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MCHC’s is forming ‘drum circle’ to let ‘people to have fun’


People of all ages are welcome to bang on drums of any type — even old buckets and cans — at MCHC’s new “Heartbeats” drum circle, which kicks off this Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the old Whitesburg High School. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m.

People of all ages are welcome to bang on drums of any type — even old buckets and cans — at MCHC’s new “Heartbeats” drum circle, which kicks off this Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the old Whitesburg High School. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m.

I don’t want to work
I just want to bang on
my drum all day – Todd
Rundgren

Work might not let you bang on your drum all day, but Mountain Comprehensive Health Care will let you bang on your drum all evening on Fridays.

The healthcare nonprofit is opening up the parking lot of the old Whitesburg High School for a drum circle beginning at 4:30 Friday, and continuing every Friday evening as long as people want to do it.

“It’s not like a performance or anything, we’re just providing a venue for people to have fun,” MCHC CEO Mike Caudill said.

Caudill said people can bring their own drum, bucket or whatever it is they plan to bang on, set out a lawn chair, talk to friends, and enjoy having an evening with no stress and no responsibilities.

I took a stick and an old
coffee can
I bang on that thing ‘til
I go tBlisters on my hand

 

 

If you don’t know what a drum circle is, you can search YouTube for “Asheville drum circle” and find out.

“Two years ago, I was passing through Asheville, North Carolina, on a Friday afternoon and decided to go downtown to get something to eat,” Caudill said. “There’s a little triangle park there, and they had a drum circle going on. I didn’t know what it was called at the time.”

He said he’s been back twice since, and he thought it might go over in Letcher County.

“It’s just to relax and let the stress of your week roll off your shoulders before the weekend,” Caudill said.

And I get my sticks and go
out to the shed
And I pound on that
drum like it was the boss’s
head

Caudill said the initial night will have some people who have been involved in drum circles before just to get things started, but they will be participating, not performing. Caudill said he expects the sound will bring people in.

“We’re going to try it for several weeks and see how it works out,” he said.

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