Exploring DC: Drum Circle at Malcolm X Park

I've been sick for a little over the week, and trying to stay inside and rest as a result. But this past weekend, I needed to get out of the house. And, this not being a payweek, I needed to be a cheap date.  DC (and Reecie) to the rescue with the well-known Drum Circle at Malcolm X Park.

Malcolm X Park is formally known as Meridian Hill Park, and sits on a hill in Columbia Heights, DC. After the 1968 riots, a proposal came to Congress to rename the park, but ultimately the change was not approved.  Today, the signs for the park list both the official and unofficial names.  Inside the park are statues, including this one of Joan of Arc (interestingly, the only one in DC depicting a woman on a horse.)

Malcolm X Park is formally known as Meridian Hill Park, and sits on a hill in Columbia Heights, DC. After the 1968 riots, a proposal came to Congress to rename the park, but ultimately the change was not approved.  Today, the signs for the park list both the official and unofficial names.  Inside the park are statues, including this one of Joan of Arc (interestingly, the only one in DC depicting a woman on a horse.)

Drum Circle Malcom X Park

There were drums (and drummers) of all shapes and sizes, harmonizing in beats.  

Quite a few people got moved by the music.  We watched these girls choreograph some routines to the various beats. Rhythm is a dancer...

There was plenty going on in other areas of the park too.  Here, an artist was drawing something amazing on a large canvas. Didn't want to get too close and interrupt his process though, so you can't see the magic ;)

There was lots of yoga being done in the park too.

There was lots of yoga being done in the park too.

Beyond the drum circle, the park itself is a beautiful greenspace. And huge! 12 acres of lush plant life.

We stopped to the side of the park for an impromptu photo shoot, and got approached by a guy with a big camera offering assistance.  Turns out he's the creator of Humans of Washington DC, a District spin on the popular Humans of New York page.  He was incredibly helpful, and we used the tips about using flash and the sun to our advantage for a quick pic session.

Exhibits A and B for aforementioned session. How'd we do?

I'd definitely go back to the Drum Circle, both for the sights and sounds.  The park was awesome, and the music was inviting (p.s. parking wasn't bad either).  The Drum Circle hours weren't specific, but apparently you can catch them mid-afternoon (4ish - 7ish) every Sunday while it's warm out. Stop by and enjoy!