More than 450 of us braved the gloomy early morning weather and met at Malcolm X Park on Sunday to kick off the 6th Annual Tweed Ride. By noon, the sun was out and the winds had gone from gale force to slightly less than gale force. Shortly after 1 pm, we hit the road and had one for our most enjoyable rides on what turned out to be yet another beautiful fall day.
We’ve already seen a lot of great photos out there on social media. Remember to use #DCTweed on your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter photos so we can see them!
We’d also like to gather all of your great photos in one place. So, upload and share your pictures onto our 2014 DC Tweed Ride Flickr group page—we’ll use the flickr pool to share the news of the time we had, and encourage more to join us in the future. Select photos will be used in D&Q blog posts and e-mails for future events!
Register here, plan your look, and meet us for our legendary day of bikes, style, and fall celebration!
We’ll start at a secret meeting place (you’ll get an email with an exact location the Friday before the ride), cruise through the city, and party in classic dandy style.
The party will feature the legendary Dandy Wellington and His Band, burlesque entertainment, the Fidgety Feet Dancers, food, drinks, and of course the most stylish dandies and dames on this side of the Atlantic!
Three types of ticket are available:
- Free Ride Registration ticket (enables us to e-mail you with start location details on 10/31/2014),**
- Ticket to the Jazz Age Jam at Roofers Union without food, or
- Ticket to our Jazz Age Jam at Roofers Union with food.*
*Tickets that include meals must be purchased by October 29 to provide the venue with enough notice to prepare for our hungry riders!
** You must register to the ride to receive the ride information and start location, even if you purchase party tickets. Each rider must register separately.
Tickets typically sell out in advance, so snag your ticket before it’s too late!
For the next two Fridays, two great shops in the Del Ray area of Alexandria will be open until 9 pm for DC Tweed Ride shoppers. Velocity Bicycle Cooperative and Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods are stocked with a supply of vintage bikes and clothing to help you ride in style this year. Vintage bikes from The Old Bike Shop will be available on site along with those at Velocity.
This is where you want to be if you are looking to join us for this year’s ride and need gear and a ride. I’ve spent a good amount of time in each shop and they are well worth the trip. Do some shopping, grab dinner along the quaint main street, and wrap up all of your DC tweed needs.
The crew from Velocity joins us every year to help riders with small repairs before and during the ride. Take a look at some of the sweet vintage rides available for sale. Get the one you want before someone else does!
Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods is about a block away from Velocity Bicycles Co-Op in Del Ray. Along with selling some of the finest pieces in the DC area, the owner outfits actors for period film and television productions like Boardwalk Empire. Have I said enough? Get there.
Larry (pictured below) is the owner of The Old Bike Shop, on Pershing Drive in North Arlington. After years of selling recycled bikes at the Arlington Courthouse flea market, he opened up his own shop. You can talk vintage bikes for hours with this man. His passion and knowledge run deep. He has appeared at several of our DC Tweed rides on one of his Antique high wheel bicycles. Larry will bring some of his best Tweed-worthy bikes to Del Ray to sell along with the rides at the Velocity shop this Friday.
The 6th Annual DC Tweed Ride takes place on the first Sunday in November. Is your ride nearly ready? Do you know what you’ll be wearing? The 30 day countdown is about to begin!
The DC Tweed Ride has passed and the extended re-mix that was 2013 Holloween week had finally ended. Avoid post festivities depression and treat yourself to Happenstance Theater’s fourth edition of Cabaret Macabre. I’ve been lucky enough to catch two seasons and I really enjoyed both!
“Happenstance Theater’s 4th Annual All-New Cabaret Macabre is an absolutely lovely show for this time of the year: a little spooky, a lot of whimsy, and plenty of morbid humor to keep you laughing throughout the evening of their brand new and fan favorite vaudeville sketches.
Drawing inspiration from the illustrator Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares and popular music of the time, this marvelous ensemble explores the darker sides of human existence with just enough scrutiny to intrigue its audience, but orchestrated succinctly as to not dwell on the heavy stuff.”
Mark Jasper and Sabrina Mandell have performed at D&Q Seersucker Socials and post Tweed Ride parties and you’ll love their vintage inspired approach to theater.
There are only 5 performances left before they take the show to New Orleans. Get tickets and see it before its gone!