Well, I have to say that the First Friday Bike Tour was a quite a success and all the rage in downtown Wenatchee last Friday night. I for one was so glad that the guys at Second Wind were able to solve the recurrent problem I was having with my bike; so I could do the ride on my own bike and take the photos and video from my bike that I used to make a movie which can be seen on Youtube at: &feature=channel_video_title
I started my ride early as I wanted to get good shots of some of the venues I hadn’t been in before. And, a good thing I did as so many folks I met said they had been tied up in a horrible traffic jam on the bridge coming from East Wenatchee. My first stop was McDee’s where I got some nice shots of the Haitian Art and other works as well, then I proceeded onto other venues on the Avenue where I was so pleased to see that there was a Jazz combo playing on the sidewalk in front of Gallery 4South and that folks were doing the art walk right at 5pm. I was so impressed with Neal Hedges’ animal heads made from fabric on the wall at the Land trust office and of course the pastels of his wife Diana Sanford were outstanding as well. The black and white photography at the Step Above Gallery was REAL and a serious expose’ of urban life on the underside. The group ride itself was slow to get started, but that’s understandable as there were several riders participating and most surely were coming after work. The Velo Club members seemed like a great bunch of folks and I might like to ride with them some more in the future…. Hint, hint, hint. The tour with the riders on bikes went well and all traveled together as a group at least for the first few stops as far as I could see. I myself needed to move on and get more pics and was more familiar with the venues and so I moved on at my own pace. It was really fulfilling to hear from some of the participants that they really hadn’t known so much was going on in the downtown area on First Friday and they were happy to see that it was. That was music to my ears.
I got some good shots of the bike riders, some in their, competitive looking bicycle jerseys, in the gallery at Two Rivers and in pak-it-rite and in front of the PAC where the street/stall venders were selling art.
And, of course they all walked their bikes across the cross walk and on the side walk and all but one who shall remain nameless here wore a helmet. I can say, she wasn’t a member of the Velo Club and got quite a’ dressing down’ as they say, from the leader of the Velo Club for not wearing one.
So; photos and video in hand or at least in my computer, I spent the day Saturday making the movie about the First Friday Bike Tour, except for the few hours I spent at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center for the Celebration of El Salvador and other Latin American Cultures. There, of course I shot more video and took more pics… sorry haven’t made a movie yet on that. It was so nice to hear the young man Roger Benjume (mother from El Salvador and father from Mexico) sing the American National Anthem at the outset and to hear the poetry of Martha Flores expressing her love of this country and of our little valley… Wenatchee. Several of the participants brought articles from their native country or countries they had visited in Latin America. There were even some folks from Peru, who had a movie showing of folkloric dancers of their country of birth in their traditional costumes. One gentleman by the name of Gary Larson had a wonderful looking tradition cart from Central America that was in the word of some ‘cute’ and was certainly a well decorated piece of art in and of itself while being a functional mini-venders cart with wooden wheels. Folks who came to enjoy the art, the music, the dancing and of course the food – pupusas (sort of like an Argentine empanada or Italian calzone) only different… what can I say. The American born art lovers and travelers enjoyed these tasty treats as much as the Latin born folks who grew up eating these delicious entrée’s of El Salvador.
All was enjoyable even with the technological glitches with the sound system and my own video.
And, once we returned home, it was back to the movie making and publishing of the movie about the First Friday Bike Art Tour which I finally got finished and put on Youtube at about 11pm Saturday night…. Whew! And, believe me I was glad to have it done.
Sunday, it was off the races… well to the Blue Angels in any case on the water at Sea Fair. Alas the tickets to watch the boat races from your boat are a bit pricy. But, the folks I was with had a nice boat and we pulled the kids around on the lake and watched the air show (a real performance art form) from their boat.
We swam and played all-day-long. It was great fun, but a long ride to and from on my motorcycle, especially going over those cold passes in the early morning and after dark on the way back, but, worth it all the way around.
Well enough for now and off to enjoy more Art in the Valley and Beyond.