EAC KinderArts video workshop series continues with ‘Craft-along: Make Your Own Rainstick.‘ In this month’s video, instructor Nia Aretakis demonstrates a technique for creating a child-sized rainstick out of simple household materials, and encourage participants to experiment with different ‘fillings’ for their sticks to create different sounds.
The video also features original music by Dan Cashore, a multi-instrumentalist from Robbinston, Maine, whose musical palette includes didgeridoo, erhu, rain stick, shakers, guitar and handmade stringed instruments. “I like the simplicity and yet diversity of sound of didjeredoo,” writes Dan, who built his first didjeridoo from a PVC pipe, then later received another as a gift from a family member. “My appreciation of handcrafting things from wood led me to customize my own guitar-like instrument.” Dan’s performances, including the debut of his homemade instruments, have long been an EAC Open Mic highlight; this month he’s also been working on creating special Sabar drumsticks for EAC’s upcoming series of online African Drumming classes with Noel Brennan!

Free rainstick materials kits are available from EAC, by emailing Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org; arrangements will be made for pick-up or delivery. Those who wish can assemble the necessary supplies at home, and are encouraged to email with any questions. All participants are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison via the address above. 

Appropriate for crafters of all ages, the Craft-Along videos (this is our 10th in the series!) are easy to follow and feature free materials kits for local participants; those who wish (or who are farther from Eastport) may use their own supplies from home. Past videos and trailers from the series may be found in our Craft-along with Nia playlist on YouTube, or by clicking on the Craft-along tag anywhere on the EAC site.

For just a taste of the rainstick process and Dan’s musical accompaniment, check out this 60-second sneak peek music video:


Those curious to hear more rainsticks can check out this video, submitted by Gene Nichols, a music educator, Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra member and multi-instrumentalist from Machias.

Funding for this series has been provided by the Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted as well—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or here.

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