Bike Night!

Bikers, Hot Food, Cold Beer, and Live Music By A Fantastic Guitarist, Blake Sticker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sagXqBI0-DY)  What else could you ask for?

Event to be held at Cowboy HD Beaumont, TX
1150 Interstate 10 S. Access Rd.
Beaumont, TX 77707

GPS Coordinates = 30°03’57.9″N 94°08’07.8″W

This is an OPEN event.  Dixie Riders™ MC members and non-members are all equally welcome to attend.

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. 🙂

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.

Ride-In Movie – Easy Rider

ride-in-movie-night-18feb2017The Iconic Movie “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson is being shown in Beaumont, TX at Cowboy HD on Saturday, 18FEB2017 beginning at 6:00pm. **Yes, you read it right!!** This is going to be a (motorcycle) Ride-In outdoor movie! The movie lasts approximately 1.5 hours, however please consider doing a little mingling before and after the movie.

**** This is an OPEN event. Non-Dixie Riders Motorcycle Club members are not only WELCOME but ENCOURAGED to attend.  ****

If you prefer not to ride your bike, or don’t own a bike, then you are more than welcome to bring a lawn chair for each person in your group who will be attending.

In case you need a reminder of just how iconic Easy Rider is HERE’S a clip of the start of the movie featuring Steppenwolf’s mega hit song, “Born To Be Wild”, a song that expressed many a biker’s feelings toward the road. 🙂

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

This event is to bring bikers together for an enjoyable outdoor event classic (drive-in) style.

There will be FREE Popcorn and Beverages. You may bring other food if you wish. No coolers please.

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 the first the first ever motorcycle ride-in movie!

Hawgs And Dawgs

hawgs-and-dawgs-11feb2017Come enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, and music with other bikers on Saturday, 11FEB2017 from 12 Noon to 3PM.

*** This is an **open** event.  Non-Dixie Riders Motorcycle Club members are 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 music by Curse And The Cure while enjoying the camaraderie of other bikers and like-minded people.

It is also a pet friendly event so feel free to bring your furry best friend! Pet adoptions may also be available. The Humane Society of Southeast Texas will be there with some cute puppies who are looking for a new home.

Curse And The Cure have performed at the Brazos Valley Country Music Festival in College Station, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo as opening entertainment for Reba McEntire, at the Jefferson Theater in Beaumont, TX for South by Southeast Texas, as well as performing a SOLD OUT standing room only showcase at the House of Blues in Houston, TX. They have also opened for The Charlie Daniels Band, Pat Green, The Damn Quails, Midnight River Choir and more!

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.

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.

 

Mardi Gras Motorcycle Fun Run

Mardi Gras Motorcycle Fun Run
Come Help Support The Children’s Court Advocate Program.

mardi-gras-motorcycle-fun-runAn 8am breakfast will be served at Cowboy Harley Davidson of Beaumont, TX on Saturday, 28FEB2017. Registration and Check-In begin at 9am. Kickstands up will be at 10am. The Fun Run ends at Rose Hill Manor in Port Arthur. Come join us and have a good time supporting a worthy cause while having fun!

Start Point GPS Coordinates = 30°03’59.0″N 94°08’07.8″W
End Point GPS Coordinates = 29°53’24.8″N 93°54’53.9″W

**** This is an OPEN event. Non-Dixie Riders Motorcycle Club members are not only WELCOME but ENCOURAGED to attend.  ****

The fun run is being held to benefit CASA of Southeast Texas. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas, Inc. is a non-profit, non-governmental service organization that recruits, trains and supervises a diverse group of community volunteers, appointed by the Courts, to advocate for abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe, permanent homes.

The Grand Prize Winner will be the “King/Queen of the Mardi Gras Motorcycle Parade.” He or she will receive a crown, sash, box of beads, and get to be the leader of the parade at Mardi Gras Southeast Texas.

All participants can be part of the Mardi Gras Southeast Texas Motorcycle Parade at no additional cost. There is a separate registration form for this. Please visit Mardi Gras Of Southeast Texas for more information.

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 fun event!

Cost: $35 Early Bird Registration, $50 Regular Registration. Food Prices = Free Breakfast. Food costs at the Southeast Texas Mardi Gras depend upon the Vendor or Restaurant chosen.

Dress Code: Street Clothes, Including Mardi Gras Costumes, OK. Bike Wear, including colors, welcomed.