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Saturday, September 24, 2011

YMCA bike ride and show POSTPONED

Bikes assemble for 2010 'Send A Kid To Camp' ride.
NOTE: Weather concerns have led the organizers of the Motorcycle Ride and Bike Show to POSTPONE THE EVENT TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9. I will repost closer to the date.

The Plainfield YMCA will hold its 2nd annual YMCA Send a Kid to Camp Ride and Bike Show on Sunday, Sept, 25.


All motorcycles are welcome, and bikers will assemble on East 6th Street, between Watchung and Cleveland Avenues. This is adjacent to the YMCA at 518 Watchung Avenue, directly across from Plainfield City Hall.

Registrations accepted morning of the ride, starting at 9:00 AM. Kickstands up at 10:00 AM. (The rain date is Sunday, October 9.)

The cost is $20 per biker, passengers free. Registration can be made using a credit card, either in advance by telephoning the YMCA at (908) 756-6060, or the morning of the ride.

This year’s scenic route will take riders through the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Morristown National Historical Park, before returning to the YMCA, and then on to a  bike show in Library Park.

Library Park is across from the Plainfield Public Library, one block west of Park Avenue and 8th Street. The free Bike Show is scheduled for Noon to 3:00 PM. This is a family-friendly event with face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids, plus motorcycle stunt riders, music and food vendors.

Featured will be the late Capt. Phil Harris’ Bike from the Discovery Channel “Deadliest Catch” TV series, a Titan Chopper.

All bikes, any year, any model, are welcome to enter the bike show free. Admission to the show is also free.

Ed Friedman, owner of Gut Wrenching Cycle on South Avenue in Fanwood, has arranged a men’s and women’s clothing boutique; sale of novelty clothing, pins, stickers, signs and trinkets; an event planning specialist; face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids; a psychic; a photographer with on-site printing;  and donations from a biker-inspired accessory company.

In addition, Action Yamaha, Rizzon Suzuki Kawasaki Cycle,Sport Honda, and Liberty Harley will have displays.

Gut Wrenching Cycle has also arranged to have a local troupe of stunt riders perform.

Daytrips are among enrichment activities for youngsters
participating in the Plainfield YMCA's summer daycamp experience.
The Plainfield YMCA summer day program Camp Kitisena served an average of more than 130 youngsters each week, ages 3 to 17, over a period of 10 weeks this year. Youngsters came from Plainfield, South Plainfield, North Plainfield, Dunellen, Piscataway and Westfield.

Joe Marciszyn, YMCA youth development director, said each participant spent 30 minutes a day reading, in an effort to halt or slow the decline in academic skills which often occurs during the summer.

Each child also learned some basic Spanish, spent time in the Y’s computer lab, took swimming classes, studied nutrition and fitness, made field trips to such places as the Barclay’s Golf Tournament, Round Valley Reservoir and a Patriots baseball game, and spent as much time as possible outdoors at Skytop in the Watchung Reservation.

Ravenell Williams, president and CEO of the Plainfield Y,said, 'It is the mission of the YMCA never to turn anyone away for inability to pay.' The organizers hope to raise $5,000 with the motorcycle ride and show.


  Registration - 9 AM
Kickstands Up - 10 AM
Free Bike Show - Noon - 3 PM
(Rain date: October 9)

Motorcycle Ride starts from East 6th Street and Watchung Avenue
(alongside the YMCA)
Free Bike Show is at Library Park
(one block west of Park Avenue at 8th Street)

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Dan: thank you for your coverage and quick notice of rain delay...event is now set for Sunday 9 November, same place for motorcycles to ride to Jockey Hollow, same place for FREE show, great for kids of all ages..zoom zoom