Check it out! Thanks to CCC, KWVA, Chris, Alex, Madi, Green Gear, and of course all the Moonlight Mashers for making this short film possible! It makes us overflow with warm fuzzy feelings to know that we have such a strong bicycle community in our little town!
Everybody’s favorite celebration of people on bicycles under the light of the full moon begins its fifth year with a big, funky bang!
Greetings, earthlings. I’m beaming in from far out to invite you on a funk-tastic journey through time and space on May 21st; the Moonlight Mash and KWVA Birthday Bash. Grab your bicycle, strap a boom box in your basket, and pedal over to Kesey Square at 7:30pm to embark on a musical journey from funk’s beginnings to today as we ride under the light of the full moon from downtown Eugene, over the river, and through campus to the historic WOW hall for a FREE show at 9pm when Alvin & the Chipfunks open for the funky sounds of Soul Vibrator. Visit KWVAradio.org or moonlightmash.com for more info, or just show up for the ride at 7:30 at Broadway and Willamette on May 21st.
That’s right, KWVA will be broadcasting our playlist, so any ‘Masher can tune in to 88.1fm and bump beats in sync with the boombakfiets! Visit your local second hand store, find a jambox, stock up on D-cells, bolt a basket to your handlebars, and put some ROCK in your ROLL!
Notice a few changes to the standard “short” route:
Two signature features will be missing: Due to construction, there will not be circles in the science courtyard near the end. At the midpoint, there will not be a stop underneath the freeway bridge. While this regrouping point had been a great way to take advantage of the bridge’s acoustics and fit in a dance break, it hasn’t been the same since the “dance floor” was filled in with boulders; further, the ride has grown to a point where starting again after this stop has made it more of a bottleneck than a regrouping point. Hopefully, riders will take advantage of the width of the path between VRC and McMenamins in order to pass/drop back to find their friends, or simy rely on the regrouping point at Alton Baker.
To make up for the lack of a dance party under the bridge, we’re having one at the WOW Hall instead! KWVA has secured the space, booked the bands, and paid for monitored valet bike parking. So we’ll just have to ride a little further before we boogie down.
More info on the KWVA event page.
The event is mirrored on our facebook as well.
Cheers to our friends down in Cali: Moonlight Mash Long Beach just had their second ‘Mash and it was a big hit! Their chapter was initiated by Charlie Hockett, a UO grad who was inspired by our ride here in Eugene. Following a cross-country bicycle tour, Charlie took that inspiration, studied the Bike Party model, and with some help from friends, founded MMLB in January. Here’s to many new chapters springing up all over!
Interested in starting your own chapter? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll start a moonlit revolution in your city!
Meet at Kesey Square at 7:30pm. RSVP on the facepage.
Tomorrow at 8:30pm is our annual “Beach” ride, typically the biggest of the summer! Post your music suggestions on the Spotify playlist, get your costume dialed (suggestions here), and note that we’ll ride an abbreviated version of the shorter route, in which we do not cross Franklin boulevard, but instead loop back to the north bank of the river for an epic beach party!