For the fifth year, the Ceremony of 8000 Drums will be held to mark the summer solstice at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road. The public is invited to enjoy and participate Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The purpose of the ceremony is to join the energies of drummers in 192 countries to create a synchronistic healing vibration for our Mother Earth and for all relationships. The Ceremony of 8000 Drums began in 2004 in Temoaya, Mexico, as the result of an ancient Otomi prophecy that when 8000 sacred drums shall sound together, then an intense healing of Mother The Earth shall begin.

All people of good heart are welcome to join in the ceremony and are encouraged to bring hand drums or rattles. The Great Thunder Chicken Drum will be leading the ceremony, but all traditions are welcome and honored. Those who come a few minutes early can mingle with fellow participants and join in a cleansing smudge of sage before the festivities. For more information or directions, call Connie (Star Walker) at 993-2294.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or