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June 16, 2013

Vintage bicycle exhibit and parade rides into New Albany next weekend

NEW ALBANY —

Some big wheels will roll into town next weekend, as the public is invited to attend the Vintage Bicycle Exhibit and Parade to celebrate New Albany’s rich history and revisit some favorite childhood memories. 

The Vintage Bicycle Exhibit and Parade is a free event and will be held at New Albany’s new Bicentennial Park located at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets. 

Starting at 11:30 a.m., there will be between 50 to 75 vintage bicycles from the years 1870 to 1917 on display in New Albany’s Bicentennial Park. The bicycle exhibit is being presented by members of The Wheelmen, which is a national organization dedicated to keeping alive the heritage of American cycling by promoting restoration, exhibiting and riding of these early bicycles. 

Owners of these bicycles will be dressed in period correct clothing for their bike’s time period and will be on hand to explain the history of their bicycles.

At 1:45 p.m., there will be bicycle demonstrations and then the bicycles will line up in chronological order for their parade up Main Street. Riders will make stops at the Scribner House, the Culbertson Mansion and then at approximately 2:30 arrive at Division Street School to exhibit their bicycles and enjoy the ice cream social. Division Street School is located at 1803 Conservative St. in New Albany and the social is from 2 to 4.

New Albany’s Living History Committee and The Wheelmen are sponsoring this vintage bicycle exhibit and parade as a way to bring New Albany’s rich history to life in a fun, educational and enjoyable fashion.

For additional information regarding the Vintage Bicycle Exhibit and Parade or any of the other Living History Committee’s bicentennial events, contact Barbara Zoller at 502-510-1907 or Kathy Kessinger at 812-987-2132; or log onto facebook. com/newalbany200 or email nalhc1813@ gmail.com. For additional information about The Wheelmen, contact Alison Torpey at 502-584-0849 or gogreenlouisville@yahoo.com

 

LIVING HISTORY COMMITTEE 

Other Living History Committee events for the 2013 bicentennial celebration include:

• Saturday, Aug. 10 — Old Fashioned Day in the Park — vintage baseball games played by 1862 rules. Game times 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Location: Binford Park along Graybrook Lane in New Albany

• “Stories Behind the Stones” — Historic Fairview Cemetery Tour – Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28

• Saturday, Nov. 9 — Historic Governor’s Ball — recreating the 1816 ball held in honor of Indiana’s first governor, Jonathan Jennings.

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