While New Edzell Castle illustrates a romance of bygone days in Sarasota, visitors and residents share another kind of a love story when they join the Siesta Key Drum Circle on Sunday evenings.
Here's where you can see the weekly ebb and flow of community. For more than 15 years, drummers and dancers have mingled with locals and tourists swaying to the beat. Marguerite Barnett, MD, a Harvard-MIT trained physician who holds board certifications in Plastic and General Surgery, often creates palm-frond mandalas in the sugary sand before joining the swirl. Shawn Bowen of World Collision sets the rhythm.
How can I equate building a mansion with a weekly gathering on America's #1 beach?
I see a little of Henry David Thoreau in each impulse. As he wrote in Walden, or Life in the Woods, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
When Thomas Martin Worcester built New Edzell Castle on Sarasota's Bird Key (read more...) for his wife, he was building an edifice on a tiny spot that his beloved had described lyrically. They were apart while she took a health cure in Sarasota at the turn of the last century. Worcester literally built a foundation to support her dreams about this paradisiacal place.
The Siesta Beach Drum Circle grew more organically than that. Seems like 20 years ago that a small group started the Sunday evening drum circle on Siesta Beach. The event drew a crowd, so they quickly moved to the public beach area. I think that qualifies as building a castle in the air and then the people came and created a foundation of goodwill to show how much they love this place called Sarasota.
Nowadays visitors rank the Siesta Beach Drum Circle among the Top 10 FREE Things to Do in Sarasota & Her Islands. When you go, count on partying with hundreds and sometimes thousands of fellow travelers who feel grateful to spend part of their lives in this coastal community.
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