Friday, June 18, 2010
On behalf of our event’s organizing entities, I want to thank everyone who participated for rising to the occasion by battling the heat, ignoring threatening rain clouds and most of all by looking so incredibly dapper at the Seersucker Social! It was an honor for Dandies and Quaintrelles along with Holly Bass Performance Projects and Hillwood Estates, Museum and Gardens to host the event! A turnout of over 300 cyclists and 450-plus attendees helped to create an experience none of us will soon forget. A sincere congratulations to you all!
The event showcased an impressive display of local style, class, social grace and fine spirit! We also had some participants travel down from areas as far away as New York and Richmond just to join us for the day. Be sure to check out the amazing HD video of the event produced by ReadySet DC and pat yourselves on the back for helping to create the experience. Dandies & Quaintrelles and partners look forward to another grand time with you local folks and out-of-towners. We will continue to develop unique and imaginative ways to promote the bicycle as a classy means of transportation, taking inspiration from stylish eras of the past.
Know that as we host events, we intend to continuing to raise money and awareness for noble causes. The beneficiary of proceeds for the Seersucker Social was The Urban Philharmonic Society. Be sure to visit their website and get an understanding of the good work they do. Also know that the organization's director, Darrold Hunt, is on the lookout for creative and passionate people who can help move forward the mission of The Urban Philiharmonic Society! If you are able to volunteer your time with web development, arts administration and general support, please don't hesitate to contact him! The amount raised for this non-profit will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, visit Hugh & Crye to see if you've won the raffle by riding your bike to Hillwood and check your e-mail frequently for other prizes from Revolution Cycles to be determined by random e-mail address selection!
I'd like to thank our volunteers, sponsors Mie N Yu, Hendricks Gin, Hugh & Crye, Vita Coco, St. Germain liqueur, Revolution Cycles, Restaurant Associates and media partner ReadySetDC
For those who might be wondering what's next, don't stray too far from your local vintage shops! Dandies & Quaintrelles and partners are already discussing what's next.
If ever you find yourself world-weary from the heat and social scene, be sure to head over to Hillwood for some rest and relaxation. We encourage you to avail yourself of their fabulous array of programming, including the summer film series, Divas Outdoors. As a thank you to the tremendously accommodating staff there, Dandies and Quaintrelles will provide them with the ability to send you their personal appreciation as well as information about Hillwood. We appreciate your understanding and acknowledgment of their fine hospitality!Sincerely,Eric Channing Brewer
Dandies & Quaintrelles
Friday, June 11, 2010
We're counting down the final hours before the Seersucker Social Bike Ride and Lawn Party and I hope that everyone has managed to find the pieces needed for an elegant and retro-forward summer look. I cannot wait to see the display of fine breezy fashions. With well over 500 registered riders and 400 dashing folks set to enjoy the post ride festivities, Saturday should be one of the most delightful days of the summer.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the northern section of Meridian Hill Park where we will start the ride at the corner of 15th and Euclid Streets. N.W. at 3:30pm. I've provided links to the bike ride waiver forms and directions for you to print and bring along with you on Saturday. There are two sets per page so you can bring extras along to help your registered friends arrive prepared for fun!
There's a slight chance of a passing rain or thunder shower in the D.C. area but it should not threaten plans for our grand day. In the event that we receive a shower in the area of the ride, we may postpone the starting time by an hour. I have positive feelings about the evening overall and the lawn party is schedule to continue despite the possibility of a passing shower. There will be places for refuge on the Hillwood Estate for those not absolutely committed to continuing an uninterrupted match of badminton or croquette.
As promised, there are two routes planned and a separate set of directions for each. The longer route will avoid the concrete urban areas and mostly wind its way through in the shade of trees and amidst cooler temperatures. There were some unavoidable hills at the end of the ride that I encourage folks to tackle with as leisurely a pace as possible. I might even suggest walking for the dandiest of riders. We'll have rejuvenating refreshments waiting for you upon arrival.
We have a limited number of on-line tickets still available for the post ride social at Hillwood! For those riders who have not purchased tickets but can well imagine the jolly good time to be had by all present, I implore you to act without haste!Below are download links to the 2010 Seersucker Social Bike Ride Routes and a waiver form
most eagerly awaiting your arrival tomorrow.
Sir. E. Channing
2010 Seersucker Social Bike Ride Waiver Form
Friday, June 4, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Date: June 12th
Mode of Transport: Your Bicycle
Destination: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
The 2009 D.C. Tweed Ride captivated the city last fall with over 450 stylish people on cool bikes who took to the streets decked out in vintage and Edwardian attire. This Spring, Dandies and Quaintrelles teams up with performance artist Holly Bass of Holly Bass Performance Projects to respond with an event tailored to the warmer weather of late spring.
The Seersucker Social, scheduled for Saturday June 12, is set to offer the same delightful kind of unique and alternative entertainment experience by encouraging folks once again to mount their bicycles in high style. While the fall event called for tweed, seersucker has been selected as the ideal vintage fabric of choice to keep cool for the spring ride. Our event partner Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens will provide a fabulous dreamlike setting for the post-ride social.
The starting point and bike route is yet to be determined. Register to ensure you are kept up to date with additional information!