On Wednesday, the final Arts in the Garden workshop took place in the Erin Street Community Garden. Over 70 people from all over the state gathered in the garden to drum and dance on what turned out to be one of the nicest nights of the summer. The workshop was led by Abdoulaye Sylla, who was really charismatic with the little ones and big ones alike. He had people aged from 2-80 drumming in time and sounding good! The kids took turns leading the drum circle, they did the limbo and stuffed themselves with watermelon.
What a wonderful way to cap off the summer series. One woman, who had traveled from Farmington said: "we just don't have anything like this where we live...my kids love this kind of thing." I heard similar sentiments from other participants. It's nice to know that our little garden is unique and welcoming...
If you haven't checked it out, please stop by and sit on a bench or walk around. You'll be amazed at this year's bounty. The gardeners have done an incredible job.
To see more pictures from the event, go to: http://picasaweb.google.com/neatmiddletown/AfricanDrumming
Thank you to the Green Street Arts Center from co-sponsoring this series and to the Middletown Commission on the Arts for generously funding it!