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Drum 'n' Splash 2020!

Our 26th Year! Wednesday, July 1st - Sunday, July 5th 2020
“Sharing the Power of the Drum and the Grace of the Dance with the next generation of Drummers, Dancers, and Teachers”

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“Fire Circle is Sacred Space, the beating heart of our community, something precious that glows brighter as it is shared.”

Ken Top Hat    Ken Crampton
Everybody Drum!

    One of Four Quarters best kept secrets, Drum and Splash is simply a Very Good Time, and a great way to Celebrate an Alternative Nation’s Birthday with Family, Friends and Tribe, with no agenda other than to Drum all Night and Swim all Day, sharing a working vision of the possible through Community, Sustainability, and Personal Responsibility. 

    We have developed over the years an alternative idea of community and of the greatness of our nation, a modern day American Tribe of flourishing diversity and tolerance. A place that values family in all of its flavors and supports the family choices of each individual. Where, for a time, we can return to our human roots and take simple pleasure in simple things. Song and Dance. A swim in the river. The laughter of children. Sharing a meal under a spreading oak tree. For these are the things that are worth keeping close, and worth celebrating on this nation’s birthday.


   Nina Amaya
The Kasbah!

    Drum and Dance go together in a deeply symbiotic relationship that’s existed since the dawn of percussion. The Drum feeds Rhythm to the dancers, who provide Purpose for the Drum, in its  own small ecosystem of light and spirit. Beyond the Fire Circle, a parallel schedule of Dance workshops complements Drum teachings.

Kirsten Arant    Kirsten Arant
    The DrumLady & Friends

    Since our beginning there has been a Fire Circle at Four Quarters. Once again as we celebrate Drum and Splash, we continue to dedicate ourselves to holding the Sacred Space within the Fire Circle as we focus on sharing the Power of the Drum and the Grace of the Dance with the next generation of Drummers, Dancers and Teachers who will continue to hold Sacred Space for the next 20 years of Drum and Splash and, in turn, cultivate the generations of Drummers and Dancers yet to come.

   billywoods Gloria Mahin      SR13 Kurt SpDrum 400      ErroG 400
Billy Woods Gloria Mahin Kurt Griffith
Erro Gutshal

    As the years have gone by
, we have grown and evolved, and our experience of Fire, Drum, Dance, Ceremony, Community, and Tribe has grown and evolved also. We have come to understand that Fire Circle is Sacred Space, the beating heart of our community, something precious that glows brighter as it is shared. As we go about creating this space in a good way, we make a place of respect and of safety where the Drum supports the Dancers, the Dancers feed the Fire, and the Fire feeds us all. Inside this Sacred Space we step out of the ordinary and into our authentic selves.

Yes, Drum and Splash is all about Drumming and Splashing, but it is much more. For five days we create a village along the river, with lots to do:

Typical Weekend Highlights:

Dance and Drum Performances
Workshops with the Masters of Drum and Dance
The Middle Eastern Vibe of the Kasbah

Planned activities for the Kids’ Tribe
Fireworks, Fire Spinning, and Fire Arts
The Dragon Dance and Procession of Talent
Qi Gong, T’ai Chi, Meditation, and Yoga
Percussion Plus Open Mic Coffee House
Sweat Lodge and Native Ceremonial Drum
Pig-pickin’ Feast and lce Cream Social
Bathing Aphrodite Procession
Rubber Ducky Race
All Night Fire, Dance, and Drum!!!

native sdong Enjoy the solace of The Land itself, listed as the most ecologically diverse tract in Bedford County by the Western Pennsylvania Nature Conservancy.
Swim in Sideling Hill Creek, an unspoiled treasure among Appalachian watersheds. Hemlock Hole is a spectacular swimming area, shadowed by our cliffs, cherished by young and old. And there are four other swimming holes strung along a creekside trail.
Learn something new in one of our many engaging workshops: dancing, drumming, hooping, fire-spinning,  drum building... and so much more!relaxation
Rejuvenate in one of our classes and activities in yoga, Qi Gong, chanting, stone stacking, trance dance, sweat lodge, and journaling.
Explore the living natural history of The Land with guided hikes, nature walks, garden tours, and service projects.
Experience the magic of the performances in the Upper Drum Circle at sundown every night. Children hold the place of honor here at twilight. As the night deepens and the kids fall asleep, the serious drumming begins. And even later in the night, Pure Magic!
parachute kids Relax and vacation with your family and friends while camping under a sky full of stars, or enjoy one of our other lodging options: The Loft by the farmhouse with bunkbeds, WiFi, showers and toilets. Or the Dormitory in camp with bunkbeds and easy access to our showerhouses. A limited number of private rooms are also available.
Participate in lively discussion or open jam at The Coffee Dragons outdoor cafe. Early morning through late night serving free coffee, tea and cocoa from their pavilion on the High Meadow. meal plan 3
Study with the Masters of Drum and  Dance in intensive free and fee paid workshops for the serious drummer and dancer.

Pig-Out at our Four Quarters Pig Pickin Feast & Ice Cream Social! It is absolutely the best back-yard block party EVER.
Immerse yourself in the rich traditions of many different cultures' rhythms, dances, celebrations, and ceremonies.
Re-enact the Bathing of Aphrodite, an Ancient Greek patriotic festival that parades through our village.
TeenTribe Create some extraordinary memories to take away with you and bring back to share with others in future years.
Discover the unique wares of our Merchants Green village within a village.
Compete in The Rubber Ducky Race! No “sailor” wants to miss this light-hearted note!

Witness the magic of a procession of talent at dusk, featuring an escort of fire artists, the pageantry of the dancers, the passion of the drummers, and the mystery of the Dragon Dance... building a crescendo of energy punctuated by a breath-taking fireworks display.

Our Energy Builds from Wednesday Night with the First Fire Circle leading into a Thursday and Friday filled with Workshops, Play and Performance, flowing into Saturday’s Masters Classes. The River waits cool and inviting – refreshing us before we gather together for our Annual Four Quarters Pig Pickin Feast Ice Cream Social on Saturday afternoon. As Saturday evening descends, fireworks light up the Sky as our Fire Arts Procession dances the way to a Fire Circle that will Light up the Night.

All 2020 events are subject to change
Contact the Office to verify events. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.814 784-3080

About Registrations

$95 PreReg by June 20, 2020

Non-Member Guests-
Wednesday-Thursday arrival, $125 PreReg by June 20; $140 at the Gate
Friday arrival, $105 PreReg by June 20, $120 at the Gate
Sat. Arrival, $90 PreReg by June 20, $105 at the Gate

Register Online Here

Handicapped, Special Circumstances? CALL US !
Children under 16 are loved, cherished and FREE !
Visa/MC Credit Card Registrations on-line at www.4qf.org.
Or call the office at 814-784-3080 with your registration or questions.

About Meal Plans

The Starvin’ Artist serves Brunch and Dinner with Herbivore and Omnivore selections, all you can possibly eat, Pre-Registered only.
Dietary options are Omnivore, Vegitarian, and Gluten Free. Please note the kitchen is *unable* to accommodate specific dietary restrictions.

Much of our meat and produce is raised right here in the fields and gardens of Four Quarters, and what we don't raise we try to source from our local farms. We take our kitchen very seriously. Our Saturday Pig Pickin'/Veggie Feast & Ice Cream Social is Free, you’re invited!

Wednesday Dinner-Sunday Brunch; 7 Meals & 1 Feast $105
Thursday Dinner-Sunday Brunch; 5 Meals & 1 Feast   $75
Friday Dinner-Sunday Brunch; 3 Meals  & 1 Feast $45
Saturday Brunch-Sunday Brunch; 2 Meals & 1 Feast $30

About Accommodations

Rooms have double beds, blankets and pillows; bunks have fitted sheets. During events rooms and bunks are bundled with meal plans and are booked for the duration of the event. You must call the Office to reserve. 814-784-3080
You are welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay later than Monday. Early In and Late Out camping is $5 a night for Members and $10 a night for non-members.
     In-Camp Car Camping Permits are $15 each. In-Camp Car Parking passes are $25 and very limited.
     Unlimited free Main Parking. Handicapped, please contact us for your free In-Camp parking pass.

Merchant Booths are juried, pre-registered and very limited. Contact us early to merchant.

Four Quarters has two shower buildings equipped with super low-flow dual-flush toilets, state of the art ‘on demand’ heaters for our low-flow showers and drinking water spigots throughout the camp. Four Quarters is Green!