 706-692-5625.
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