(Moved location) Solstice Drum/Dance at Sellwood Park (with Potluck)

6:00 -- 7:00 pm: picnic 'n potluck
7:00 -- 9:00 pm: regular drum/dance circle

PLEASE NOTE:- This is an OUTDOOR event at Sellwood Park. When you get to the park, look for drums (follow the sound of drums -or- the sweet smell of FUN, whichever gets you first).

Greetings movers, shakers 'n all ye rhythm-makers!

Bring your drum
And your restless feet
As one we become
Hearts shall open and meet

Tap your fingers
And sway to the beat
As the rhythm rises and lingers
Together we feel more complete

Come alone or bring your friends. You don't have to be a drummer to come; come just to watch or listen. And if you're a drummer, all skill levels are welcome. And feel free to bring other acoustic instruments -- didjridoo, flute, guitar, harmonica, whatever.

Microphones and PA will be available for people who would like to sing or for use with other soft instruments.  We will also have a few 'Toyboxes' full of other percussive noise-toys and some extra drums for sharing.  If you have extra instruments to share, please bring them.

As for dancing, you DO NOT need to be a trained dancer (although we do have those from time to time) to get up and move to the beat. As long as YOU are having fun dancing, anything goes.


It's great to see the drummers, didj players, and dancers all playing off of each other.

Don't be a spectator, PARTICIPATE. YOU are the show!

KIDS ARE MOST WELCOME!!

Please support us with a suggested donation of $2.00.

Love and Light,

~ Jeff & Sage (Twilight, Doug, Eric, Joe & Becca)

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  • Melissa B.

    We love you Sage! Missed the last circle, crossing my fingers to see y'all at the next one.

    1 · June 22

    • Sage R.

      I'm sure you'll make it next time.

      June 23

  • Becca R.

    LOST FUN BAG
    Did someone, with very cocientious and loving parents, misplace an adventure and music bag covered in cars, trucks and planes? Message me so I can get it back to you! I can bring it to the next jam:)

    June 23

  • Channah P.

    It was a beautiful evening to share with kindred souls as we played our instruments and danced.

    6 · June 22

    • Channah P.

      Val was kind enough to bring me and my scooter up to the moved location and then take me back to the other park so I could get the Lift home. Dave and a few others were kind enough to help take my scooter apart, get into Val's SUV, and put it back together again. I'm so happy I have a scooter that breaks down so it can even go into the truck of a car. I felt so blessed and thankful to have such wonderful people help me out!

      1 · June 22

    • Channah P.

      Rebecca, we'll definitely connect next time!

      1 · June 22

  • Sage R.

    Last nite was proof that the circle can take care of itself. I take full responsibility for the screwup and the confusion it created, and yet… it was so wondrous to see how everyone came together and salvaged the evening. A huge THANK YOU to Eric, Dave, Joel, Val, David and everyone else who redirected the energy to upper sell wood, posted signs etc. Bless you! If you made it, thank you . We loved having you. My sincere apologies if you couldn't find us. PEACE 'n LOVE!

    4 · June 22

    • rick b.

      no worries Sage. it turned out to be a great evening - we still love you !

      4 · June 22

  • rick b.

    It was great way to usher in summer !

    1 · June 22

  • Eric

    Another "perfect circle". If you missed it because of the confusion, I am really sorry. A bunch of us tried our best to get the word out so everyone could find us. It was epic in every way, from almost falling through, to drumming the sun below the horizon. Happy Solstice everyone.

    5 · June 22

  • Jeff K.

    So just to confirm, that drum circle has moved to Sellwood Park on &th Ave? or Laurelhurst Park?

    June 21

    • Jeff K.

      Thats 7th Ave, not &th Ave.

      June 21

    • Sage R.

      Sorry we lost you, Jeff. Missed you man!

      June 22

  • Rose

    hope I find you all!

    1 · June 21

    • David H.

      It is above the riverfront park, higher ground, 7th Ave

      June 21

    • Sage R.

      So glad you found us, Rose.

      June 22

  • Doug P.

    I miss all the fun :)

    1 · June 21

    • Sage R.

      … and the epic confusion. We missed you man! :)

      1 · June 22

  • Lydia

    Had a very wonderful time with everyone tonight :) blessing to you all on this solstice day! <3

    5 · June 21

    • Sage R.

      Thanks for making it a sweet evening, Lydia.

      June 22

  • David H.

    I'm glad we weathered the location move and enjoyed a very very nice evening - if only the entire world, and especially political leaders could see and participate in a Drum Circle where any and all are welcome and befriended with such ease...

    2 · June 22

  • Elo

    It was a pleasure meeting this group, though I did not meet everyone nor do I think I would have passed the name game at the end of the night if I had (There were so many lovely people there). :) Thanks for the healing atmosphere and positive intentions! What a wonderful evening. I look forward to the next event.

    2 · June 22

    • Sage R.

      Glad you found us, Elo. We love your vibes.

      June 22

  • Becca R.

    Wow such a journey! I was so touched/moved by how we pulled it together! I really was so blessed by the heart at the circle! I really felt like I was with my family. I wouldn't have wanted to spend the Solstice anywhere else!

    2 · June 22

  • Mark D.

    Upper sellwood is gorgeous. The kids loved having the open fields, trees, and playground. Thank you everyone.

    2 · June 22

  • Eric

    Sorry for the confusion folks. We've all moved to Sellwood Park. Hope you can make it. I'm using Eric's phone. ~ Sage

    June 21

  • Eric

    The link is in my earlier comment to a map of where we are at!

    June 21

  • Eric

    So many apologies everyone, Sage and everyone from Laurelhurst is at Upper Sellwood Park too! Come one come all, we'll be a rockin'.

    June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok we'll be in the proximity of 7th and Miller -- just a little ways above (going uphill) from the Riverfront Park

    June 21

  • David H.

    Those who are coming to Sellwood, a bunch of us have staked out a location on the south end of the Upper Sellwood park just behind the children's play area and next to an old-style bldg labeled The Kitchen.

    June 21

  • Eric

    sorry for the confusion folks! Some of us are going to Laurelhurst, some of us are staying in a Sellwood area. If you're in the Sellwood area here is the Google maps link: Dropped Pin
    near Sellwood Park, Portland, OR[masked]http://goo.gl/maps/zWAcy

    June 21

  • Eric

    Choose your park! The first one to the solstice wins :^)

    June 21

  • David H.

    Many of us have driven all the way to Sellwood. And we're simply going up the hill a couple blocks to the upper Sellwood park where the pool is located. The address for that location is 7951 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

    June 21

  • Val

    OK we are moving to the upper selwood park close to the swimming pool. We are posting signs.

    June 21

    • Sage R.

      Val, could you guys change the sign to Laurelhurst Park. We're meeting there instead.

      June 21

  • Sage R.

    Oops, I screwed up. We've had to move our jam to Laurelhurst Park, by the Lake. There's a Samuel Adams event going on at Sellwood park. So sorry folks. Hope you can make it to Laurelhurst. We'll be by the lake.

    June 21

  • Val

    OK

    June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a concert going on here . A few of us (right by the red building) are trying to come up w a plan B

    June 21

  • Val

    OK I' m at a park. Maybe the wrong park. Because there is a concert being set up. Are we at a different part of the park?

    June 21

  • Melissa B.

    Everyone, I am having lots of trouble figuring out how to get there. My bus app cannot figure it out at all. I've had a really sad week, and I could really use a ride from the downtown (pioneer square) over there. Please text me[masked] if you can help me get to this event. I'd love to be able to go. I'll be in the downtown all afternoon, and not at a computer, so texting or calling works best.

    June 21

  • Sage R.

    Just a reminder, potluck begins at 6pm, jam at 7pm. If you don't wanna to sit on grass, please bring a chair or blanket. Happy solstice day to you!

    June 21

  • Kevin [Mister R.

    Sage/Rebecca/Jeff/Eric/Organizers/All - I am seriously considering bringing my collection of over a dozen Tibetan Singing Bowls, and maybe 4 Crystal Singing Bowls, and play them as "quiet background sounds" during the potluck phase. I'd set up before 6:00, pack them up around 6:45 to make ready for the group drum event. Some folks could bring something (yoga mat) to lie on if you wanted to lay out and listen....

    Any objections - or strong encouragement - for me regarding this? My bowls LOVE to be played, and I LOVE Solstice/Equinox. -- regards, Mister Reiki

    2 · June 21

    • Sage R.

      Awesome, Kevin! Great way to celebrate the solstice. We could even do a special singing-bowl-toning thingy somewhere in the middle of our usual jam.

      1 · June 21

    • Kevin [Mister R.

      We are good for Solstice launch - I'll bring those bowls! If a vocal coach I know attends, she is soooo capable of facilitating some amazing group sounds... I am very happy to contribute, and my bowls will sing for joy! Yay!

      1 · June 21

  • Chetter G.

    You all have a great time!

    June 21

    • Becca R.

      Will you not be joining us? I wish you a great time in what you are doing!

      June 21

    • Sage R.

      Until next time, Chetter.

      June 21

  • Sage R.

    For those of you who like to sing, here are a couple of songs we'll be doing this solstice.
    1) SUMMERTIME. Here's Sam Cooke's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWFiW3nzc0E
    Lyrics by George Gershwin are here: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/g/george_gershwin/summertime.html

    2) IKO IKO. Original version by The Dixie Cups (a Mardi Gras classic) is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uFYkLFAg18

    Even if you don't care to sing, the rhythms for both songs are easy and fun. Check 'em out!

    1 · June 16

  • Melissa B.

    How do we know who is bringing what for food????

    1 · June 11

    • Becca R.

      Very interesting Channah! Thanks for sharing

      1 · June 11

    • Sage R.

      Fascinating description about the origins of "potluck," Channah. Ha, who knew?! Love it! Melissa, I'd say bring something that's summery and light. Veg, fruit or pasta salads, hot dogs, cookies, etc are all good examples. Carnivores will appreciate meat, vegans will avoid anything with animal products. No matter. As Becca says, bring whatever YOU will enjoy eating… and an amount that'll feed about 4 to 5. That's it.

      1 · June 11

  • Eric

    Wow, a solstice drum circle! How fortunate our regularly scheduled circle should coincide with such an auspicious day! I want to share why I think solstices are so special, and invite everyone to likewise share what they think, here in the comments, as the next circle approaches.
    I think of it like an hourglass, an equinox (spring/fall) is when the hourglass is balanced and I should consider what to do with the remaining time in the "hourglass"; spring being time to sow, fall being time to reap.
    Solstices are like when the hourglass is ready to be turned again, a "tipping point". Nature has it so, unlike a real hourglass, this one tips automatically. Although it happens "automatically", I see a solstice as a great time to reexamine my life-situations; to put intention into the "tipping point"; a renewal - of sorts; starting fresh; a time to purge unneeded patterns/habits, and embrace new ones; summer being the outward peak returning in, winter being the inward peak returning out.

    :^)

    4 · June 9

    • Sage R.

      I love your hourglass metaphor, bro. It is spot on! For me, summer solstice is proof that the light within each of us CAN overcome and triumph over inner darkness. Repeating season after season, it's an overt reminder from without of the awesome power we harbor within.

      1 · June 10

    • Becca R.

      I really appreciate the metaphor and the point of the repetitive cycle of our light overcoming our darkness. Yea, solstice is such a powerful reminder of how I/ all of humanity can grow and change:)

      1 · June 11

  • Doug P.

    Unfortunately, I will be out of town on this date. Have fun everyone!

    June 10

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