Drum, Eat, Drum #3 with Bonfire (weather permitting)

  • May 4, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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We're going to do it again. . . . AND . . . We have an update for you all - we are very pleased to announce that we will be joined by some special guests for this event.  Abdoulaye Diallo, a Senegalese djembe instructor in the Monterey area and his group Tam Tam Sacre'e are going to be joining us for the afternoon and evening.

Come on out to drum, dance or just enjoy the music.

This drum circle will start with drumming at 3pm, with a pot luck dinner available.  It will be at the home of Alan and Penny in the rolling hills near San Juan Bautista (SJB).

SJB is only about a 40 minute drive south on 101 from central San Jose. The town of SJB is to the left of 101 as you are going south, but Penny and Alan's home is on the right, in a peaceful countryside setting.  Their home home sits atop a wooded hill with wonderful views of rolling hills and green pastures.  You really, really, should use the Google map LINK above for the exact location (the green arrow points to their house; it's shape is a hexagon with an old tennis court next to the long winding driveway), otherwise you will probably get lost.  Look for a "Meetup" sign that will mark where to turn from Searle Rd. to Merrill Road, and another marking the driveway.

If you are going to attend, please include a comment letting everyone know what you are going to bring for the potluck.  Beer and wine is allowed.  Penny and Alan will supply the plates, cups, and utensils.  If you have a favorite chair or stool that you use for drumming, you are welcome and encouraged to bring it.  Also, there will be plenty of extra drums and percussion toys to experiment with.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a wonderful time drumming and meeting new drummers. Look forward to getting together again.

    1 · May 6, 2013

  • Ai

    it was SO awesome to see you all! what a day and night! i can hardly believe we were there for what....7 hours?!! the drumming, guests, dinner, FIRE made for an incredible time. even catching the Kentucky Derby 2 minutes was exciting!! the winds were asking us to 'let go' and the fire brought calm and sweetness to say good night. i had to take a nap mid-morning today, just because....
    Penny & Alan, i will say too: you Rock!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Alan

    We would like to thank all of you good folks for coming out to join us and for making the whole afternoon and evening so enjoyable! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon - happy drumming!!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • andrew s.

    best yet

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Michelle M

    Wonderful, welcoming, relaxing, and awesome to have the Senegalese teacher present to challenge the brain a little. Thanks everyone for the fantastic food.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • DjembeJohn

    Wow.... how to describe this event.... we had about 20 members and their guests, PLUS the Senegalese djembe instructor and his performance group of about seven, PLUS a handful of kids. We drummed outside with a cool ocean winds blowing from the west. The performance group played several rhythms that were very complicated and hard for us normal circle drummers to follow, but there were other rhythms that were simpler. The potluck food was great. We had more drumming after dinner, and when it got dark, we lit a fire outside on the tennis court. There was only a small group left for the fire. We finally stopped at about 10pm, put out the fire, and said our goodbyes. Thanks to Alan and Penny for hosting.

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • CarmenM

      Yes, it was a wonderful event and I want to thank you for putting it together. I did have a difficult time keeping up with the experienced drummers but it was fun trying. I only wish I had brought warmer cloths for the after potluck drumming. It was a great experience!

      May 5, 2013

  • Robin l.

    Again, there is something wonderful that happens to me when
    I drive up that gravel road to Alan and Penny's!
    Raj, a fellow drummer and I both agreed that every cell in our bodies are happy when playing our drums and other instruments. I feel like a kid in a candystore myself! Dinner was much appreciated as was finding respite in a warm beautiful home !

    Wind and cold aside--- another marvelous time. Everyone was so nice and the heaters were a gift!!!

    Thank you A & P!
    (I want you to know though that a wooden percussion instrument rolled off the tall table after i placed it down and the tip broke off. I meant to show you but I left without doing so.
    Forgive my clumsiness and if i can find one I'd like to replace it.)
    Robin

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Kathryn L.

    One of the best meetups ever! I LOVE being challenged with drum rhythms, and could actually play at least the djun-djun part on my djembe after a few minutes, and could then try to follow the drummers from Monterey. Great food--sorry I left around 8,but it was cold. Alan and Penny are the hosts with the mosts.

    May 5, 2013

  • Cheryl R.

    Great to be surrounded by such a great group! Thank you Penny and Alan for everything. Can't wait till next time.

    May 4, 2013

  • CarmenM

    I had a great time connecting with people and with drumming!

    May 4, 2013

  • Mary

    Absolutely wonderful! The music was terrific, the food was great, and thank you Penny and Alan for being world class hosts! You guys rock!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Robin l.

    Penny and Alan i am bringing a friend, sorry for last min change.

    May 4, 2013

  • Michelle M

    So excited! I'll bring a lemon cake if I finish work early, otherwise, vino it will be.

    May 3, 2013

  • DjembeJohn

    I'll bring coconut-curry rice with shrimp.

    May 3, 2013

  • Ai

    i am planning to bring a cilantro pesto with assorted veggies and naan or bread.
    so looking forward to this!

    May 2, 2013

  • Robin l.

    Ill bring baked potatoes again!
    And a chair.
    I am looking forward to this meetup.
    Cheers,
    Robin

    May 2, 2013

  • Ai

    i clicked my YES before checking my calendar and am very exhausted from back to back drumming! great to see you both and the 'crew' as always. thanks for offering your warm hospitality and home.....it'll be fantastic! i absolutely do not know what i will bring for pot luck now (something with a flavorful beat!)....will keep you posted.

    March 24, 2013

  • Heather Holland, R.

    Gluten-free Spice cake-yummy!

    May 1, 2013

  • John S.

    Thank you Alan & Penny for the invite. I am looking forward to it! Any suggestions on what to bring for the pot luck? please advise.

    March 26, 2013

    • Mike

      How about djembe flambé, timbale tamales, bongo bon bons, cabasa kielbasa, tom tom turkey (w/drumsticks, of course), marinated maraca, or... roasted beats w/jam?

      April 25, 2013

  • Mary

    I am so looking forward to this! I will be bringing curried rice quinoa (vegetarian and gluten-free).

    April 25, 2013

  • Cheryl R.

    I'll be there, I have another event that ends at 3 so Ill be getting in a bit late. I'll bring a pasta dish. Thanks for opening your home!

    April 25, 2013

  • CarmenM

    At first I said No to the invitation but I think I may go after all. I am a beginner and love to drum. I have been to 2 drumming circles and the last one was at Stanford University that John put together. It seems like a long drive but I am sure it will be worth it.

    April 25, 2013

  • Kathryn L.

    Knee surgery postponed, so I'm free that day, and choose to drum this day, not sing! Not sure what I'll bring for the potluck, but probably a dessert.

    April 24, 2013

  • DjembeJohn

    For those of you interested, the bonfire will NOT be in the house. Alan has set up a fire pit outside on an old tennis court. It will be like a beach bonfire, but none of that nasty sand getting in everything.

    1 · March 25, 2013

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