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Ride Details

We’re organizing at City Hall (100 NW 1st Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444) and taking flight from there. Please arrive at City Hall, between 7:30 and 8 AM. (Earlier is better). 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. There will be a catch up break at Anchor Park before our arrival at the Green Market. Don’t worry about how to get there, just follow the Alpha and Beta Witches.

2018 Fundraiser Results

In case you missed the fundraiser hosted by Tim Finnegans Irish Pub, (shame on you if you did) it was its usual success. We surpassed our previous year by raising over $5,000 in the fundraiser alone. Combined with rider registration, we’ve already beat last year’s total and we’re still registering riders until Friday. Well done witches! Join us at the ride to see the final total.

Rider Tips

  • Review the rider rules HERE.
  • View the Route Map HERE.
  • Test drive your bike fully decorated. Are the decorations safe and do not interfere with safe bicycle operation? (Are they waterproof in case of rain?)
  • 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.

Pre-Ride Bicycle Safety Check

The witches set good examples and we’re all about safety of ourselves and others around us. Prior to the ride, you’ll receive a free safety check. They’ll check your tires adding air if needed and make sure you’ve “tied it down”. The bicycle safety check is provided by Richwagen’s Bike and Sport and the Delray Beach Bicycle Club. You will not be permitted to ride until your bike is safe.

Post-Ride Contest

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? Maybe you’ve gotten together with several of your best “ghoulfriends” tricked out your brooms and you’re going to take the streets of Delray by storm with our new Best Group category.

Whatever your poison, show your spirit at the Delray Beach Green Market after our ride and compete for hand- made trophy’s made by our very own and very talented Beta Witch Tricia McFadden, and the best bling you’ll wear all season!

The contests are held after the ride at the Delray Beach Green Market. Even if you don’t plan on entering this year’s contests for Best Broom (bike), best Costume, best Group 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 Strul of the The House of Perna.
  • Returning judge Jestena Boughton of the Colony Hotel & Cabaña Club.
  • First time judge Jill Brown– Manager at Arts Warehouse

Emceeing our event again this year will be Robert Geller of 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, and find out if you’re a good witch or a bad ass witch! Proceeds from this event benefit Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

Witches Brew Fundraiser Friday October 19th, 2018

Next week is all about the ride but are you ready for this Friday’s “Witches Brew” Fundraiser at Tim Finnegans Irish Pub? Dress up in your “witchy” best and mingle with the coven. Register to ride and bid to win some of the fabulous silent auction items. The Fundraiser is from 5 to 9 PM, Friday October 19th.

Here is some of the excitement you can expect…

What’s more fun than the coven getting together to share a brew? Adding Karaoke to the cauldron that’s what! That’s right, this Friday night Dan Renken will be on hand to stir the pot with his spooky tunes and smooth sounds. So, come out practice your cackle and add your voice to mix. You’ll be channeling your inner rock star in no time!

Once again, our Wordsmith Witch is reciting her newly penned Witches of Delray poem! For the past five years Jane Ratcliffe has written a poem dedicated to our flight. This year is no exception and we are honored and thrilled to have gotten a sneak peek!
The rest of you HAVE to come out Friday to Finnegans to be witness to the brilliance under the hat. Our Wordsmith Witch is pure magic and will be unveiling this year’s 2018 Witches of Delray poem. I dare you not to fall under her spell!

 

One of my favorite things to do post-brew is log on and look at all the fantastic pictures from the night before. You can relive the moments and get swept up in excitement all over again. We are thrilled to announce Photo Witch Joanne Ryan will be on hand again to capture all the magic moments! She has a way with that camera…and she never gets a witch’s bad side! Come out to play this Friday and stop and flash an extra smile for Joanne. Her pictures always capture your true essence…No spells required.

Witches put a lot of effort and magic into finding the perfect hat. It must be stylish, functional and by all means stay on your head in flight. Well don’t worry my pretties! Our flying monkeys have your back (and hat). Bring you hat to the brew and for a $5 donation one of our flying monkeys will set grommets in it so you can secure it safely during flight. The Witches of Delray fly safe! And we don’t stop for wardrobe malfunctions.

Check out this sweet broom! A 26″ Huffy beach cruiser which is ride ready or add your own flair! Tickets are available now at Tim Finnegans Irish Pub. Get yours today or at the Witches Brew Fundraiser.

 

Show your coven pride with a double-sided yard sign. Available for the first time this year for a $15 donation to the Achievement Centers for Children & Families. These will be available exclusively at our Witches Brew fundraiser while supplies last.

 

 

As for the fundraiser itself, here is a list of some of the fabulous fundraiser items you can win in our silent auction:

 

Here are a few of the sponsors who donated items…

Beta and I along with the fantastic staff at the Achievement Center foundation are looking forward to mingling with the coven. We hope you can join us.

2018 Route Map

Hello again my Pretties…

The 2018 route map is set. Click the image below to view/print a PDF of the route…

Get Ready for 2018

Have you heard the exciting news? New this year for the 7th Annual Witches of Delray Witch Ride benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children & Families We are thrilled to announce a new group category for our contest at the Delray Beach GreenMarket. That’s right! You can get a group of your best “goul-friends” together and compete for the Best Group Award. If you attended last year then you witnessed the magic of the Lilly Witches…can your team oust the originals? Come FLY with the Witches of Delray.

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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.

Latest Ride Info at a Glance (2016 Ride)

NOTE: Due to forecast winds of 20 MPH on Saturday, it is very likely we will shorten the 6 mile route down to 4.3 miles.  This will be decided at or during the event based on weather conditions at the time.

WHERE: Arrive at the Pavilion near Old School Square

  • Free parking available in the Old School Square parking garage, or several nearby public parking lots. See the route map for parking options.

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WHEN: Arrive no later than 7:45 AM, Saturday October 29th, 2016. You will need time to:

  • Check in – Even if you’ve pre-registered, you will need to check in at the registration table to receive your rider wristband and make sure we have a signed wavier.
  • Register – If you didn’t pre-register online or at the fundraiser, you might plan on arriving at 7:30 to register.
  • Flying Monkeys will be on hand to air up tires and perform bicycle safety checks.
  • Tie everything down. We’re expecting 20 MPH winds so make sure your hat is tied down. If you missed the “Grommet Station” at the fundraiser, flying monkeys can put small holes in your hat and give you a string to tie it down. Flying monkeys have additional supplies to help tie decorations down. Don’t underestimate the foretasted 20 MPH winds.
  • You’ll have time to enjoy meeting other witches, looking at the bikes, taking pictures and meeting other members of the coven.
  • Rest rooms are available.

Event Schedule:

  • 7:45 – check in / registration.
  • 8:00 AM to 8:45 – Safety checks, professional photographer Jim Greene will be on hand to capture photos of the pre-flight activities.
  • 8:45 – Rider instructions (Patrick Halliday and the Delray Beach Police Department)
  • 8:55 – Line up for takeoff – Group photo by professional photographer Jim Green.
  • 9:00 – Witches Take Flight!
  • 9:45 – Witches return to the Green Market. Water station / refreshments / restroom break.
  • 10:00 – Group photo / check presentation.
  • 10:15 – Self-judging to select finalists for best broom and best costume contests.
  • 10:40 – Contest begins featuring local celebrity judges.
  • 11:20 – Contest winners announced.
  • 11:30 – Event wrap up.