Viewfinder: A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Norman Bird Sanctuary

The Norman Bird Sanctuary hosted "Sunset Rhythms on the Beach" beneath a spectacular full moon Thursday night.

Soft music with smooth beats filled the air on Thursday night.  

There was a cool breeze to accompany the even cooler music sang by 's Erika Gibb. There were s'mores for the kids. More beats from the conga drums.  As the fire grew, so did the enthusiasm from the kids around it.  

The Norman Bird Sanctuary had organized the laid-back "Sunset Rhythms on the Beach" to include an interpretive walk along the shore, followed by a campfire, songs, drumming, and of course marshmallow roasting.

Norman Bird Sanctuary Director of Development Lesley Muir lit the fire. Erika and Chelsea got the drums going. The visiting Central Falls students took to the ocean and savored the gorgeous sights of Third Beach. As the sun set, a new arrival graced the shores of Third Beach.

A spectacular full moon.

It simply entranced everyone on the beach. There were so many pictures taken of the moon on this night, you would have thought the paparazzi invaded Middletown. Not at all. It was simply too great a sight to ignore.  

The smell of s'mores filled the air as 7-year-old Kate Plunkett, who at the start of the night quietly tapped and thumped a makeshift drum, was now dancing up a storm on the beach. Mom Sue smiled and laughed alongside her neighbor Kelly Ganser, whose daughter Kelly goes to school with Kate.  

A hypnotic reflection of the full moon drew gasps from the crowd as the night came to a close.

A night that saw smooth beats, rhymes and life take over Third Beach for the night.



Sue July 15, 2011 at 08:20 PM
It was a great night - Kal you made it even more entertaining - Thank You! S&K
Kelly Ganser July 15, 2011 at 09:07 PM
The night was a gift. Cheers to great friends, a beautiful setting and rhythmic drumbeats keeping time with the laughter. Kal, you deserve that camera upgrade - GREAT photos. Thank you ! The Ganser Girls
Kim Botelho July 18, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful event. It was truely a night to remember with great company, music, and the moon. Kal, thank you for this great article and and beautiful photos. I hope to see you at more NBS events. Keep Drumming, Keep Dancing! Kim Botelho, NBS Education Director
Lesley July 18, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Bird ball is August 20th
Angela Lemire July 18, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Right. Was thinking of this weekend's ALT event when I posted that. I think the Bird Ball can't get here fast enough.


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