Drumming for peace in Newport


The Newport Community Drum Circle dedicates the last Tuesday night drum circle of its summer season each year to a special Peace Drum Circle commemorating the United Nations’ International Day of Peace (officially Sept. 21).

The event falls on the closest regularly scheduled drum circle to the official date, which this year is Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the glass-enclosed gazebo at Davis Park, located across from the Newport Performing Arts Center. The park also contains a Vietnam War Memorial, noted drum circle leader Chandler Davis, “so it seems an appropriate time and place to also remember and honor those who have fallen in the world’s armed conflicts.”

The drum circle moves next month to its regular monthly winter schedule, meeting in the enclosed gazebo every second Saturday of the month, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, Oct.13, and going through April 2019.

The UN International Peace Day was established in 1981 by unanimous resolution. This year’s theme is “The Right to Peace-The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70."

Davis said the local observance will follow the usual open drum circle format. “I’ll bring some rhythms that have traditionally been associated with peace in various cultures. Anyone who wishes is welcome to bring rhythms and short readings or remembrances that represent the wish for peace to them, or they can just enjoy making music together in peace and cooperation.”

All are welcome. The drum circle is drug, alcohol, and smoke-free and family-friendly. No musical experience is necessary, and loaner drums are available for anyone who doesn’t have one.

For more information, contact Davis at [email protected] or 541-272-4615.


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