Bike Jamboree Today!

We like bikes!

This evening the Museum along with Great Northern Bicycle Co. and the FM Community Bike Workshop will present the Bike Jamboree, a heavy dose of bike and art love. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on:

5:30 p.m.
The Jamboree will kick off with a variety of activities taking place in our atrium and parking lot. In the atrium, we’ll have an activity session for creating your own spoke cards. We’ll also have cupcakes courtesy of The Baking Cup (whose fine desserts are featured in GNBC’s Clock Tower Cafe)¬†and other refreshments. Outside, we’ll be making a BIG collaborative work of art using bikes, plus we’ll have a spot where you can decorate your bike and have it checked for safety. For the competitive, a gold sprint station will be set up to allow you to try for your best bike time. We’ll have tunes outside, too, so maybe there’s a bike dance party?

7:30 p.m.
After it cools down, we’ll gather a group together, get on our bikes, and go for a cruise through downtown for a tour of public and street art. Joining us will be artist Paul Ide, whose aerosol murals are a fixture in downtown, and new Museum curator Megan Johnston, who will provide us with interpretation and get some dialogue going. After the ride (it should take around an hour), we’ll stop at Red Raven Espresso Parlor for some refreshing lemonade. (You must sign a waiver to take the ride.)

10 p.m.
Later on, we’ll all meet back at the Museum parking lot for an off-the-grid screening of a gripping tale of bike larceny and the ensuing adventure of a modern-day hero: “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” powered entirely by a five-person bicycle, The Mighty Quinn. Free popcorn! Please bring a lawn chair or blanket, if possible. And, although the movie is free for all ages, we ask that those 16 and younger be accompanied by an adult.

Whew! It’s going to be fun – and we’ll all get a little workout, too. Hope to see you there!

(UPDATE) Also, a big thanks to our sponsors for this event: Gate City Bank, Milestones Photography, and Spicy Pie!