2017 Ride Posts

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Delray Witches Don’t Melt

Delray witches don’t melt.  This is a good thing because as of Wednesday’s forecast for Saturday, it may start raining Saturday morning.  Hopefully it will hold off until after our flight.  Unfortunately, the permit for our ride is “rain-or-shine” so it might be time to separate the “real” witches from the casual witches.  Delray witches don’t run from the rain (although our mascara might “run”).  We don’t melt either like other witches.  Think of the bragging rights! (and think about working a raincoat into your costume).

If it is a downpour by the time we get to the green market the contest might be canceled (or be very small).  We’ll take a hat count and if we have anyone willing to participate in the rain, your odds of winning will likely go up.

If you have a spell for “good weather”, please cast it.  Weather forecasting in Florida is a black art and the forecasters often miss the mark so it might not rain at all on Saturday.

Ride Details

  • We’re organizing at City Hall and taking flight from there.  Please arrive at City Hall no later than 8 AM.  (Earlier is better).  If we can get everyone together before the rain starts, we’ll take off early.  Even though you might have registered online you’ll need to get your wrist band and get a bike safety check.
  • The official start time for the ride is 9 AM but with any luck we’ll leave at 8:45.
  • Depending on the weather, we’ll likely take a break halfway into the route.  If it is raining, we’ll skip the break.
  • Arrival will be at the Green Market.  Don’t worry about how to get there, just follow Alpha Witch.

Fundraiser Results

In case you missed it (shame on you), the fundraiser was its usual success and we surpassed our previous year by raising over $4000 in the fundraiser alone.  Combined with rider registration, we’re already on track to beat last year’s total.  Well done witches!

 

 

 

 

Rider Tips

  • Test drive your bike fully decorated.  Are the decorations safe and do not interfere with safe bicycle operation?  (Are they waterproof?)
  • Is your costume bicycle friendly?  Wind could blow your costume into moving parts. Make sure nothing can get caught in the spokes, chain and otherwise interfere with safe operation of the bike.  (again, waterproof?)
  • Is your hat tied down?  It’s hard to keep both hands on the handlebars if you’re holding your hat down.  If you missed our hat grommet station at the fundraiser, you can cut small holes in your hat right above your ears.  Take a 36 inch length of string (ribbon, shoe lace, etc), loop it around the top front of the hat and drop both ends through the holes.  This gives you a way to “tie it down”.  Better yet, mount your hat to a bicycle helmet and let the helmet strap keep you safe and hold it down.  Alpha witch secures a small hat to her bicycle helmet with small zip-ties.

 

Post-Ride Contests

What are you feeling this year witches?  Is your broom tricked out with all the bells and whistles?  Is your costume a show stopping spell caster?  Can you raise the dead with the best cackle of the coven?

Whatever your poison, show your spirit at the Delray Beach Green Market after our ride and compete for the best bling you’ll wear all season!

The contests are held after the ride and group photo / check presentation at the Delray Beach Green Market.  Even if you don’t plan on entering this years contests for Best Broom (bike), Cost Costume or best Witch Cackle, it is a fun event to watch and you’ll get to vote and cheer for your favorite witches.

We’ve brought in Delray’s highest authorities of witch style and spirit! And we are proud to announce this year’s panel of judges. Joining us this year:
 Returning Judge Amanda Perna of the House of Perna

 Returning judge Jestena Boughton of the Colony Hotel and Cabana Club.

  First time judge Jacqueline Moroco Maloney of Moroco Orthodontics

 

 Our emcee for the contest, Robert Geller of the Atlantic Commercial Group, Inc.

These community members know style…they know class….and they know shenanigans! So pull out your “witchy” best, see what kind of bedlam we can create, support the Achievement Centers for Children & Families and find out if you’re a good witch or a bad ass witch!


2017 Route Map

Hello my Pretties…

The 2017 route map is set. Click the image below to view a PDF of the route…

 


5 days to Fundraiser - 12 days Till We Fly

Hello my pretties…

We’re getting closer so here is an update on this year’s fundraiser and ride.

FUNDRAISER
Join us again for this year’s Witches Brew kickoff and Fundraiser. It starts Friday October 20th at 4 PM and will be at Tim Finnegans Irish Pub, 2885 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach, FL 33483.

The fundraiser is already on track to beat last year’s. So far, we have a local hotel “staycation” at the Colony Hotel, fishing and sightseeing charters, a bicycle, dining, yoga, spa packages, $500 private wine class for up to 20 people, golf for four including cart ($400 value) and many more items than we can list here.

If you or one of your familiars have fundraiser items they would like to donate, we’re nearing the deadline and would like to have all donations ready to pick up by Friday the 13th so it can be processed. Otherwise, please plan on dropping off donations no later than Monday the 16th directly at the Achievement Center Foundation office at 345 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444.

THE RIDE – Saturday October 28th, 2017
The construction of the new Christmas tree location has caused the green market to move 100 yards to the west in front of the amphitheater. To avoid being in the way of the green market traffic, the city has offered to allow us to meet at City Hall. The ride will start at City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue, and end at the green market.

The witches take flight no later than 8:45 AM Saturday, October 28th, 2017. Please plan on arriving at City Hall no later than 7:45AM. Early is better and will keep things running smoothly.

Beta Witch and I look forward to seeing you at these fun events. I’ll follow up weekly with more information. You can always check our web site at https://WitchesOfDelray.org or like our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/witchesofdelray to keep up with the latest.

XXOO
Alpha


2017 Flyer is Ready!

Greetings My Pretties!!!

It’s that time of year again and we are gearing up for our 6th annual 2017 Witches of Delray bike ride to benefit the Achievement Center of Delray Beach. below is downloadable, printable flyer for you to print post and share to promote our annual Witch Ride for Charity as well as the Witches Brew kickoff fundraiser at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub. More details are coming soon so stay tuned! We will be announcing our route and start times for the ride in the next couple of weeks.

We are still gathering items/donations for our Witches Brew, so if you or someone you know has something you think would make a great donation please have them contact our new Beta Witch at beta@witchesofdelray.org.

Have a wonderful week witches! We’ll chat soon!

Xo
Alpha

Download, print and share the flyer.

(click the flyer below for a full size PDF file)


2017 Witches Brew Fundraiser

Witches Brew Fundraiser
Friday, October 20th, 2017 Starting at 4 PM

Tim Finnegans Irish Pub
2885 South Federal Highway
Delray Beach, Florida 33483
561-330-3153 (Reservations not accepted for this event)

Come in costume (optional), meet the coven and be a part of the 2017 “Witches Brew” ride kickoff at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub in Delray Beach.

  • Door prizes, chance drawings, silent auction.
  • Sign up to ride.
  • Review the ride route.
  • Get rider tips and decorating tips.
  • Group photos.
  • Live DJ, food and drink specials.
  • “Grommet” station – Get grommets set in your witch hat to help you tie it down.