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Drum down the sun: Popular solstice celebration returns after three years
Drumming Down the Sun returns to Ryerson Park next Wednesday. Guests will welcome in the new season with yoga and a drum circle. Richard Harley

Summer is a season to be savoured — and there’s no reason to be quiet about it.

Luckily, you can make some noise to welcome the warmth next Wednesday during Drumming Down the Sun at Ryerson Park.

The annual celebration of the summer solstice returns after a three-year hiatus. 

The evening will kick off with gentle yoga at 7 p.m., led by Ara Ribas, founder of ARAYOGA.

Yoga will be followed by a drum circle as the sun sets over Lake Ontario.

The drum circle will be led by Kevin Richard Hotte, master drummer and founder of Circular Motion, a drum therapy workshop.

Organizer Loretta Pietrobon told The Lake Report that while it’s a drumming event, guests can bring whatever instrument they want.

“If you don’t have musical skills, just bring something to drum or something to make noise with,” she said.

“If people want to join in with another type of instrument that’s more than welcome.”

The celebration of summer is returning to NOTL for its seventh year, but it began 26 years ago in Port Dalhousie.

“Back in 2013 I went to Lakeside Park and thought, ‘We can do this in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we’ve got the perfect spot for it.’ ” 

Pietrobon said she got in touch with Carla Carlson, founder of Niagara Nature Tours, and together they began the search for NOTL’s perfect location. They started at Queen’s Royal Park before settling at Ryerson. 

“While Ryerson (Park) doesn’t have washrooms and the parking is very limited now, it has a great sunset and that’s the focus of the event.”

Admission to Wednesday’s solstice event is free, but donations are appreciated, Pietrobon said.

Donations will help cover expenses for the event, such as hiring the drum circle leader and yoga instructor.

“In a region where so many activities are focused during the summer, it’s a natural way to acknowledge and celebrate our all-too-short summers,” Pietrobon said.

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