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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.

Are you Ready to Ride?

Rider Tips

  • Test drive your bike fully decorated.  Are the decorations safe and do not interfere with safe bicycle operation?
  • 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.
  • 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.

Rider Checklist

  • Have you seen and reviewed the route map and do you know where we’re starting?  If not, consult the 2016 Route Map and info.
  • If you rode with us last year, do you know we’re meeting at a new location?  If not consult the route map.
  • Do you know what time to be there?  (Hint: 7:45 AM Saturday October 29th, 2016).  View the full schedule HERE.
  • Have you read the rider rules?  If not, review them HERE on our web site.
  • Do you know where to go to keep informed on the latest?  (Hint: visit and bookmark THIS PAGE where we’ll post the latest information.)
  • Are you planning on bringing water?  We have a six mile route with no water stops.  There will be restrooms at the starting and ending points but please bring water to stay hydrated during the ride.

2016 Contests

 

2016-awardsWhat 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), 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:


amanda

Returning Judge Amanda Perna of the House of Perna.

 


 

jestenaboughton

First time judge Jestena Boughton of the Colony Hotel and Cabana Club.

 


matthewfarmer

First time judge Matthew Farmer – Artistic Director at Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

 


robertgeller

Emceeing our event will be Robert Geller of Atlantic Commercial Group.

 


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!

 

 

Fundraiser Results

This year the fundraiser raised $3,153 the Achievement Center for Children and Families. Once again the witches have outdone themselves and exceeded the previous years fundraiser amount which was $2,096.

Combined with riders who have pre-registered, we’ve already exceeded last year’s grand total and we still have more riders to register. Help us fill out this check. What will the grand total be?

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As for the event itself, it was a wicked fine blast! You can view photos of this amazing event in our photo album HERE. Be sure to check out Alpha’s “Selfie Broomstick” photos.

Alpha’s 2016 Selfie Broomstick

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Alpha Witch brought her custom “Selfie Broom” to this years fundraiser.  Take a look at the fun!