Upcoming Events – April 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for April 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration information, and any other pertinent information.

Activity Report Region For Dixie Riders™ MC

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

April 2017 Events

6th – 9th, Thu-Sun –  Cleveland, AL – Rally By The River Spring Rally – “A True Old School Biker Rally” – Adult games, wet T-shirt contest, live entertainment, food.  Camping with clean showers and restrooms.  BYOB event.  Gated Property.  ** Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter ** http://www.rallybyriver.com/

 6th – 9th, Thu-Sun – Somerville, TX – Carts, Bikes, And Babes – Live Music by 6 Bands, Zoo, themed events, stage games, bike games, tattoo contest and more. – www.cbabrally.com

7th – 9th, Fri-Sun – Comanche, TX – Texas Motorcycle Roadriders State Rally – Bike Show, silent and live auctions, kids games, auctions, door prizes, and more. – www.tmra.org

8th, Sat – Raleigh, NC – Easter Basket Ride – Benefits The Oxford Orphanage – Lunch Included – Donation fee waived if item(s) for orphanage brought to start of ride. – https://www.rayprice.com/news/rides/easter-basket-ride-0

21st – 23rd, Fri-Sun – Mercedes, TX – South Texas Biker Roundup – Live Music, bike show, poker run, biker rodeo, tattoo contest, scavenger hunt. – http://www.beachnbikerfest.com/

22nd – Sat – Helena, AR – Wild Hog Poker Run And Cajun Cookout – Free Camping, live music, cash awards, Crawfish boil, Andouille, and Boudin Sausage.  Everyone welcome.  No wristband required. – http://www.wildhogmusic.org/

22nd, Sat – Elm Mott, TX – 12th Annual John Beers Memorial Car And Bike Show – Legacy Run, vendors, BBQ, live music, family events. – http://alrpost121.weebly.com/events–flyers.html

22nd, Sat – Fredericksburg, VA – 10th Annual Habit For Humanity Poker Run – Cash Prizes for best and worst hands, 508/50 raffle.  10th Year Anniversary after Ride party continuing at Cowboy Jack’s with Live Entertainment by Shannon Peterson. – http://www.fredhab.org/site/pokerrun/

22nd, Sat – Haymarket, VA – 6th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride – All proceeds will benefit the Officer Down Memorial Page, a 501(c)(3) charity that honors over 22,000 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  Raffle, miscellaneous entertainment and live music by two bands, and silent auction. – http://www.officerdownmemorialride.com/info/ride-information/

22nd – 30th, Sat-Sun – Harbinger, NC – 15th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week – Poker Runs, bikini contests, guided tours, bike games, live music by Great White Slaughter, vendors, and more. – http://www.outerbankshd.com/know-one-of-the-best-spring-riding-rallies-on-east-coast–bike-week

27th – 29th, Thu-Sat – ** These Are The Correct Dates – Other Sources Showing Incorrect Rally Dates** – Blairsville, GA – Gauntlet Thunder In The Mountains Rally – You’ve Slain The Dragon, Now Run The Gauntlet.  See the highest point in Georgia.  Scenic mountain roads and overlooks.  Live music.  Free food and drinks.  Treasure hunt.  Prizes for all games and contests. – http://www.gauntletga.com/index.cfm?content=12&Menu=6

27th – 30th, Thu-Sun – Seven Springs, NC – Thunder On Tobacco Road Spring Rally – Bike Rodeo, corn hole competition, random contests, BYOB (cans), free camping with paid admission, three bands. ** Must Be At Least 18 Years Old To Enter **http://mason-dixonparkbikerally.com/

28th – 29th, Fri-Sat – Harbinger, NC – Outer Banks Music Festival –  Rain or Shine, 4 bands, games, drinks, and more.  VIP tickets available.  All ages welcome. – http://www.outerbanksmusicfest.com/

28th – 30th, Fri-Sun – Leesburg, FL – 21st Annual Leesburg Bikefest – Over 60 Concerts, 4 hot body contests, hundreds of vendors, Rats Hole bike show, stunt shows, Wall of Death, and more. – http://www.leesburgbikefest.com/

28th – 30th, Fri-Sun – Milledgeville, GA – Milledgeville Thunder Rally – Live Music, BYOB (Cans Only), Nearby and On-site camping, bike show, bike games, best campsite contest, and more.  Rain or Shine event. – ** Must Be At Least 18 Years Old To Enter **http://www.milledgevillethunderrally.com/

30th, Sun – Montgomery, TX – Houston Ride For Kids – Benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Since 1984, motorcyclists have raised funds to help children with brain tumors, which are the top cause of cancer death in children.  Events also fund free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid for families. – Project Bike Raffle, Escorted Rides – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2777&pg=entry

Ride-In Movie – Easy Rider Event Report

The Saturday, 18FEB2017 Ride-In Movie “Easy Rider” was a blast from the past.

Attending the movie was most enjoyable however there were not as many bikers attending as I thought there would be. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good turnout so I’m not complaining. 🙂 I think everyone enjoyed seeing Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson again in their young respective roles.

Cowboy HD surprised everyone by changing the advertised menu. Instead of providing popcorn as advertised they provided plenty (at least 20 boxes) of fresh pizza and keg beer! I bet the turnout would have been much better had people known they were going to receive a good meal instead of just popcorn. 😉

The outdoor screen was different to any I had seen before. It resembled a flat wall of one of those inflatable bounce houses, and there was a good sound system.

The movie was started just after sundown when there was still a lot of light in the sky.

The first few minutes of the movie was a little washed out because of this but that didn’t last long.

The rear-projection picture was clear once it got dark.  We enjoyed a brisk, clear evening sky, a good movie, and the camaraderie of other bikers.

This is normally where I would end an event review however this Old-School biker is going to take the opportunity to wax nostalgic. Easy Rider brought back a lot of memories of both life and riding in the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s… some good, some bad. The period music was great, and contrary to a lot of the so-called music today actually said something, with meaning, and complimented the scene(s) it was played with. Whoever chose the specific locations for filming did great!  A significant amount of beautiful scenery, iconic old towns, even shanty areas accurately depicted the era. The desert ruins were **exactly** like the ones I remember on a ride through west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona on US-90 and US-60/70 during the 70’s, and the “old-fashioned” store fronts were what I grew up with in a small town. Even the depiction of a commune, something that was common during that era, fit neatly into the overall theme. “Back then” there was virtually no visible pollution and plenty of crystal clear skies. Riding was often a pleasure with little traffic and gorgeous views in most places.

Unfortunately there were also “accepted” drawbacks during that time period, especially for bikers, which the movie depicted rather well. The diner scene showed both a budding fascination with bikers, especially among young people who had been taught strict, sometimes Puritanical, “core values” from an early age, and the prevailing prejudice against anyone who was different to an area’s “norm”, especially if they had long hair. The general public didn’t understand a person’s need for individual freedom as was quite accurately explained in Jack Nicholson’s freedom speech to Dennis Hopper. Most people thought you were out-of-sync to want something other than the status-quo, either in appearance or attitude, and were considered a truly bad person should you actually pursue your own version of personal freedom like riding a motorcycle whether it be locally or God-forbid cross-country. Bikers were all considered as “outlaws” on sight and were seldom given the chance to prove otherwise.

The television show “Then Came Bronson”, which came out at approximately the same time as “Easy Rider”, attempted to correct this stereotype by showing a lone biker trying to influence people’s lives for change/good, and is the primary catalyst that caused me to fall in love with both motorcycles and the open road. Of course “Easy Rider” solidified this desire. 🙂 As the movie showed, it was often difficult for a biker to even get a motel room, one reason I often chose to find a nice tucked away spot most nights when on the road. Getting a room just wasn’t worth the hassle **and** the worry of what might happen to your bike once you fell asleep. Fortunately the general public’s acceptance of bikers has significantly improved over the years. Now a biker is often the subject of fascination and (good) envy. I can’t count the number of times in the past few years that (non-biker) people have struck up starry-eyed conversations with me at gas stations and diners, much like the one held at a traffic light during the “Then Came Bronson” opening credits, when I’m traveling on my bike. Those conversations usually end with my saying something like, “Well, you ought to try it. I bet you’d love it.”

In closing I must say I wish the end of the movie had been different, and heard comments from those around me expressing the same opinion as I was preparing to leave… in different words of course. No, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you by elaborating in case you haven’t yet seen this iconic movie. You’ll just have to find that out for yourself.

I sincerely hope Cowboy HD makes ride-in movies a somewhat regular occurrence in the future. 🙂

Cinco de Mayo Celebration – 05MAY2017

Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo lunch with Dixie Riders™ Motorcycle Club!

When? 15MAY2017 12 Noon to 1:30PM
Where? Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant – 4414 Dowlen Rd #101, Beaumont, TX 77706

This is an **open** event.  Non-Dixie Riders™ Motorcycle Club members not only **welcome** but **encouraged** to attend.

Dixie Riders™ MC will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Beaumont, TX at the Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant on Friday, 05MAY2017 from 12Noon to 1:30pm.

This restaurant is one of the best Mexican food restaurants in the Golden Triangle. They have a wide variety of entrees, deserts, and lunch specials. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served. You can view their menu by clicking HERE.

GPS Coordinates = 30°07’16.1″N 94°09’33.4″W

Please base your behavior and clothing choice(s) with regard for the families and other non-DRMC™ people attending.

As always, we hope you are able to come out and join us for our Cinco de Mayo celebration.  If you are a non-DRMC™ member who wishes to attend please let us know you will be there by using the Contact Us link so we will know how many people to expect and can make a point of meeting you.

Cost: Free Admission. Food Prices = Entrees range from around $2.25 to $18.00 depending upon your menu choice. Lunch specials are also available.

Dress Code: Street Clothes OK. Bike Wear, including colors, welcomed.

Hawgs And Dawgs – 18MAR2017

What could be better than an afternoon of hot dogs or links right off the grill… AND motorcycles!?!

When? 18MAR2017  Noon to 3:00PM
Where? Cowboy Harley Davidson – 1150 Interstate 10 S. Access Rd Beaumont, TX 77707 – exit 851

Come enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, music, along with the Dixie Riders™ Motorcycle Club and other bikers.

This is an **open** event.  Non-Dixie Riders™ Motorcycle Club members not only **welcome** but **encouraged** to attend.

GPS Coordinates = 30°03’59.0″N 94°08’07.8″W

This event is to bring bikers together for an enjoyable afternoon outdoors with fun, food (hot dogs or smoked sausages), and musical entertainment while enjoying the camaraderie of other bikers and like-minded people.

Attendance will include bikers, ** their families**, and other members of the public. Please base your behavior and clothing choice(s) with regard for the families and other non-club people attending.

As always, we hope you are able to come out and join us for this delicious, and fun, event.  If you are a non-DRMC™ member who wishes to attend please let us know you will be there by using the Contact Us link so we will know how many people to expect and can make a point of meeting you.

Cost: Free Admission. Food Prices: Typically no charge for food or drinks unless there is a fund-raiser going on at the same time. Food prices during fund-raisers are normally around $5 per person and include side(s) and beverage(s).

Dress Code: Street Clothes OK. Bike Wear, including colors, welcomed.

Hawgs And Dawgs Event Report

The Saturday, 11FEB2017 “Hawgs And Dawgs” event held at Cowboy Harley Davidson in Beaumont, TX was a bit different than their usual “Hawgs And Dawgs”.

Hawgs And Dawgs2This time the food and beverages was still free however the Humane Society Of Southeast Texas was there with 4 of their furry friends that were available for adoption.

Humane Society - Cowboy HD_11FEB2017 900x675Attendance was good for a fundraiser and the enormous hot dogs served were delicious!

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Of course the “National Beer Of Texas” was served!  By the way… Texas Independence Day is on Thursday, 02MAR2017Lone Star Beer Can _ CroppedSome of the bikers even brought their friendly 4-legged companions as well.

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We were entertained by “Curse And The Cure” a male/female combo.

Curse And The Cure - Cowboy HD_11FB2017This combo is from Port Arthur in southeast Texas. According to their website https://curseandthecure.com/ they have had the pleasure of opening for national/regional acts such as: Reba McEntire, The Charlie Daniels Band, Pat Green, The Damn Quails, Midnight River Choir and more!

Everyone there seemed to have a good time and enjoyed not only the entertainment but the food and visiting with the dogs that were up for adoption as well.

Upcoming Events – March 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for March 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration information, and any other pertinent information.

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

March 2017 Events

3rd-5th, Fri – Sun – Jacksonville, FL – Demo Days And Bike Week Kick Off Party – Live Music by No Saints and 2 Other Bands, Wall Of Death Shows All Weekend.  Best Bike Club Attendance Prize, Vendors, Food, Drinks and More. – http://www.adamecharley.com/default.asp?page=xListEvents&CalendarIDs=34&id=263680

3rd-5th, Fri – Sun – Sanford, FL – Seminole Bike Fest 2017 – Miss Seminole Bikini Contest, Music by five (5) different bands, Bikini Bike Wash, Cash Prizes. – http://www.seminoleharley.com/default.asp?page=xListEvents&id=273251

4th, Sat – Waynesville, NC – As Bare As You Dare – Benefits The Elderly In Haywood County, NC By Helping Provide Proper Heat.  Proceeds handled by Mountain Projects – Cold weather “polar bear” style ride.  Food, Entertainment, Music – https://www.facebook.com/Haywoodcoolriders

4th-5th, Sat – Sun – Eustis, FL – 6th Annual International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet And Bike Show – Several acres of original used parts and new OEM parts. Indoor and outdoor events and displays.  – http://www.vintagemotorcyclealliance.com/

10th-11th, Fri – Sat – New Smyrna Beach, FL – AMCA Sunshine National Meet – Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Sunshine Chapter Presentation – Field Games, Antique Bike Show, Swap Meet, And More – http://sunshineamca.org/

10th-19th, Fri – Sun – Daytona Beach, FL – 76th Annual Daytona Bike Week – Bike Show, Concerts, Vendors, Party Spots, Demo Rides, Guided Tours, Concerts, Rides, On-Site Restaurants, Bars, Clubs.  Beach-side events. – http://www.officialbikeweek.com/

10th-19th, Fri – Sun – Daytona Beach, FL – 39th Annual Bike Week Swap Meet – Buy, sell, trade.  Free Parking. Side-car and Trike Show, Antique Bike Show, Wall of Death, Ice Cream Man From Hell – www.jam-onproductions.com//images/2017/poster.png

11th, Sat – Deland, FL – Deland Bike Rally – Live Music, Ride-In Bike Show, Antique Motorcycle Gathering, Vendors, Beer Garden, And More – http://delandrally.com/

16th, Thur – Daytona Beach, FL – Ruff Ride Poker Run – Benefits the Halifax Humane Society. – Poker Run, Limited Edition T-shirts, Dinner Reception At The Iron Horse Saloon – http://www.halifaxhumanesociety.org/ruffride.html

16th, Thur – Daytona Beach, FL – Ruff Ride Poker Run – A Leather And Lace MC Presentation – Door Prizes, Raffle, 50/50 Auction, Food, Live Music, Biker Games With Prizes, Etc. – http://test.leatherandlacemc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Rodeo-Flyer_2017.jpg

17-18, Fri – Sun – Jefferson, TX – Route 49 Rally, Festival, And BBQ Cook-Off – Benefits Children’s Health At The Children’s Medical Centers (multiple) in north Texas – Car and Bike Show, Bands, Poker Run open to all types of vehicles, IBCA sanctioned BBQ event. – route49rally.com/index.html

18th, Sun – Lebanon, TN – Spring Thaw Bike Show And Swap Meet – Accessories, Bikes For Sale, Clothing, Etc. – All Indoor, Rain or Shine. 1971 Honda Giveaway – http://www.bothbarrelspromotions.com/event/15th-annual-spring-thaw-bike-show-and-swap-meet/?instance_id=4

20th-22nd, Mon – Wed – Chiefland, FL – 1st Annual Indian Motorcycle Pow-Wow – Official Smudging Ceremony for the Bikes, Tribal Hunting Party (Scavenger Hunt), Ride Like a Pro class by “Motorman”, Rides, Manatees, swimming, and more! – All brands of motorcycles welcome. – http://www.chieflandpowwow.com/

25th, Sat – Natchitoches, LA – 2nd Annual Dream Run Rally – Benefits Shriner’s Hospitals For Children – Vendors, raffles, auctions, a bike show, great food, and music by Billy O’Con and Badd Apple! – http://www.natchitocheschamber.com/events/details/brothers-keepers-dream-run-rally-56874

25th, Sat – Texarkana, AR – Pink Ride – Benefits Victims Of Breast Cancer And To Promote Breast Cancer Awareness – Bike, Jeep, 4×4 Show, live auction, adult refreshments, food, vendors, and music by seven (7) different bands. – http://www.pinkride.org/

25th-26th, Sat – Sun – Salisbury, NC – 44th Annual CBA Swap Meet And Bike Show – Presented by CBA ABATE of NC, Charlotte Chapter – Bike Show, Wet T-Shirt Contest, “Miss Charlotte CBA” Contest, Live Music, Food, Vendors – www.charlottecba.org/uploads/7/0/2/8/70283327/cba_spring_flyer_2017_proof.jpg

25th, Sat – Winter Haven, FL – Power To Our Veterans 1st Annual Poker Run – Cash Prizes For Best And Worst Hands – 50/50 Drawings, Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction, Goody Bags For All Registrants – http://power2ourvets.wixsite.com/home/1st-annual-solar-run

26th, Sun – Eustis, FL – Poker Run – Supporting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veteran Memorial – Poker Run, Classic Car And Bike Show, Free Breakfast, BBQ Vendors, Live Music – http://www.eustis.org/calendar_app/calendar_event_detail.html?eventId=148&date=3/26/2017&show=no

31st-April 1st, Fri – Sat – Ocala, FL – 4th Annual Ocala Bike Fest – Bike Show, Live Music, Poker Run, Harley Fashion Show, Chance Drawing For A 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide – http://www.mcarc.com/ocala-bike-fest-2017/

31st-April 1st, Fri – Sat, Muleshoe, TX – Muleshoe Roadriders Motorcycle Rally – Tour Run, Light Show, Parade, Bike Games and More – https://www.facebook.com/muleshoe.roadriders/photos/a.1456142541287302.1073741831.1454901994744690/1926638377571047/?type=3&theater