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Drum circle to bring positive energy to Olde Town

Justin Conway, Lisa Rivas Evand and Luke Conway are ready for the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts Drum Circle that will strike its first beat today at 7 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens in Olde Town. (Special photo)

Justin Conway, Lisa Rivas Evand and Luke Conway are ready for the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts Drum Circle that will strike its first beat today at 7 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens in Olde Town. (Special photo)

CONYERS — A cacophony of rhythm and harmony and goodwill will rise from Olde Town today as the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts hosts the first Community Drumming Circle.

Jackie Sprague, director of the Arts Council, said the event is open to everyone and is meant to be a time that people can simply play together to the rhythm of life.

“There is no fee, no vendors and no alcohol,” Sprague said. “This event is to promote community awareness, goodwill and positive energy.”

Drum circles, which are informal gatherings of people who meet simply to hammer out a few beats on whatever percussion instrument they have, are popular on beaches in Florida and California. Asheville, N.C., has had a community drum circle every Friday for several years. Sprague said when she and her husband visited there recently, they stopped in to see what it was about. She said the community park where it was held was filled with people of all ages, races and walks of life. Some were playing drums, others had rainmakers and tambourines, and some simply danced to the sounds.

Sprague said she wanted to bring some of that same energy to Olde Town.

Beginning tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Lewis Vaughn Botanical Garden, the Community Drumming Circle will strike its first beat, and will continue the first Friday of every month through October.

The drum circle will play on – rain or shine – but may move under the Olde Town Pavilion if the weather becomes too inclement, she said.

In addition to binding the community through the drum circle, Sprague said she hopes the monthly event will serve to introduce a wider audience to the stores and restaurants in Olde Town.

“The Drum Circle is an event filled with positive energy and good will for all ages,” she said.