Welcome to the Turtle Moon Native American Flute Circle, Reading-Berks, Pennsylvania.
We are a group of Native American Flute enthusiasts who meet monthly to listen, play, and learn.
Thank you for joining us.
For the Love of Flute!
Meetings: FIRST SUNDAYS, 1–4 pm
Historic Bern Church near Blue Marsh Lake
[Corner of Route 183 and Pallisades Drive]
GPS: 3196 Bernville Road, Leesport, PA 19533
2023 Meeting Schedule
January 1 — Cancelled (New Year’s Day Holiday)
July 2 (Holiday Weekend/Anniversary Month)
September 3 (Labor Day Weekend)
Friday, AUGUST 9, 2024, 6-7:30pm — BACKYARD FULL MOON CIRCLE [raindate Friday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2024] — Wernersville, PA — FREE, music gathering hosted by our member SuAnn; neighbors and friends invited. Carpool encouraged (parking limited – drop off cargo in front and park in neighborhood to walk). Bring your drums, flutes, guitars, etc, or borrow a rhythm instrument to play. Please bring a lawn chair, warm clothing, water bottle, and opt. snacks/drinks to share. RSVP and we will send you directions.
2024 TBA — NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL DISCUSSION – follow up to Cultural Presentation by Amanda Funk (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), President/Co-Founder & Executive Director, Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, assisted by Alexi Weiskircher, Co-Founder/Visual Director & Research Coordinator. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, share insights, and learn more about the Indigenous community and how it functions in our society today. Discussion takes place after our regular flute circle meeting (meeting is 12:30-3:00 pm). Everyone welcome!
Friday, OCTOBER 13, 2023, 5:00 pm — ART PLUS GALLERY RECEPTION music for ROBIN BISACCIA, watercolor artist — The Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Ave., W. Reading, PA 19611, features the latest work by Robin Bisaccia (see Bio and Artist’s Profile) during the month of October. Her reception takes place the second Friday and runs from 5-8 pm. The gallery will open its doors at 12:00 noon for extended viewing. Traditional and Contemporary Native American Flute music, as well as heartsong, will be played throughout the evening by Turtle Moon NAFC facilitator, Donna Luhrs.
Friday, SEPTEMBER 29, 2023, 6:00 pm — BACKYARD FULL MOON CIRCLE — cancelled due to weather – Wernersville, PA — FREE, music gathering hosted by our member SuAnn and the bright orange Corn Moon; neighbors and friends invited. Carpool encouraged (parking limited – drop off cargo in front and park in neighborhood to walk). Bring your drums, flutes, guitars, etc, or borrow a rhythm instrument to play. Please bring a lawn chair, warm clothing, water bottle, and opt. snacks/drinks to share. RSVP and we will send you directions.
Sunday, AUGUST 13, 2023 — CHURCH SERVICE PERFORMANCE, 9:15—10:30am — Members of our circle will perform 15 minutes prior to 9:30 service and during the service at the church where we have our monthly meetings. Bern Reformed UCC Church, 3196 Bernville Road, Leesport, PA 19533 (Rt. 183 and Palisades Drive near Blue Marsh Lake)
Sunday, AUGUST 6, 3-5:30 pm – INTRODUCTION TO PLAYING HANDPAN by Frank Henninger – an interactive workshop teaching tips and techniques for playing with hands and mallets. Everyone will be loaned an instrument to play during class, or bring your own instrument to play and/or share. Registration and details upcoming.
Thursday, JULY 13, 6:00 pm – HAMBURG AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NATIVE FLUTE PROGRAM – A short performance and presentation introducing the Native American Flute and music at the Annual Picnic.
Sunday, JULY 2, 3:00 pm – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US – To celebrate 8 years of fluting, current members may bring one flute to decorate. Organizers will provide supplies and help you craft an ornament from beads, feathers, leather, bindings, etc. Sample designs will be displayed. Circle meeting will begin a half hour early for extra playing time.
Sunday, JUNE 4, 1–4 pm — GUEST FACILITATORS LYNN AND ERIC MILLER (Jam Haven hosts). Flute Jamming: Join us for a fun exploratory excursion with the flute. You will have the opportunity to jam with guitars, discover skills incorporating the voice and flute and develop playing skills with others. You will even have the chance to do some Brain Jamming through Native American Flute biofeedback. What’s that? Come and find out! (Free-will offering going directly to facilitators will be graciously accepted.) Spirit Arts Web Site
Saturday, JUNE 3, 10 am – 3 pm — STROLLING NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE SONG – Riverfront Park, Reading, PA We are invited to stroll and play flute at the First Annual Good Medicine Indigenous Wellness Celebration sponsored by Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge. Free stuff, Native American Dance Demos, arts & crafts, musical entertainment, kayaking demos, healthy cooking demos, health education, more… a good time for all!
Saturday, MAY 6, 11 am-1 pm — LET’S MAKE NATIVE AMERICAN-STYLE FRAME DRUMS – at this workshop we will craft 10-inch single sided deer rawhide drums with branch handle beaters. A Native American drum, no matter the type, is a sacred instrument. Class size limited. Pre-register with Tree Of Life Metaphysical Shoppe and Holistic Arts Center, Ringtown, PA.
Saturday, APRIL 22, Noon-6 pm — BERKS COUNTY EARTH DAY Location: City Park, Downtown Reading, PA; Call for members to volunteer. We will need help with the free decorating craft for children and will need help filling a 1/2 hr time slot to perform Native American Songs or Heartsongs at the tent near the Peace Dove, where Barry Lee (Emcee) and Barbara Christy, of Spirit Wing, will be hosting an interactive Indigenous experience.
FEBRUARY 5, 1-4pm — NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL PRESENTATION. Amanda Funk (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), President/Co-Founder & Executive Director, Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, will be our guest speaker during the February 2023 monthly flute circle meeting. In this introductory presentation, we will learn about Native American history in Berks County and Pennsylvania at large. We will talk about misconceptions of Native American identity and what the local Native American community looks like today. Together, we will consider this ever-important question: “How has the past shaped our present moment?” Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions. Everyone welcome!
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