FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I ARRIVE?
First, be sure to park in the field above the visitor center. The paved visitor center parking near the mill is reserved for non-festival guests at the park. Next, check in at the Welcoming Station. Pick up your handout with the schedule and workshop descriptions. Sign the guest book (this is important for us to get an accurate headcount of attendees). If you can, please make a donation to support the festival – Any amount is appreciated! $5 gets you a raffle ticket the for drum/percussion giveaway (buy as many as you like). $15 (or more) gets you that year's festival T-shirt. $20 (or more) gets you a special edition EMRF Logo T-shirt. If you want to get on the EMRF mailing list (occationally we'll send out an email with festival info), we have an ipad for entering your data to our list. With all of that out of the way, join the fun, either at the freestyle circle, the workshops, or a little of both!
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IF I DON'T OWN A DRUM?
We recommend talking to your local drum circle facilitator to see if you can arrange for a loaner or rental. Many of the drumming workshops require you to have your own drum (djembes are most common). Dununs are always in short supply, so some will be provided for the workshops that need them. The shekere and didge workshops should have enough instruments to share. The hoop and dance workshops pretty much just require your body, and the kirtan session requires only your voice. In the freestyle circle, you can sometimes borrow from your neighbor, but always ask before using someone else's drum.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF RAIN IS IN THE FORECAST?
We will only cancel if severe weather conditions make it unsafe to be outside. Otherwise, the show goes on! If it's drizzle or spotty showers, we'll pretty much just go about our business. If the rain is persistent, we'll use the 20x20 tent as "home base" and cluster all the EZ-up shelters tightly around to form a "tent city". It's not ideal, but at least we can keep drumming under some kind of cover. The workshop schedule will have to be condensed, and some things like hooping will have to get nixed. We've done this drill once before, and though it is a bit chaotic, it actually was kinda fun.
CAN YOUNG CHILDREN (6 YRS +) ATTEND?
We introduced a "Kiddy Corner" a few years back. This included a graffiti wall for the kids to draw on, as well as some frisbees, balls, facepaints and bubble stuff to mess around with. This past year, Becky LaRose volunteered to take the concept a bit further by bringing some special activities to the Kiddy Corner between 1pm and 3pm. She schemes up ideas for the kids to work on, and then gives them a chance to show off their creations with a mini-parade in the freestyle circle. Please note that participating kids should be accompanied by an adult, since this is not intended to be a form of child care.
IS IT OK TO TAKE PHOTOS OR VIDEO?
Here's the general gist of how we approach this topic. The festival is a public event, so there's little we can do to limit the taking of photos or videos. But we do ask that anyone taking photos/videos be respectful with what you are doing. Try not to be invasive or disruptive to other people's experience. It's generally better to take group photos, rather than zooming in on individuals. If you see someone having a deep experience, taking their picture may pull them out of their moment, so it's better to just let them be. And by all means, if someone is making it clear that they don't want their picture taken, then please respect their wishes. Some workshop presenters do not want photos/videos taken while others just allow photos or audio recording. As an additional note on the topic of photos/videos, the Bhakti Bliss workshop is considered a meditative experience, so the Kirtan leaders have requested that no pictures be taken during that session, since it disrupts the flow of the music. It's always good to ask your workshop presenter first before the session starts. Finally, when it comes to posting photos/videos, consider the impact the image may have when shared. Will someone be embarrassed? Upset? Then maybe posting isn't such a good idea.