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Old 03-10-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Watkinsville, GA
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I thought I was the only one who felt this way about the drum circles

x3.

When I think of drum circles it makes me want to pull a move like John Belushi did to the guitar player in Animal House.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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x3.

When I think of drum circles it makes me want to pull a move like John Belushi did to the guitar player in Animal House.

You guys aren't very nice! I go to the drum circle and play. Sometimes my 8 year old daughter joins in.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:06 PM
 
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Yeah, I see families bringing their kids out who are wearing glow necklaces, people having a good time, nothing that should be avoided at all. If it's not your thing, then cool, but it's not the stereotypical hippy patchouli fest you think it is. Enjoy.
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Old 03-11-2010, 03:51 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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As someone that has never seen one, I'd love to go check it out. Last year they had one here in Englewood one night, I think it was over at Indian Mound. I could hear it from my lanai, it was one of the coolest things I've heard coming across the water. I wouldn't go up alone to check it out, but my hubby is on his way home, he'll be here tonight. Maybe I can talk him into going up to Nokomis on Saturday. (if the weather holds out) Does anyone know what time it starts? I've already gathered that we'd have to get there pretty early to find a parking spot and to expect the worse in the traffic situation. Also, is this a seasonal thing or do they have them year round? If so, perhaps waiting until after season would be a better idea?

TIA!
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Ohio/Sarasota
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As someone that has never seen one, I'd love to go check it out. Last year they had one here in Englewood one night, I think it was over at Indian Mound. I could hear it from my lanai, it was one of the coolest things I've heard coming across the water. I wouldn't go up alone to check it out, but my hubby is on his way home, he'll be here tonight. Maybe I can talk him into going up to Nokomis on Saturday. (if the weather holds out) Does anyone know what time it starts? I've already gathered that we'd have to get there pretty early to find a parking spot and to expect the worse in the traffic situation. Also, is this a seasonal thing or do they have them year round? If so, perhaps waiting until after season would be a better idea?

TIA!
They start about 30-45 minutes before sunset. I'm not sure what the crowd would be like now, but a couple of times last summer it was packed. If you are going to Nokomis, you can go park your car and walk back over the bridge to get something to eat. Maybe at Pop's or Pelican Alley. We've never had an issue parking for the drum circle, though. Over Christmas there was hardly anyone there. One night we only had 5-6 drummers. I will not be back until the end of the month, but I am looking forward to drumming at the beach. Make sure you bring some chairs and beverages.

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Old 03-11-2010, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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hubby is on his way home, he'll be here tonight.TIA!
Hey pretty girl!

You really outta go up to Siesta Key ((on a nice night - its gonna be aweful tonight and tomorrow night)) go to the beach first and watch the drum-line during the sunset, and then have dinner at the Blase Cafe in town. I know that you will enjoy the fireworks when you get home, as well!
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:19 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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We took some relatives to the drum circle in Nokomis last night. Like I've said before, we'd never been to one. We really enjoyed it. There were close to 30 drummers there, lots of dancers and the crowd drew to close to a couple hundred people. I'd definitely take company back there again to check it out. We got there around 5, found a perfect parking spot, there was still room right around the circle to sit. We brought munchies and bevvies and then had dinner after at Salt Water Cafe, which was fine. Pretty extensive menu, the food was not superb but fine. I don't feel the need to go to another drum circle again right away but it was a fun and interesting thing to do with company.

Thanks davery5872 for the info! BH, you're a trip! Fireworks? LMAO!
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY. Overtaxed to extreme
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We did go tonight to the drum circle and had absolutely no problem parking. No doubt because it was a little chilly. Hey say what you want but we did it and were happy with it. It's a cool thing to do. When we live here I imagine taking a chair and watching a sunset and doing this once a month or so. It is something that will not be for everyone, especially that guy who complains about thumping radios! But it is fun and free and I am blown away at the stamina of some of the drummers. To anyone involved whether you are a pro, a groupie, a hippie, a local, whatever, Thank You! It is appreciated. You know whats weird to me and I guess it is in the spirit of the event but there are no tip jars to be seen. Simply there for the enjoyment. How refreshing is that?

And to Big House and SoFLGal, big kudos to you two! My wife and bro in law absolutely loved their dinner at Blase Cafe. She had the Mahi with capers special and he had the flounder special and both were thrilled. My wife said it was fantastic! Mine was great as well so thanks for a place we hadn't been that proved to be a place we will be again I think that says it all.

Cheers
Willy
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY. Overtaxed to extreme
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You guys aren't very nice! I go to the drum circle and play. Sometimes my 8 year old daughter joins in.
Funny you say this. I have kind of had it with the parents of the kids that have been stepping on my toes over the last few days in Tampa and today in Sarasota. Today at the Mote I even had an 8 year old boy trying to get into my camera bag while it was hanging over my shoulder and I was taking a picture! The mother was laughing about it. I'm sorry lady I didn't find it funny that your precious little Johnny was trying to pick pocket my camer bag while I was busy taking a picture. I have no patience for those types of people. Parents and children. The kid actually opened the bag and reached in it.
That said when we were at the drum circle, it was awesome seeing the involvement of the kids. They were a large part of the drum circle tonight and certainly helped make it a worthwile thing. The kids were carelessly playing and making bubbles and doing their kid things and it was kind of neat seeing everyone co exist for the most part. But the events earlier in the day and days prior certainly make me want to avoid any tourist traps when there are large crowds around.
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:51 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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What I liked the most about when we went a few weeks ago was the sense of community among all of the drummers and a lot of the people watching. It was a completely laid back scene, people had brought their chairs and little cocktail tables. I didn't sense any hostility among anyone which isn't always the case when you get a bunch of people together.

Sure, there were just a few people there with little kids that were kind of a PITA but parenting isn't the same these days as it used to be anyway. (but that's a whole different thread for a whole different forum)

I took a lot of pics, the best pic was of a Dad ( mid 30's) that brought his own drum and a chair. The best part of that, was that he had also brought his little boy. The little guy (about 3 or 4) had his own little drum and own little chair. It was nice to see them both hanging out together, father and son, doing a little drumming.

Oh, there was also a woman there in the center of the circle doing Tae Kwon Do. I'll have to upload the pics later, fun stuff.

Glad you enjoyed it for the most part Willy, and I agree, warmer weather would definitely be a bonus!
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