Bring a drum, a pot, or anything to rattle or shake, says Carla Carlson, organizer of the summer solstice celebration at Ryerson Park.
The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, has long been held in high esteem by many societies around the world, said Carlson, who has been organizing solstice drumming circles on June 21 since 1998, when she began what has become a long-standing family tradition in Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie.
In 2009, she expanded, holding her first Drumming Down the Sun event in Charles Daley Park in Jordan, and in 2014, aided by local Loretta Peitrobon, brought it to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The first year the event was held in Queen’s Royal Park, but the drummers who attended discovered “you can’t see the sun set from the beach we had chosen, making drumming down the sun kind of hard,” said Carlson.
The next year it was moved to Ryerson Park, where the drumming circle congregates on the grass above the beach.
If it rains, said Carlson, the NOTL event will be cancelled because there is no shelter.
The Port Dalhousie event has been moved to Westcliff Park in St. Catharines. Lakeside Park is still under water and closed.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you’d like to sit, “but be prepared to dance,” she said.
The event begins at 7 p.m. with yoga, led by John Pizzolato from Fox Den Yoga.
Drumming leaders are needed, and all participants are encouraged to bring drums, tambourines, rattles — anything to make some sound.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carlson at 905-327-9482.