We host drum circles every every month on the full moon at Otter Creek Preserve from 7-9 pm.

Some guided and some free form, come one and all, connect with nature and enjoy!  All drums and rattles are welcome!  We may also have some drums and rattles to share during the gathering as well.

Otter Creek Preserve is a beautiful mosaic of 1000 Islands habitats within walking distance of the Village of Alexandria Bay, New York.

Directions to the preserve:  Street address is 193 Church Street, Alexandria Bay.  Within walking distance of the Village of Alexandria Bay, Otter Creek Preserve is on State Route 26 in Alexandria Bay.  At the intersection of State Rt. 12 and State Route 26, turn south (away from the Village).  The Preserve is four-tenths of a mile from the intersection on the right.  The Otter Creek Nature Trail is open to the public year-round. ATVs and snowmobiles are not permitted on the preserve.

Full Moons – 2017

  1. January 12 – Wolf Moon
  2. February 10 – Snow Moon
  3. March 12 – Worm Moon
  4. April 11 – Pink Moon
  5. May 10 – Flower Moon
  6. June 9 – Strawberry Moon
  7. July 9 – Buck Moon
  8. Aug 7 – Sturgeon Moon
  9. September 6 – Corn Moon
  10. October 5 – Harvest Moon
  11. November 4 – Beaver Moon
  12. December 3 – Cold Moon

What is a community drum circle?

Copyright © by Arthur Hull
Arthur Hull’s website http://www.drumcircle.com/

“The Community Drum Circle, in the context of how we are using it within our non-professional hand drumming culture, is the most basic and simple use of the drum and rhythm. It is the use of a rhythm based event as a tool for unity. A community drum circle in the United States is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order share their spirit by entrancing rhythmically as a percussion ensemble. They empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. Everyone who comes and participates has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome.

The quality of the music produced in an event like this is not based on the rhythmical expertise of the players, but on the quality of their relationship with the other people in the circle. The result is those magical musical moments where one powerful voice is created out of the many. In those moments, the players stop worrying about keeping time because time, as they know it, has stopped. In its place is a living breathing entity, expressing timeless joy, passion and release through the power of rhythm.

That is the beauty of a community drum circle.”

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