One Heart Community Drumming's 18th Anniversary Gathering

posted Feb 20, 2014, 8:59 AM by Dennis James   [ updated Feb 20, 2014, 9:00 AM ]
 One Heart Community Drumming will be celebrating their 18th anniversary with a dish to pass meal at 2:00 and drum circle to immediately follow. Please join us as we come together to continue the tradition of acceptance and becoming one through the rhythm that we all share within us. This is also a time to remember Steve as the founder and show our gratitude for his commitment to One Heart which we strive to continue.

 The beginning--One-Heart Community Drumming began at the 1995 North East Regional Rainbow gathering in the summer of 1995, in the Finger Lakes National Forest, in Hector, NY. A group of people from the local area participated in some drum circles there, and had a blast. After the gathering ended, we began meeting in Stewart Park on Sundays, with families gathering, and sharing food, and drumming. At the end of the warm season, our drumming ended, until one of the members decided to have a meeting in their home to discuss finding an indoor location to drum during the winter. Steve Calkins worked at the Alternative Community School, and obtained the principal’s consented to use that space. In February of 1996 we began a weekly drum circle there that has existed since that time.

  Steve's words -- “The drum circle is open to everyone. Many of the drummers have strong music backgrounds, some have never played at all. Every week new people will show up. People find out about the positive energy of our circle. We don’t actively promote our circle, but people seem to hear about it and want to come see what it’s all about.”