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A Great Saturday

August 4, 2012 Bicycling, Events/Meetings, Featured Comments Off on A Great Saturday

Saturday a week ago was a great day from morning until evening. In the morning I collected food for the hungry and in the evening watched a bike ride from a local business.

ABOVE: Quite a bit of food collected in just two hours! This food went to the pantry at The Bridge.

I met many kind and generous strangers that morning. It’s so nice to see people willing to help others in need.

Later I met a friend at The Map Room on the corner of Lemp & Withnell (map). They’d moved the tables and chairs from the patio to the sidewalk so we could watch the World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis roll by.

ABOVE: Spectators outside The Map Room waiting for the World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis to roll by.
ABOVE: Yes, that’s a scantily clad woman on a high bike
ABOVE: Most riders had just enough clothing to cover their privates
ABOVE: Organizers estimated the ride had 1,000 participants.

From the press release after the event:

The ride took place Saturday, July 28, taking a 10 mile loop through St. Louis’ busiest business districts, including South Grand, Cherokee, Soulard, Downtown, and Washington Avenue, Locust Business District, and Grand Center before ending in the Grove. Several businesses along the route took it upon their own to stage watching parties to support the riders. The ride drew crowds of all ages throughout the route cheering and supporting the ride. “Everywhere we went, we were greeted with smiles, laughter, cheers, high-fives, and at times stripping from onlookers who wanted to join in,” Stephanie Co says. “It’s an incredibly fun event, whether you’re riding or watching.”

The clothing-optional bike ride is known for its dress code of “as bare as you dare”; riders came out in a spectrum of dress and undress. The ride functions to protest oil and car dependency, raise awareness of cyclist rights and vulnerability on the road, and advocate positive body image, as well as provide some creative spark and energy into the city.

I put a couple of short clips together to demonstrate the enthusiasm of us spectators:


If you want to know about the 2013 ride visit the website, like the WNBRSTL Facebook page or send an email to [email protected]

— Steve Patterson


World Naked Bike Ride Tonight

July 28, 2012 Bicycling, Events/Meetings, Featured Comments Off on World Naked Bike Ride Tonight

Tonight is the 5th World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis:

This year’s event starts at 6 p.m. at the South Grand Boulevard parking lot and includes body-painting, live music and “costume” contests. The ride, typically 10 miles, starts at 8 p.m. (stltoday.com)

The St. Louis Facebook page is here.

Source: World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis

What’s this all about?

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.”

The dress code motto is “bare as you dare”. Full and partial nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory, on all rides. There is no mandate to cover intimate parts; this is a distinguishing feature of WNBR against other cycling events.

Creative expression is also encouraged to generate a fun and immersive atmosphere during the ride, capture the attention and imagination of the public and media, and make the experience more personalized and fulfilling for the riders. Body art, such as body painting, are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art bikes, portable sound reinforcement systems (such as public address systems, bullhorns and boomboxes) and musical instruments or other types of noisemaker. (Wikipedia)

Of course local laws require participants “cover intimate parts.”

— Steve Patterson


Weekend Events: Saturday Jubilee, Vegetapolooza, & City-Wide Open Studio

July 27, 2012 Events/Meetings, Featured Comments Off on Weekend Events: Saturday Jubilee, Vegetapolooza, & City-Wide Open Studio

Many events taking place this weekend in and around St. Louis, here are  few I want to share with you:

Saturday July 28th — Saturday Jubilee:

More of our neighbors are experiencing something many never thought possible – hunger.

More than 120,000 individuals in our area rely on food pantries, nearly half are children. Many are seeking help for the first time.

Our local food pantries are struggling to keep up with the increased demand. Saturday Jubilee mobilizes local churches, businesses, civic groups and individuals to participate in a large scale food drive to end hunger.

On Saturday, July 30th more than 1000 volunteers organized into 88 teams will position themselves outside area grocery stores encouraging shoppers to donate non-perishable items. The donated food will be delivered to the Operation Food Search warehouses for distribution to our local food pantries.

Like last year, I’ll be at Culinaria (315 N. 9th Street) for the 9am-11am shift collecting food items to help those in need. Stop by to say hello and to drop a few items into the donation cart.

Saturday July 28th —  Vegetapolooza

On Saturday, July 28 from 9 am to Noon, the North City Farmers’ Market will host Vegetapalooza, a celebration of local produce and healthy habits in the community. Activities will include a salsa-making contest, a strangest vegetable contest, a pie walk, sustainability demos by Gateway Greening, face-painting, and local produce, meats, cheeses, and artisan vendors.

For more info click here.


Saturday & Sunday July 28th-29th — City-Wide Open Studio:

Join us for all of the events at CAM and map out your City-Wide Open Studios itinerary, or take a guided tour. Studios located south of I-44 will be open on Saturday, July 28  (includes Cherokee Street, Tower Grove, The Hill, Soulard, Southampton, Bevo Mill, Southwest Garden, Carondelet, Compton Heights, Benton Park, Fox Park, and McKinley Heights). Studios located north of I-44 will be open on Sunday, July 29  (includes Grand Center, Central West End, Downtown, Old North St. Louis, Lafayette Square, Midtown, Fountain Park, Dogtown, University City, Wydown/Skinker, and Maplewood). (see camstl.org/cwos for more info)

Meet local artists, visit their studios. This is a great annual event where you get to see creative spaces and meet those who work in them.

Have a great weekend!

— Steve Patterson



Have A Great Memorial Day

May 28, 2012 Events/Meetings, Featured Comments Off on Have A Great Memorial Day
ABOVE: The Court of Honor in the foreground with the Soldiers Memorial in the background

Today is Memorial Day:

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. (Wikipedia)

Have a great day!


Steve Patterson


Grouphug St. Louis 2011 Was A Blast, 2012 Should Be Too

May 12, 2012 Events/Meetings, Featured Comments Off on Grouphug St. Louis 2011 Was A Blast, 2012 Should Be Too

One of the funnest events I participated in last year was Grouphug St. Louis:

Same as last year: we are asking you and your friends to scour the city for your favorite people, places, and objects—ones that define our city and/or help to explain why you love St. Louis—and HUG these subjects for the camera. Get a friend to snap a photograph of you with your arms wrapped around your favorite St. Louis building, business, monument, person, etc. On May 26, all participants and friends are invited to attend the Grouphug party to view pics, imbibe, listen to music and express your love for St. Louis.

The creativity on display in the images and energy at the event was electrifying!

ABOVE: A huge crowd at STL-Style watched the slide show, June 2011

The following are the 2011 top three (click to view larger image):

But the name is Grouphug — the organizers would like to see some group images:

We strongly encourage you to get with your neighbors and represent your neighborhood. Whether it’s Fox Park or Ferguson, the Hill or the Ville—we’d love to see you and your neighbors’ take on what represents your neighborhoods (involving hugs of course!).

Click here for an example of a group Grouphug image. Submission deadline is 5pm Wednesday May 23rd and the big event is Saturday May 26th 7pm-10pm (details).

– Steve Patterson




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