Santacon ArtRide TODAY
130-430pm downtown Ventura:
Because of the cold weather and possibility of rain this afternoon, we are cancelling the potluck following the ArtRide. Instead, we’ll stay downtown.
Here’s the plan:
1:30 DRINK & BE MERRY
Meet at the Jolly Oyster: BYOB bubbles, you can buy oysters etc
2pm RIDE & BE MERRY!
Ride along the beach and the river trail to Main, possibly stopping by the Pier to play on the swings etc. or Aloha for a drink or AUG for art. Hook up with the Rockin Riders on the bike path
2-3:30 or so
RIDE, DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride up and down Main, stopping at the CA & Santa Clara mini-park for holiday foolishness, play in Plaza Park (how many Santas fit on the head of a canon?) and then Palermo’s for hot coffee & cocoa. Santas in suits who bring their own cups can get drip coffee for $1!!
Ride to Art City & up Ventura Avenue
EAT DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride back to downtown for beers at Anacapa or Winchesters or Bernadettes–whoever will give Santa a break & has room for us to gather & lock our bikes.
445p SUN SET
LIGHT YOUR BIKE–
it’s dark by 530pm!!
Santa, Zanta, Mrs Claus and Little Red Claus
Is there a First Friday ArtRide in Ventura tonight?
Here’s my answer:
There is if you show up and ride!
Following the news in October that I was stepping back and letting others come forward to help with the ArtRides, we held a meeting to discuss whether and how the ArtRides would continue.
While the consensus was to hold fewer rides and put more energy into promoting them, a couple riders said they would ride regardless of whether anyone else did or there was any publicity. As far as I know, Daniel and Matt plan to ride.
While we discussed the challenges of having a ride on a workday so soon after people get off of work, as far as I know the start time did not change. However, the truth is, folks show up when they can. Often people meet as early as 5pm to have drinks at Aloha before the ride. Since we meet at the Artists Union, that’s usually a first stop. So we rarely leave the Promenade much before 6:30p. If we hear that a rider is on the way, we try to wait or to communicate where we’re going.
We don’t leave riders behind; please tell lots of people if you leave the ride so we’re not searching for you.
So if you want to ride, meet around 5:30p around the Artists Union Gallery, Aloha, and the Ventura Beach Promenade. The Ride will commence when riders leave sometime after 6pm.
Don’t be a darktard–take after Rudolf and light your bikes!
There does seem to be more enthusiasm for a Sunday Santacon Dec. 11. Meet 2pm at the Ventura State Beach by the Jolly Oyster. Potluck follows. Here’s a pdf of the flyer: Santacon version 2
There’s also a traditional pub crawl Santacon being organized elsewhere by others for Saturday night December 10.
Thursday, December 1st, Friday December 2, and Sunday December 11, to get your jollies on–while riding your bike!
Remember to light up your bike with Christmas lights as well as legal ones–you don’t want to spend your Christmas money on a ticket for riding without a headlight!
Th. Dec. 1, meet Rudolph and his red nosed riders at the Wheel House at 7:30 to merrily roll along State Street in all your seasonal glee.
Down at the pier, an epic reindeer bike sumo battle will determine who will guide Santa’s sleigh this year. Afterward head to Red’s bar and tapas for a gay ol’ time and a festive assortment of beverages.
Come down to the Wheelhouse early to support the Sustainable Living Bike Tour. Meet the riders and watch a slideshow documenting their epic ride so far from San Francisco.
Then Friday, Dec. 2, San Buenaventura ArtRiders will meet in holiday attire at 530pm for a 6pm ride around town to visit studios and galleries open for First Friday.
Sunday Dec. 11, weather permitting, the San Buenaventura ArtRiders will do a Santacon on bikes.
Happy Holidays! And remember–don’t be a darktard– light your bike!!
5:30pm: Meet and hang out on the Ventura Beach Promenade
6pm: Photos then ride off into the sunset
So find your bones or paint some on and
LIGHT YOUR BIKE!! It’s gonna be dark out there!!
(Seriously, you can get a ticket if you don’t have headlights and tail lights and reflectors on your bike! In Santa Barbara, we have seen several people written up for $150 tickets for not having appropriate lights on their bikes!)
Others wondered whether the rides should be quarterly. Or daytime.
All agreed that dressing up is an important attraction and will continue to be a part of the ArtRides.
Various people stepped forward to volunteer and I stepped back from my role of doing just about all of it.
So for the time being, the ArtRides will go on! The next ArtRide has a Day of the Dead theme; Zanna made a fun flyer and others are taking on getting the word out. Download it and spread the love!
If you want the ArtRides to continue, step up then show up! Come to a potluck at 5:30 followed by a meeting MONDAY OCT 17, 2011 from 7-8pm to decide:
1) whether there should be future ArtRides, particularly First Friday Rides
2) how First Friday ArtRides might change so more attend (start later?)
3) whether there is interest in occasional weekend Rides (ie Santacon)
4) who is willing to take responsibility for various aspects of the Rides
5) what else you want to discuss
We will use the “council” or circle process to generate ideas and for problem solving. If you are unfamiliar with council, it is simple: we will go around in a circle in response to questions we will generate such as:
1) What do you like best about the ArtRides?
2) What ideas do you have for when, where, why, how to make them better and to increase participation?
3) What are you willing and able to contribute to keep the ArtRides going?
Why do we need to hold this meeting?
After organizing 40 or so ArtRides since December 2008, I am stepping down. While I enjoy the performance art and political theater elements of the ArtRides, I no longer desire to lead the monthly rides, organize and promote them.
I have asked for help before (in 2010 when Marsh broke his neck–Tracy tried to get people to help me then too to no avail–also in August I questioned whether we/I should quit doing them)–and the only person who has come forward is Zanna who took over making flyers back in June. Helen used to print and distribute posters but now she’s moved.
So if someone wants to take it over, or if we want to trade off being responsible for the various rides each month (organizing and promoting them), great–they’ll continue.
To clarify: some people assume I’m getting paid to do this. Nope. That would be great but I don’t foresee an organization or merchant stepping forward to sponsor it.
I imagine many of you joined the 200 member facebook group or subscribed to https://bikergogal.wordpress.com/ because you “love” the ArtRides: the concept, seeing us on the streets, at the galleries and studios. People often tell me they plan to join an ArtRide when in town or as soon as they have/fix their bike etc.
But on the last three rides we’ve only had about a dozen participants, the weather has been stellar, and the theme has been simple. More needs to be done to get the word out and I wonder what changes should be made so more can and will participate.
While I’ve really enjoyed doing the rides with you, it’s not working for me very well and I wonder if we should give up on making the rides “family-friendly.” It’s really hard for me to try to anticipate and meet everyone’s needs, including those of my family. I appreciate what it takes to make sure bikes, lights, costumes, kids are all a go.
Unless it is raining, we will meet outside; please wear and bring layers. We’ll start a movie for kids by 7pm so that parents in attendance can focus. We will close council at 8pm. Marshall’s 50th birthday is Sunday; there will be cake.
Please RSVP by email to email@example.com, on the facebook, event page: ArtRiders Meeting.
Gwendolyn aka biker-go-gal (and Marshall and Reed Sheridan)
I went as the Hogwart’s Mistress of Spells–from my blue dress you can tell that I am with Ravenclaw house–that’s my husband Marsh Dumbledore with his moth open wearing a Gryffindor tie.
I’m sorry I didn’t get any better pictures of my outfit or of my bicycle which had a GIANT spider on the back with flashing EL wire and a raven with red glowing eyes in my bicycle basket which was ringed in orange EL wire and a black scarf with a glowing box inside!
We gathered as usual at the
rode at sunset along the new beach bike path to the Ventura River Trail and Main Street…
Art highlights for us were Claudia Pardo’s must see show at Vita and the album cover show at Bell Arts Tool Room Gallery which is so good and affordable that DJ Jeremy bought one of them!
Photos 1, 2, 4 at the Promenade by Gwendolyn Alley aka Bikergo Gal; the rest of the photos are by Daniel Boggs aka H Potter with a mullet.
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