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New Meetup: Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle and Picnic

From: Laura
Sent on: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Washington DC Spanish Fan?ticos!

What: Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle and Picnic

When: August 23,[masked]:30 PM

Meridian Hill Park
16th St NW & Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Looking for a nice, relaxing, Sunday afternoon activity? Join us at Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights to speak Spanish, listen to the drum circle, and have a picnic. The weekly drum circle in Meridian Hill Park is the largest in D.C. and is a tradition that has lasted over 40 years.

Meridian Hill Park is bordered by 16th, Euclid, 15th, and W Streets. The closest metro stop is Columbia Heights.

Meet us there around 3:30 P.M., pack a sandwich and stay through dinnertime!

What to bring: A blanket or yoga mat to sit on, any food you plan on eating during the event, and any frisbees/soccer balls/baseballs you may have lying around the house for a lazy afternoon at the park. If you play the drums or an instrument, feel free to bring it and join the drum circle. If you do not play an instrument, you can still join in as a dancer, or you can just watch!

How to find us: We will be on the grass near the drum circle. We will be wearing nametags. I will also bring a sign that says "Washington DC Spanish Fanaticos." If you still are unable to find us, you can call my cell phone at[masked] and I can help you locate the group. We will probably stay at the park from 3:30-7:00 P.M.

In case you haven't experienced the Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle Yet, here is an editorial review from The Washington Post:

Editorial Review

It's dusk on a Sunday in strait-laced old Washington, and a dozen locals are dancing wildly in the park. They're barefoot and bohemian and, in some instances, excruciatingly out of step.

But no one seems to care. This weekly rhythm-and-love fest takes all comers.

In a tradition that stretches back decades, musicians from across the region pile into a little plot at the head of Meridian Hill Park's highest plane each week and set up their drums. Or cowbells or tambourines. Sometimes something like a didgeridoo.

An African beat begins, and then come the dancers, usually led by a few who know what they're doing and followed by a gaggle of beginners just trying to keep up. More folks come just to sit at the fringes, watching, tapping in time with this scene of looseness and leisure.

The next morning, the rush will return. But for these hours, in this park, it's only about the drumming, the dancing and delighting.

Tip: If you've never been to Meridian Hill Park, make sure you take time to explore. It's a place of surprises, including statues of Dante and James Buchanan.

-- Ellen McCarthy (January 25, 2008)

Hope to see everyone on August 23rd. In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.

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