Drumming to celebrate Wellbriety month


Chandler Davis, a local folk drummer who has performed at a variety of venues around the county and who is the organizer of the Newport/Oregon Coast Community Drum Circle, announced an event set for this week to celebrate National Recovery Month and Native American Wellbriety Month.

Drumming will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. today (Wednesday), Sept. 16, in Agate Beach, near the trailhead at the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside in north Newport. Davis said this will be the first in-person performance since March.

“This will not be an open drum circle, and we won’t be bringing loaner drums,” Davis said, but he added there will be experienced drummers and other musicians on hand at the event.

Lincoln County has been recognizing National Recovery Month and Native American Wellbriety Month every September for nearly a decade. But the large event was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Instead, smaller celebrations are taking place. The drumming on Wednesday will be a socially-distanced (masks required as per current state mandates) outdoor event built around a commemorative “Recovery Alter.”

The drum circle is also continuing its virtual gatherings each Saturday, from 4 to 7 p.m., and all are invited to take part. To learn more, contact Davis at [email protected] or 541-272-4615.

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