My ABSOLUTE MOST savored night of the week. 😁😍 My 5 faaaavoritest Mondays of the summer including the night it started to rain and was cut short…drum rolllllllllls please (and no pun intended)…DRUM CIRCLE at Sunset at Sagg Main Beach with the talented Escola De Samba Boom drum group. 🎶🌅A top 10 experience of my life.❤️
There is nothing like your first time. If I can bottle up my 1st time and release it in my life everyday I would be such a happy person.🙋🏽
Picture this…100s of friendly happy faces of all ages gathered together, families, kids, adults, teens and everything in between. 👧🏼👦🏻👳🏾👱🏿👸🏼👴🏽👩🏻
Then there’s the main players of the drum circle. “The crew”. There is a leader and then there are all different instrument players.
Week after week you stared to recognize them as a “cast of characters”. Even though I didn’t know them I knew them!
Like the cast of a weekly reality show with an eclectic assortment of characters. The was man with the dreadlocks👱🏿, the white haired white bearded man 🎅🏼with the huge drums,
the amazingly muscular beautiful dancer with her shakers👩🏽and the leader with the fedoras and the whistle👴🏻,
the handsome Spanish man with the mustache👨🏽, the nice young dark skinned man that lets us play his big drums👨🏿,
the lady with the short blondish white hair 👩🏼who played next to the other white haired guy, the handsome mustache guy that played that instrument that made a cool “Wooga Wooga Wooga” sound 👨🏻(and the highlight of meeting Rachel Zoe who inspired me to name Skyler after seeing her gorgeous son Skyler on her show)
and the slicked back white haired guy🎅🏼 that did banged his hand drum 3x high and 3x low over and over and I can’t forget about the lovely bunch of ladies who would shake shake shake their cholcalho shakers 👩🏻 and then so many more!
Week after week I would see my “pals” gather for the main event knowing they were an integral part of the ensemble! Everyone there for a fun time with big smiles on their faces!😊
I’ll set the scene for you…picture blue ocean waves crashing in the distance🌊,
warm summer-evening golden sand under your toes 🏖and the beautiful reddish yellowish orangeish sun setting🌅 as your backdrop to a rainbow sky. 🌈
And then at 7pm it begins. 🕖It would start off as a few bells and drums🛎 and then a few seconds later the clattering of all the instruments together to make a catchy Brazillian would begin to beat loud and strong signaling it’s TIME.🎼🎸🎺
Everyone would stop what they were doing a rush over and the rest of the night was history. For an hour of your life you are transformed into a magical dimension. 🎉It’s the kind of experience that you can’t NOT take videos and pictures.📸📽
Each time I promised myself I would just enjoy and be in the moment but each week I would find myself having to video tape sections because they were so magical and I wanted to capture the moment forever! Ok fine Ill give you a sneak peak but I don’t want to give much away because part of the experience is the journey you go on during that one hour and not knowing what comes next!
But one word that kept popping up in my head thanks To Dora the Explorer was “una paranda!”
Who are “they” you might wonder? Escola de Samba Boom are a group of professional artists and musicians.
From their site “Ten years ago a small group of drummers met to explore the rythms of Brazil. Today, BOOM consists of over fifty members and it keeps growing”.
Considering the Olympics are in Rio this year, Fios News actually shot a segment on them a few weeks ago to air during this exciting Olympic time because of the Brazilian beats and style! 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
If there is one thing you have to do with your family or even just as adults in the Hamptons this is it. A few points you should know that we have learned now in the 5 weeks we have went…✍🏽✍🏽✍🏽✍🏽
1. It is from 7-8pm at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack it is NOT in Sag Harbor (it’s all the way down past the Sagaponack Post Office, Continue towards the beach)🔎🔎🗺
2. You need a permit to park there, and you can buy it for $25 before 4pm. The cops walk around hr ENTIRE evening giving tickets out and it’s $100. You will DEF get a ticket.👮🏻👎🏽📝
3. You can park far down the road after 6 for free but it’s a long walk🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻
4. You reaaaaally need to come Prepared with annnnny kind of instrument because you will DEFINITELY want something to beat along with. Literally even if it’s an egg shaker bring something. You don’t need a drum.🎻🎸🎺🎷
5. Pack a picnic dinner and eat on the beach, or really one of the only Closest restaurants down the road was Townline BBQ, we would call ahead and order for pickup and eat at the beach. There is no food at all to buy at the beach so be prepared! 🍔🍟🍦🍕🍻🍹✖️
6. We brought chairs for before it starts but honestly if you are sitting in your chair then you are not experiencing the drum circle AT ALL. Expect to be on your feet for an hour and expect to dance and feel the beats! 🎶🎶🎶
7. People bring kites. It’s cute and fun for the kids. 🎏
8. The Drum Circle is held every Monday till around October when it gets too cold to be outside🌬🍂
9. Bathrooms close at a certain time but there are port a pottys.🚽❌
10. If it’s a really nice night the lot gets filled and they shut people out so get there around 615 the latest to get settled and have some fun at the beach…⛔️⛔️⛔️
Drum circles will forever hold a piece of my heart that I didn’t know existed.👸🏽❤️💛💚💙
💜 I am so thankful I had the opportunity to experience these amazing nights this summer. 🙌🏾👍🏽Thank you Escola de Samba Boom you are incredible! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽Promise promise promise me you will set your calendar and go there on a Monday!!??🙏🏽