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July Newsletter

From: Jason
Sent on: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:53 PM

Hello Pine Point!

We have a new Board for the[masked] club year and ski season. Yes, we are already thinking about skiing, though summer has barely started – by the calendar at least.


First, a big thank you to last year’s Board for putting together some great trips and activities. Thanks to:

Janet Butterfield – President

Scott Altman - Treasurer

Amylee Bedell – Western Trips

Jason Claycomb – Midwestern Trips

Pete Jablokow – Newsletter / Website / Publicity

Julie Pudlo – Membership


We have a smaller Board for this coming year, so are really hoping to get some help from all of you. More on that in a minute – first here is the Board for[masked]:

Jason Claycomb – President

Dukes – Trips

Jie Yao – Treasurer



Where can we use some help you ask? Well, we are looking for people with a passion for something – something you would like to share with your friends and other snow riders. We have a bunch of summer activities planned, but are looking for ideas for activities and people who will take the lead on organizing an activity.


So, here’s what we have planned so far:



Come our and hear some great music at the best outdoor, public, free venue in the U.S. All events are BYOB with shared munchies – please bring something fun along.

  • July 16 (Monday) – Abigail Washburn brings her unique combination of folk and traditional Chinese music to the stage. While I am not normally a huge fan of folk type music, Abigail blends together something special. She has served as a cultural ambassador to China where her music is critically acclaimed – partly due to her masterly of Mandarin.
    • o Jason is coordinating this event.
    • o Meet Jason near the front edge of the lawn.
    • o Bela Fleck, her husband, often joins her on stage.
    • o If we get really lucky, we may have a chance to meet her before or after the concert. I know her uncle really well.
    • July 21 – Join Jie Saturday night for and evening of Rossini. Christopher Bell leads the orchestra and chorus in Rossini's solemn, late work and British composer Kenneth Leighton's hymn about the quest for truth and unity. We will enjoy the Stabat Mater, the William Tell Overture (not to be confused with the Lone Ranger theme song ;-) and Leighton’s Hymn to Matter

o Jie is coordinating this event.

o Meet Jie near the front edge of the lawn for an evening of great music!





September 8 – Oopa!

Enjoy the end of summer with a great roof-top view of the Chicago skyline.

Methzethes are small plates (like tapas). Pegasus has an extensive selection of hot & cold plates ranging from the famous saganaki to gyros and salads.

If you have never tried this style of Greek - you are in for a treat!


Thanks to Andrea for the idea and help coordinating.

Contact Jason to RSVP or RSVP on Meetup.

Sk8r_sk8r at


Renaissance Faire

July 7 – Bristol Renaissance Faire – Opening Day!

Let’s join knights, fairies, pirates, beggars and common folk on a trip back to the 1600s to visit Queen Elizabeth, and watch jousting, sword fights, Robin Hood steal from the rich, eat turkey legs, drink ale, shop for glorious and useless trinkets.

    • See if you can hit a target with a bow, crossbow, knife, axe, or the exotic shirkin.
    • Get lessons in medieval medicine, weapons, court life & dance.
    • Be entertained by jugglers, musicians, acrobats, and your friends in their costumes.
    • Wear a costume – any costume! I have seen very accurate period clothing, storm troopers, pirates, wizards, elves, fairies, demons, angels, and crusaders.
    • Discounted tickets are on-line, in the newspaper and other promo fliers.

We will meet outside the gates at 9:45 for the grand opening.

We will meet again at 1:00 at the Maypole.



Join Jason for mountain biking at Palos Forest Preserve on the following dates. There will be a mixture of beginner / intermediate and intermediate / expert rides. Check the schedule closely. If you show up for the wrong one, we will help point you to something appropriate, but will not lead multiple groups out unless we get some other ride leaders.

    • All rides start from the Wolf Road Woods parking lot. Take Wolf Road south of 95th Street to the last parking lot on the right. I have a white Toyota Prius with a bike rack on top.
    • Helmets and waiver are required for all rides.
    • Chip in to cover the cost of food & beverages or bring your own.
    • Post ride recovery typically at Irish Legends.


7/4 – Expert ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

We are going to ride some of the new and revamped trails at Palos.

  • 3 Ravines has been rebuilt with some awesome whoop-di-doos where you can catch air after dropping 30 feet straight down (believe it on not the air is on the uphill)
  • XX has been extended with some super technical stone paths and drop-offs that look scary and fantastic. I haven’t ridden it yet, so can’t speak from experience, but the photos from a friend are pretty awesome. We will do the full length of XX both directions – AFTER doing 3 Ravines, then going up Gravity Cavity.
  • Post ride recovery BBQ & beers at my apartment in Hinsdale – believe me, they will be in order!
  • Fireworks and band at the Clarendon Hills for any who want to make a full day of it.
  • If you want, bring a towel and change of clothes and you can shower at my place. Location to be given out to participants.
  • Oh – body armor suggested (by a friend who has ridden the XX extension this week).


7/14 – Beginner / Intermediate Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

We will start of on the groomed – oops, I mean crushed limestone and head over to Grassy Hill for a drop down and around the reservoir. This is a great ride to figure out if you like riding the dirt trails without hitting and extreme terrain. There will be some small drops over roots and some single track for the beginner. About 11:00 or 11:15, we will hit a couple more technical trails if people are up for it.


7/29 – Beginner / Intermediate Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

8/12 – Intermediate / Advanced Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

8/26 – Intermediate / Advanced Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

9/8 – Intermediate / Advanced Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods

9/23 – Intermediate / Advanced Ride – 10:30am – Wolf Road Woods




August 17 – 19

Camping at Benson’s Campground near Dundee, Wisconsin. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Chicago. If you are not a camper, there are B&B’s in the area (but you can’t build a campfire in your room!). If you stay at a Bed & Breakfast, please let me know so we make sure we have enough food and spots at the Fin & Feather or Saturday dinner.


The cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members (which includes a summer membership). Payments may be made via PayPal or sent to Jason or Jie.


We will have maps and trip sheets for 35-, 55-, and 75-mile routes for the Saturday biking and/or SKATING (Just follow Don or me) for the smoothest pavement.


You can do it all again on Sunday if you have any energy left over! Some folks just hang out at the campsite, go for a hike on marked trails at Kettle Moraine State Forest, or bike (or even drive) the few miles to the other side of Long Lake, where there is a very nice beach. There are also a couple good mountain bike trail systems nearby.


Most people show up at the campground before dark Friday evening, because it’s just easier to put up a tent when you can see what you’re doing. The campsite is relatively isolated from civilization, but the bathrooms and hot showers are just a short walk down the hill. If the bike ride isn’t enough for you, the campground has a volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and a small beach on Long Lake. Most of us just relax on the wooded hilltop around the fire pit, enjoying conversation and favorite beverages.


  • What’s provided in the price?
  • Camping space in a private area for Pine Point
  • Firewood & some evening munchies
  • Breakfast of cereal & bagels with hot coffee.
  • Route maps
  • Great company!


What do you need to bring?

  • A tent & relevant camping equipment.
  • A great attitude & fun spirit.
  • Rain gear (for Friday night).
  • It has never rained Saturday morning while people are riding!
  • My apologies to Tony & Don for this statement, but if we had started out about 9am instead of discussing the weather for 2 hours last year, we wouldn’t have been caught in the torrential downpour on our return.
  • Kudos to Don & Jason for completing 37 miles on skates as 2 of the 3 participants – and thanks to Tony for slowing down and putting up with us!
  • Your own beverages.
  • Some $$ for dinner Friday & Saturday.
  • A bike or skates.
  • Quarters for the shower.



  • Dinner Nights
  • Cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Fall hiking & biking trip in Wisconsin
  • Season kick-off party
  • Wine tasting


Where do you find more details about all of these activities?

  1. Meetup
  3. This newsletter


Schedule Summary – by date:



7/4 Wednesday – Mountain Biking @ Palos + bonus BBQ & fireworks in the Hinsdale area

7/7 Saturday – Renaissance Faire

7/14 Saturday – MTB – Beginner / Intermediate at Palos

7/16 Monday – Abigail Washburn @ Millennium Park

7/19 Thursday – Club meeting at O’Donovans

7/21 Saturday – Rossini @ Millennium Park

7/29 Sunday – MTB – Beginner / Intermediate at Palos



8/12 Sunday – MTB – Intermediate / Advanced Ride

8/16 Thursday – Club meeting at O’Donovans

8/17 – 19 Kettle McBlain – the One – the Only!

8/26 Sunday – MTB – Intermediate / Advanced Ride



9/8 Saturday – MTB – Intermediate / Advanced Ride

9/8 Saturday – Cocktails & methzethes (tapas) at Pegasus

9/23 Sunday – MTB – Intermediate / Advanced Ride



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