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Nancy, the event coordinator for the following new event sent in the following today to go with the flyer below we've been running and we're happy to help be a marketing sponsor....
This Memorial Day Weekend, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 25, 2013 to come to Cashiers, North Carolina and enjoy two wonderful events. The 1st Annual Cashiers Valley Poker Run and Blues Brew & BBQ.
The day will start with registration and check in at 9:00 am and last bike out at 10:30 am. Riders will begin and end their 130 mile loop at The Village Commons (the first and last pit stop) located at the intersections of Hwy 107 & Hwy 64W in Cashiers. Breakfast will be available by Wendy's during registration. This scenic route will take riders along our spectacular mountain roads making 3 other pit stops in Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Highlands before returning to the Village Green. Riders will pick up their playing cards at each of the 5 stops. Upon arriving back in Cashiers, participants will turn in their cards. There will be an award ceremony to acknowledge the winners for the best hand ($500.00 Cash), second best hand ($200.00 Cash) and worst hand ($50.00). Entry Fee for the Poker Run is $20.00/Rider which includes a box lunch sponsored by Subway.
A portion of the Poker Run will benefit Wounded Warriors Project.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the First Annual Blues, Brew & BBQ which will begin at 5 pm. This exciting event will feature live entertainment opening with the amazingly talented Lauren Mitchell Band from Sarasota, Florida, followed by our headliner, the legendary Mac Arnold & a Plate Full O' Blues. Come hungry, food and beverages will be served. Admission to the event is free. Bring chairs and/or blankets. This will be a wonderful way to kick off the 2013 summer season. Please join us for this great event and to help support a great cause!
No coolers permitted. This event will occur Rain or Shine. No Refunds.
To register for the Poker Run, please visit:
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of May 7-14, 2013
Tuesday 66 iso t-storms, Wednesday 73 scattered t-storms, Thursday 79 p-cloudy, Friday 81 m-cloudy, Saturday 77 iso t-storms, Sunday 73 p-cloudy, Monday 67 m-sunny, Tuesday 70 sunny (as per www.intellicast.com on Tuesday 05/07/13)
Rambling Thoughts of Happy Riders
I love the photo at the top of this edition of The Carolina Rider Scene. The model's expression beams of JOY and the way I feel when I get to go riding....especially when I am, as my pen name signifies, fancy free! To have a clear sky and a clear calendar to clear my mind and soul, now, that's something too sweet to beat.
I was introduced to motorcycles later in life than many of you; not even climbing into a saddle at all till I was in my thirties - and that was as a passenger. Truth be told, I'd had little experience with two-wheeled anythings, motorized or not; so I was one of those special cases in the beginner MSF class back in 2004. I did it though and am still celebrating my accomplishment and great fortune now almost 10 years later.
Every time I get to ride I re-connect with that happiness that freedom only gives; a sense of giant grinning GLEE! That's what I see in the photo and I'm betting each and every one of you has had some experience with that joy .. the kind that can only be understood by a motorcycle rider. Sure, there are many shades of joy ... but this one's tinted with delight!
I'd like to thank our PoniPrincess for some extra hard work over the past couple of weeks. She's been meeting and greeting new Sponsors and exploring new destinations and possible rides and putting her most-skilled pen and creative brain to wonderful use! You'll find her online and these pages today, last week and in many weeks to come. We appreciate you, Poni!
I see blue sky out there .......
I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"
The Switzerland Inn is a Great Destination
Bill K shares the following Destinations option ... "For those that want a little fun on the way to their destination ... take the short ride to Little Switzerland. Any time really. But on Fridays, the Switzerland Inn continues its long tradition of having a Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet that is just about unbeatable. But if you can't make that, it's a great place for lunch any day especially on the weekends. Great views. Rowdy bar (well sort of.) Just a cool place. The owner is a enthusiastic rider himself so this place is very "Bike Friendly." He even has Bunkhouse on the property for guys that want to get a cheap place to stay with their bike under cover."
Thanks for sharing, Bill!
Myrtle Beach Options?
Another reader, Bill E. asks for your help ... "We are coming from Boston and plan on going along the coast thru Cape may into De and then back to the shore as quick as possible. But when in MB any suggestions to where we might ride to within 50 mile or so from surfiside off the beaten track but with a place or 2 to stop and wet the whistle on the ride??"
Anyone have Destination Suggestions for Bill?
(outdoor and indoors, MVP's has a cool spot for you to hang out!)
MVP's Raw Bar
I found myself on another biker mission. It is my intention to scope out as many biker hangouts as I can so I can provide you some options as you are traveling the Carolinas this summer. If there will be a bike night coming up I will try to get there pre-event and provide some information. Nothing any worse than heading out to a new place and being surprised by a dirt and gravel parking lot after a rain with port-a-potties, sour attitude servers, and warm beer. No wonder bikers can get fighting mad after a long ride!
Today's destination was MVP's Raw Bar up on the northwest side of Charlotte. I have seen a lot of coverage on their Bike Nites and I was in the mood for a ride. I first went to their website to get a feel for the place. Wow! I got excited just looking at all the photos, line up of bands, and the menu! They listed specials for every day of the week, clear directions to get there, and coupons for free food! This ride was looking good.
I arrived at this awesome looking neighborhood pub in a cute development. Parking was a breeze and there is plenty of it. What blew me away even more was the super friendly staff as I walked in the door. Brittany greeted me and showed me to a great table. She quickly got me a glass of cold Chardonnay and we immediately started talking about bikes like we had been gal-pals forever. This chick is very cool! I got bold in our conversation and asked what was so special about MVP's Raw Bar. I knew that this restaurant had recently re-opened under new management and ownership (as of this past October.) I was already hooked on the cool website but why make the journey, I asked? Brittany laughed and smiled as she said "Cuz I'll make it fun for you!" She said if you want to celebrate a birthday she'll hoot and cheer for you, if you want to score the business deal of the year, she'll make sure the food and drink keep coming, if you want to bring the kids, she'll play with them while you enjoy a drink. I believed her. She has that great personality that can make it all happen.
I also had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Josh, one of the managers of MVP's Raw Bar. What a kind and generous soul! I asked him about the origin of the restaurant and how the name came to be. My assumption and yours may have been also, was MVP stood for Most Valuable Player. He said that was an initial idea behind the 17 TV's in the main dining place and four outside, but the MVP acronym had morphed into Most Valuable Person ... and that would be YOU. Yes, at MVP's Raw Bar you quickly are aware that their greatest goal is to make YOU happy and satisfied. From the moment I walked in I felt like I was their only and most important customer. I even overheard a waitress speaking with two guys at a nearby table. The gentlemen were struggling over what to order (which is easy to do considering the very diverse menu!) The waitress quickly said "What are you in the mood for? I'll just have the kitchen make whatever suits you today." Now that kind of service will make me want to go back again and again.
Josh said the entire staff at MVP's Raw Bar had been working together for many years and they want you to have a good time and enjoy good food. A new menu will be coming out in June and I hear there will be BOGO crab legs and maybe a steam pot! I had the crab dip and LOVED it. It was nice and cheesey and smelled like the crabs just came in from the Calibogue Sound off Hilton Head Island. They also have wings (another Poniprincess favorite,) a good vegetarian selection and several signature appetizers.
Here's where to find them:
10916 Black Dog Ln.
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