May 1, 2016 – Another Marie Selby Botanical Garden Concert and Sunset over the Gulf

This afternoon we returned to Selby Gardens for another, excellent concert which included smooth jazz, traditional Cuban and classical.  During one of the Cuban numbers a gal got up with a hula hoop and put on the most amazing demonstration of hula hooping we’ve ever seen.  I tried to video it but pressed the wrong button to ”Record”!

After dinner with Ken and Cheryl we went out to Siesta Key Beach where a community “drum circle”

Drummers (a) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Drummers (c) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01becomes the focal point from an hour or so before sunset until the sun finally drops below the horizon when the drummers stop …

Sunset (a) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Sunset Silhouette (a) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Sunset (b) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Sunset (c) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01although this evening, they continued for almost an hour afterwards.

These “circles”, actually more of an arc is made up of anyone with a percussion instrument who wants to participate.  Historically, drum circles are probably one of the most ancient forms of community building known to man.  In the drum circle, people who are not necessarily professional musicians come together to create an improvised composition that becomes the score for their own lives.  The drum circle provides a portal into musical expression, making it an accessible experience for anyone at any age or level of ability.

Inside the “circle” you’ll find dozens of dancers,

Dancer (a) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 some seemingly almost in a trance,

Woman with Sword in her Hat at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01kids waving rhythm gymnastics ribbons,

Girl with Ribbon at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01newlyweds fresh from their Oceanside vows,

Newlyweds at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01people in entertaining costumes and,

Jester at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01this year, scores with hula hoops.

Hula Hoop (a) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Hula Hoop (b) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Hula Hoop (d) at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01

Some find creative ways to use them

Some find creative ways to use them

The most talented we saw

The most talented we saw

She was even able to use two hula hoops simultaneously

She was even able to use two hula hoops simultaneously

Oh, yes … tattoos abounded!

Tattoo (a)  at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Tattoo (b)  at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Tattoo (d)  at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Tattoo (c)  at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01Ultimately, these weekly happenings are hard to fully describe and are a “must see” if in the Sarasota area!

These weekly rituals attract literally hundreds of onlookers

People Watchers at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01 Woodstock Look at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01Some of whom found a clever way to make themselves even more comfortable but excavating  a sand couch!

Sand Couch at Sunday Night Drumming, Siesta Key, FL - 2016-05-01

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