Every Friday evening Asheville North Carolina heralds the end of the workweek with the sound of hand drums. crowds gather at Pritchard Park for the community drum circle. What a fun event, and you can see there are all kinds of people playing anything from sophisticated bongos and stand up drums to regular plastic 5 gallon buckets.
The circle begins to take shape around 5 p.m., when about a dozen djembe players take seats on the amphitheater benches that rise along one side of the park. Musicians with larger drums stand facing the brick courtyard below. A few drums start a rhythm; others add layers. Congas, dunduns, and shekere fill in. No one leads, and there are no verbal cues about what to play or when to begin; it’s less like a hierarchy and more like a hive, the songs speeding up, slowing down, and changing on their own. By 6 p.m., musicians, spectators, and dancers fill the park. Young and old, dancing, twirling, hula-hooping and plain old having a great time.
We experienced our first Circle while enjoying an outside dinner at Tupelo Honey, another great Asheville establishment, and the beer, wow! Asheville is home to 18 craft breweries. On any given day, about 50 local beers can be enjoyed in Asheville, served on draft and in bottles. Each brewery has its own unique atmosphere and personality and the same could be said for the beer. Beer City USA. You will find one heck of a selection of IPA’s which I am very partial to, so this is truly beer heaven! My favorite was The Freak of Nature IPA from Wicked Weed Brewing.
Have a great Friday and a super weekend!