Humans are drawn to the sound of drums because it mimics the rhythm of their heart or the victorious sound of chopping down a telephone pole. Let the beats move you with today's Groupon: for $18, you get one full-day pass with workshops to the One Drum Festival (a $40 value) on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Path of Life Sculpture Garden in Windsor, Vermont. Children 12 and younger get free admission.
The One Drum Festival delights listeners with percussion circles and performances capturing the rhythms of the Middle East, West Africa, Brazil, and Japan. This one-day, family-friendly event bottles a swirling storm of meter and movement including interactive workshops where drummers, singers, and dancers of all skills levels can share their creative influences. Todd Roach will lead budding bangers in Middle Eastern hand-drum techniques from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before Stuart Paton demonstrates the taiko drum, a Japanese instrument played with two wooden sticks or two sausage links carved into wooden sticks. Other events on the schedule hypnotize crowds throughout the day, including a concert at 6 p.m. featuring workshop instructors and special guests and community drum circles. Visitors can bring their own drum or borrow one of the many instruments on hand to tap Jimmy Carter's memoirs in Morse code.
This full-day celebration finds its home in the Path of Life Sculpture Garden, 14 manicured acres teeming with stone obelisks, intricately laid rock paths, and grassy mazes. Attendees can set up campsites on nearby fields or visit Harpoon Brewery, which is located just a short walk away, during breaks between workshops when instructors are shut down to recharge their internal metronomes.