Sunday, November 13, 2011 was a fantastic day in Washington, D.C. Our third annual DC Tweed Ride was a smashing success! Upload your favorite photos here. Share them with the D&Q community and help us promote future D&Q events and efforts!
Saturday, September 10,
Meet us at dusk.
Ride with us into the night and picnic in the park.
Dandies, quaintrelles, night riders! We are venturing out for one last nocturnal jaunt under the shining light of the Full Moon. Our first two outings attracted well over a hundred riders who experienced simple joys during breezy nights as we pedaled about. We’re going out in our grandest style for our September ride so be sure to dress in your whitest whites as we light up the night.
We will experience another gentle route plann…ed by the BicycleSPACE team. We will finish with a picnic deluxe in Logan Circle, including a catered food spread by the one and only Kid Chicago. Mr. Chicago has hosted parties for foodies from here to the great plains and has volunteered his services to help make the final outing our most memorable. Expect refreshing drinks*, a selection of picnic foods, and homemade ice cream and sorbet, along with a few culinary surprises. Several dozen large blankets will be provided by the Petworth Jazz Project. The night will include improvised music performances and the quiet company of fellow riders! Be sure to bring along some games and treats of your own.
It’s your last chance to wear your summer whites and take in the night with a few hundred of the city’s most stylish cyclists. We look forward to seeing you there!
We believe that style has as much to do with how you spend your time as it does with what you wear. Naturally, we have some thoughts on how you might like to spend a few hours in the park after our ride. Imagine a Friday night away from nightclubs, dive bars, trendy lounges, your Netflix queue and your Facebook News Feed. You’ll be spending some of it on a two wheeled jaunt and some of it relaxing during our picnic in a moonlit park. What on Earth shall you do with yourself? We will be surrounded by friends and new faces, cool breezy air and plenty of smiles. If you aren’t smiling, you might be doing something wrong!
Aside from wearing white or very light colors, anything goes! We won’t dare tell you how to dream! Be as creative or as low key as you like. A thoughtful effort is always appreciated and well coordinated look may get you noticed by admiring eyes. A wacky get-up may even invoke laughter and we would wholeheartedly approve! No particular era of dress is being referenced for this occasion. The emphasis in this guide is on how to relax and have fun in whatever you wear.
Consider Bocce, outdoor bowling, Frisbees, Checkers, Playing Cards, Picnic Blankets and a little something to pack some spirits among other treats for a new experience with new friends. If your sources of amusement have mostly been pixel-dependent and none of these items are sitting around your home, order something fun today for use this Friday night.
If you are not a cyclist but want to contribute something special to the night, bring a fun game with prizes or treats to the park where our ride ends. We should arrive between 10pm and 10:30pm. The Full Moon Outing is what we all choose to make of it. Remember to register and to check often for Blog, Facebook & Twitter updates. See you soon!
On the full moon night of July 15, 2011, you are invited to join us for our first ever night time bicycle ride. The series “White Nights” was inspired by the idea of traveling throughout the city at night and of the act giving without the need for reciprocation. During our ride through the city we will pass out handmade gifts to strangers. We will share with them the beautiful sounds of vocalists and musicians who accompany us via pedicab. We will light up the night with all sorts of enchanting illuminated objects. Our ride will end at a public park where we will relax under the moonlight, enjoy song and music and the indulge in the edible treats we bring along.
The Hamiltonian Gallery on U street will provide space for a craft making workshop to be held on July 12th between 6:30pm and 8pm. Join us and help us craft the gifts we intend to distribute along the White Nights Full Moon Outing. We will provide instruction and all the supplies needed. We will be constructing items like tissue paper flowers and origami figures in large numbers to hand out to the riders who join us on the full moon night.
The White Nights event will be slightly different than other D&Q bicycle rides. While the mission of pure joy and amusement remains, the look will be decidedly more dreamlike. Let your imagination lead your sartorial choices. Think of light colors, breezy fabrics and whatever playful childlike accessories that fit the theme and are usually deemed most inappropriate for adulthood. We will consider silliness a virtue and creativity a welcome blessing. If you’ve been to the Burning Man festival in Nevada, reference those experiences and help us redefine D.C. nights. If you long for the chance to play, pretend and explore the moonlit side of our city, this ride is for you! If you are an artist with some wild ideas to contribute to our theme, contact us!
The afterparty is a night time picnic where you bring your talents and imagination in an effort to help us create an inspired experience. We encourage you to bring refreshments and tasty treats to enjoy and share with new friends. We will provide more information on our ride destination as July 15 approaches.
Complete our on-line form to register help us with some basic information about who will be attending the ride and the workshop. It will also provide us with an opportunity to contact you and learn of your creative ideas and abilities. If we can incorporate them into the ride and planned picnic activities, we would like to know.
We are looking forward to a fresh experience designed to kindle new friendships and allow for unrestricted kindness. We do hope you can join us!
Dandies & Quaintrelles is pleased to announce our first nocturnal jaunt. We invite you to ride with us during a full moon outing. On July 15, inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story, “White Nights,” we will gather at dusk and seek to discover the dreamier side of D.C. Bring your bicycle and your imagination. We’ll carry with us small gifts symbolizing big dreams. We’ll deliver tokens intended for strangers and travel with songbirds to serenade our neighbors throughout the night. We request you wear something that’s white as we fancy a journey including sentiments that feel quite right.
(The promotional design for this event was created by Carolyn Sewell)
Dandy Wellington, the Harlem based M.C., entertainer and performer, who helped bring the bang to last years DC Tweed Ride after party, is returning for another gathering of D.C dandies and quaintrelles. Dandy Wellington and the Made to Measure Band will blow your socks off at the Seersucker Social Lawn Party this June 4th. Ride your bicycle with us to Hillwood Estate, flag down a cab, catch a bus, hop on the metro, or carpool to get there. Do whatever is necessary to find yourself seated on the Lunar Lawn when the music begins. Dandy Wellington’s talent, professionalism and attention to detail helped make last years Tweed Ride after party an unforgettable occasion. Saturday promises to be another D&Q event for the books. We are so very pleased to have Dandy Wellington and Taylor Jones bring their Made to Measure Band to the Seersucker Social.
Dandy Wellington And the Made to Measure Band is the brainchild of Harlem fixture Dandy Wellington, and guitarist/composer Taylor Jones. Bound by their obsession with the jazz tradition, The Made to Measure Band was forged through a variety of jazz elements, such as popular song, swing, themes from the silver screen, bebop, and modern jazz. Elements from the “Blue Note” era to as far back as a century ago, are artfully merged to present the timeless components that inspire us in a relevant, and contemporary way. Dandy Wellington and the Made to Measure Band take great pride in their unmistakable precision… used to catch listeners ears with enlivened, re-imaginings of classic harmonies, and invoke the audience’s eyes with impeccable dress.