Keeping the Grove alive
|The Drum Circle on Saturday night.|
He loved the characters of Coconut Grove, you know, the people; he met so many with me and enjoyed conversing with them and he really got into the flavor of the neighborhood. But he was mortified at all the dark storefronts and offices. He was shocked to see so many offices where stores and galleries used to be. As we walked down long dark areas to get from one section of activity to another, he kept shaking his head. It wasn't what he remembered. But in spite of that, it was a great FAM night and tree lighting. So all is not lost.
Mike was especially enamored with the Drum Circle, he didn't want to leave the Mayfair Promenade (shown here) and he must have taken 100 pictures. Of course the night had to end with the police (four cars) coming to shut down the Drum Circle. That seems to be the new thing regarding the circle. It seems that they were too loud in their new location at the Promenade, which is their old location, actually, where they used to play during each gallery walk. It was a few years ago, when the Promenade was the place to be. When the Promenade had art, live music and free food, and lots and lots of people. There used to be a very lively vibe to the Gallery Walk, like this. People didn't seem to call the police then to have anything shut down, the fun went way into the night back then.
Earlier in the evening, we ran into a business owner on the other end of town and he said his wish is for the Drum Circle to be "a thing." A thing that Coconut Grove is known for. He suggested that every full moon, the Drum Circle meet and hundreds of people come out and participate. Their former location is perfect for that on the corner of Grand Avenue and Commodore Plaza. The merchants all loved it, they asked for it to be there, it brought crowds and life to that corner. Unfortunately, they ran into some problems with new owners who don't get the Grove or the vibe or the history. They think with their calculators and not with their heads, I think.
Our friend, the embattled Karen Deilke, is always trying to keep the Coconut Grove Drum Circle alive. It's a lot of work but she believes in it. They are fully insured and should be returned to their Grand Avenue / Commodore Plaza location.
Our friend Al, is always part of the Drum Circle, too.
We need to keep traditions like the Drum Circle, Gallery Walk and other events that people like and care about. I just wish more business owners would speak up and declare their support for these events. I know for a fact they would like our village to remain a village. That's why they set up shop here in the first place.
When the Gallery Walk was the Gallery Walk:
Paper Bag Heads at the Gallery Walk
Gallery Walk provides eclectic mix of culture
This month's Gallery Walk (March 2011)
Much more live art at Gallery Walk
The first Saturday stroll is so many things
New Gallery opens at Mayfair Promenade
Peacocks Premier at Promenade Party
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