The perennial Ceremony of 8000 Sacred Drums will take place Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road in Washington. As this ceremony will not be in synchronicity with the rest of the world, another ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Palermo Community Center.

The early drumming will enable those who have commitments at the Common Ground Country Fair and those who will be traveling to take part in the equinox ceremony and extend their positive energies toward healing of Mother Earth and All Our Relations.

Those who wish to tap into the global energies of drums being played in 192 countries are welcome to do so a week later at the Palermo Community Center, on Turner Ridge Road across from the ball field. There is a lighted electric sign at the driveway; come in and park near the gray wooden building with the oddly peaked roof. Turner Ridge Road is a not-on-GPS paved extension of the Somerville Road and runs between routes 105 and 3; call 993-2294 for further directions.

As usual, participants who wish to should plan on arriving a few minutes early for the smudging ceremony. Bringing hand drums or rattles in encouraged, and voices and good energies are welcome. The groups are meeting at 2 p.m. to correct for Daylight Savings Time (which is nonexistent in Mexico) and to align with the local time in Temoaya, where the equinox ceremonies will be held.

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