In 2015, the Recreation Department was awarded a grant from the Permanent Endowment of Martha’s Vineyard for our residents to participate in a new drumming workshop. Rick Bausman, director of The Drum Workshop, Inc, visited our recreation room to teach our residents how to therapeutically drum. Rick Bausman has created extraordinary outreach programs with our community over the years – in the schools, Camp Jabberwocky, Parkinson Support Groups, and provided many others with the gift of drumming. Research indicates that drumming boosts the immune system and accelerates physical healing. Studies have shown the calming effect of drumming on many different conditions: stress, chronic pain, high blood pressure. Drumming with Rick Bausman is another program that promoted active participation for resident’s to contribute to their quality of life. This program is a popular favorite.