Ride Recap: Bikes and Banjos, Pedals and Puppets

by Meg Hartley
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Do you want to know the best way to spend a sunny February day in Portland? A Kidical Mass bike ride! We were a collection of parents with kids in bike seats, on longtails, on/in trailers, in wooden buckets and on their own bikes. The ride started in the southeast hills near Mt. Tabor, at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, and from there we headed down the hill to Laurelhurst Park. On the way, we saw a collection of plastic zoo animals chained to a horse ring in the sidewalk, a fake leg coming out of the attic of a house, huge, old trees, and an occasional chicken, dog or cat. Of course, we stopped off at the Laurelhurst playground for lollipops, snacks, and some swinging and climbing. There might have been a collective kid uproar if we hadn’t!

With the promise of more playground fun and a pig and chicken visit, we jetted away from Laurelhurst en route to Sunnyside School Park. This route took us through the Sunnyside neighborhood where we saw clowns painted on buildings, an old firehouse, a bicycle rickshaw, camilia bushes in bloom, and a funky house truck painted like a tiger. After visiting Poppy the resident pig and the chickens, no eggs were laid today, at Sunnyside School, we jumped on our bikes for the ride to see a puppet show by Mudeye Puppets, and dance to kid centric banjo music by Professor Banjo! (Thanks to Clever Cycles for providing ticket discounts to all.) YAY!

We had the support of many pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along the way, with many waves and exclamations of “Look at all the bikes!”. We even had a man with a movie camera film us go by! This part of the ride promised a rather steep hill, but we persevered, and despite mud and hills, we made it to our final destination and lunged inside for the puppetry and musical fun! After sipping steamers and coffee, dancing and singing, we all parted ways, with full bellies, warm hearts and a spectacular sunset, it was official that we had chosen the best way to spend this Saturday.

Bikes & Banjos, Pedals & Puppets!

Professor Banjo and the Mudeye Puppet Company are playing a show together on February 19th at TaborSpace, and Kidical Mass will be there! Thanks to a generous donation from Clever Cycles and support from the Bike Trains program, Kidical Mass is able to offer special $2 tickets for this fun family show!

Meet at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St., around 1:45, the ride will roll out at 2:00. We’ll head over to Laurelhurst and Sunnyside Parks to play and then be back at TaborSpace, inside the church, by 4. The puppet & music show will end around 6. While tickets will be available at the door for $8 each, you must pre-order tickets to get the Kidical Mass rate.

The Mudeye Puppet Company builds puppets from reused materials and does shows about self-esteem, reducing waste, and exploring creativity. Professor Banjo shares dancing games, sing-a-longs, and stories, all while playing—you guessed it—the banjo. These great Portland entertainers are playing a show together on February 19th at TaborSpace, and Kidical Mass will be there! Thanks to a generous donation from Clever Cycles and support from the Bike Trains program, Kidical Mass is able to offer special $2 tickets for this fun family show!

The ride will meet at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St. Gather around 1:45, we will roll out at 2:00. Our route will loop through Laurelhurst and Sunnyside Parks for some outside fun and then bring us back to TaborSpace by 4. The puppet & music show will end around 6. While tickets will be available at the door for $8 each, you must pre-order tickets to get the Kidical Mass rate. Find them at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/144259, codeword “bicycle.”

The ride will be a 3-mile loop. Please dress for the weather, bring a helmet, and remember lights for your ride home.

See Beautiful Sellwood!

Let’s go biking in Sellwood! Meet at Oaks Pioneer Church on January 15 at 1:45, the ride will roll out at 2. We’ll make a tour of this great Portland neighborhood, maybe stopping for hot drinks and fun with park swings and ducks. Ride is just under three miles and will be a loop. Please dress for the weather, wear helmets, and don’t forget your lights for the ride home! Bring a few dollars in case we stop for hot cocoa.

Let’s go biking in Sellwood!  Meet at Oaks Pioneer Church and we’ll roll out on Spokane, one of Portland’s newest Neighborhood Greenways, and then head through Sellwood’s commercial center, on SE 13th, with a possible stop at Blue Kangaroo to warm up with coffee and hot chocolate.  We’ll then roll past Sellwood Cycles, bells a’ringing, on our way to Eastmoreland Park for a swing.  On our way back we’ll ride along Sellwood Boulevard, where we’ll have a great view of downtown and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Preserve (keep your eyes out for the Bald Eagle!). When we get to 7th, we’ll ride into Sellwood Park for more playground romping, and it’s just a short pedal from there back to the church where we started.

Kidical Mass is Coming to Town!

Baby, it’s cold outside… and wet, and dark so very early. Brighten up your holiday mood by joining Kidical Mass for a ride (whatever the weather) in NoPo this month! We’ll sing carols (Christmas, bikey, and otherwise) for the holiday shoppers on North Mississippi, and then stop in to Grand Central Baking for some hot drinks and a cookie or three before heading home– note the earlier time, to help us all get home before dark!

Meet at Saturday, Dec 18 at 1:45 under the covered basketball courts in Irving Park– we’ll leave at 2 and plan to be back by 4. Ride is a 2.5 mile loop. Please be sure to bring lights (just in case!) and extra warm layers, so that you and your little ones can enjoy every bikey minute!

Baby, it’s cold outside… and wet, and dark so very early.  Brighten up your holiday mood by joining Kidical Mass for a ride (whatever the weather) in NoPo this month!  We’ll sing carols (Christmas, bikey, and otherwise) for the holiday shoppers on North Mississippi, and then stop in to Grand Central Baking for some hot drinks and a cookie or three before heading home– note the earlier time, to help us all get home before dark!
Meet at 1:45 under the covered basketball courts in Irving Park– we’ll leave at 2 and plan to be back by 4.  Ride is a 2.5 mile loop.  Please be sure to bring lights (just in case!) and extra warm layers, so that you and your little ones can enjoy every bikey minute!

Tour de Pie

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, some look forward to the roasty, crisp skin of their holiday bird. For some, it is savory, steaming stuffing that gets them to the table. For us here at Kidical Mass, it’s all about the pie.

The ride will be under 3 miles, and will be a loop. Meet in Ladd’s Circle Park at 2:45, roll at 3. We ride rain or shine.

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, some look forward to the roasty, crisp skin of their holiday bird.  For some, it is savory, steaming stuffing that gets them to the table.  For us here at Kidical Mass, it’s all about the pie.

And speaking of pie, isn’t it interesting how many delicious ways there are to combine yummy ingredients with pastry and come up with something amazing– some sort of “pie”?

This line of thinking led us to invent the Kidical Mass Tour de Pie, a rolling exploration of pie establishments in close-in SE Portland.  Stops are not yet finalized, but will likely include pizza pie, fried pie, and of course the traditional baked-in-a-flaky-crust pumpkin pie.

The ride will be under 3 miles, and will be a loop.  Meet in Ladd’s Circle Park at 2:45, roll at 3.  We ride rain or shine.

Kidical Mass PDX: Memories Wanted!

Did you ride with Angela and Carl the last time there was Kidical Mass in Portland? We didn’t– and we’d love to hear about it! What worked? What didn’t? What would you like to see again, and what should we change? Leave comments here, or if you’d prefer, email us!

ThrilleRide

No mere mortal can resist the evil of the ThrilleRide…

On Saturday, October 23, we will celebrate Kidical Mass Portland’s rise from the grave with a ride that will take us to a mass performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Come as a zombie or in your Halloween costume, and come prepared to dance!

Meet at 2:45, ride at 3:00. Route starts at the intersection of SW Park & SW Mill, is less than two miles, and is a loop.

No mere mortal can resist the evil of the ThrilleRide…

To celebrate Kidical Mass Portland’s rise from the grave, this ride will take us to a mass performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Come as a zombie or in your Halloween costume, and come prepared to dance!

Meet at 2:45, ride at 3. Meet at the intersection of SW Park Ave & Mill St. Rain or shine; if it looks like rain, bring appropriate rain gear. Ride is under two miles, and is a loop.

For more details on Thrill the World, see the international event website and the Portland-specific site. If you like, you can brush up on the steps before the ride and join the dancers as they attempt a world record!