CT Folk

New Haven, you rock!
April 18, 2010, 6:16 pm
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We’re not the hosts of the great Rock to Rock bike ride on Saturday, April 24, but some of us at CT Folk are going, and we really want to urge you to come along.  Rock to Rock 2010 is a  bike ride, a celebration of cycling, a way to show support for our beautiful city,  and a transformation of community spirit into a party.

What’s it all about?

You — and a couple of hundred other cyclists —  start out at Common Ground High school and make your way across New Haven to East Rock. Along the way, you’ll eat tasty food, hear great music, explore Edgewood and Beaver Ponds Parks, and ride the Farmington Canal Trail and official city bike lanes. Think you’re hardcore? There are optional rides to the top of East Rock and West Rock at both ends.

And of course there will be excellent swag: if you register in advance, you’ll walk away with a fancy t-shirt, a water bottle … and you could win a new bike or 5 Jack Johnson tickets in the raffle.

Some of us from CT Folk will be there, too.  Swing by the CT Folk table and you could be one of the first people to find out the amazing line-up of musicians we’re bringing to the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo on Sept. 10-12. We’re really excited about the world-class  artists we’ve booked to play at Edgerton Park. Find out ahead of everyone else by chatting us up at Rock to Rock!

And don’t forget to ask us about signing up for the next great eco-bike tour in New Haven — our swiftly-becoming-legendary Tour des Farms. This year the Tour is on Sat., July 31. On that ride you’ll visit local farms and listen to home-grown musicians at each stop on the way (so, yeah, our bike ride rocks too!).

One last remark from Maggie of Rock to Rock:

We hope that you’ll visit www.rocktorock.org today, join our rock band again this year.  Families and college students, 20-something hipsters and teenagers, young and old, serious riders and weekend warriors will all be welcomed.  Email Maggie@solaryouth.com with any questions!


Next weekend! Tour des Farms debuts at CT Folk Festival & Green Expo

CTFOLK_bikeLogo_smallThe 2009 Tour des Farms is coming to New Haven next weekend, on Saturday Sept. 12. It’s an easy-going cycling event under the umbrella of the CT Folk Festival & Green Expo that combines cycling with local music and locally-grown produce.

Locavore! Loca-cycle! Loca-music!

The Tour des Farms begins at Edgerton Park, New Haven, on the morning of Saturday, September 12 (8 a.m.) and takes you on a leisurely bicycle ride to local farms, greenhouses, orchards, and other agricultural treasures in the region. At each stop along the road a “home-grown” musician from Connecticut will perform.

Two routes are offered: a flat 25-mile “family friendly” ride headed up by Tour leader Aaron Goode, and a more challenging self-led 35-mile ride for the avid cyclist. Both routes begin and end at Edgerton Park, New Haven (between Whitney Avenue and Edgehill Rd., on the New Haven/Hamden town lines).

The Tour des Farms will conclude at the Green Expo in Edgerton Park, which goes from noon to 4 pm that day. Stay for the evening to hear our main stage concert that night with Amos Lee — pre-registered Tour participants get a special discount off of tickets for the main stage concert.

Get more details about the ride, and the rest of the CT Folk Festival & Green Expo, at http://www.ctfolk.com/ctff/tour.html.

A single adult rider is $35 — special prices are offered to family groups and students. Pre-registered riders receive an event t-shirt, a goodie bag, a $5.00 in “farm bucks” to spend at the Green Expo, and a 20% discount on the evening’s main stage concert.

All the proceeds of the event will go to CT Folk’s family and educational programming. If you have questions… you can reach the tour leader, Aaron Goode, at aaron.goode@gmail.com or send your question to info@ctfolk.com

The 2009 Tour des Farms is coming!
August 7, 2009, 1:31 pm
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CTFOLK_bikeLogo_smallOnline registration is now open for the 2009 Tour des Farms. The Tour is an exciting new event during our CT Folk Festival & Green Expo. (Thank you, East Coast Greenway Alliance and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism!)

The Tour des Farms begins at Edgerton Park  (on Whitney Ave., on the New Haven/Hamden line) on the morning of Saturday, September 12. Participants will take a  leisurely bicycle ride to local farms, greenhouses, orchards, and other agricultural treasures in the region. At each stop along the road there will be a “home grown” musician from Connecticut.

Two routes are offered: a flat 25-mile “family friendly” ride that will be led by Aaron Goode, our bike leader, and a more challenging self-led 35-mile ride for the avid cyclist.

The Tour des Farms will conclude at the Green Expo in Edgerton Park with enough time for the entire family to enjoy Saturday’s  programs and activities.

All Tour des Farms registrants receive a major discount on tickets for the 2009 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo! Receive your discount code when you register for the 2009 Tour des Farms!

Here’s the website  where you’ll see all the details: http://ctfolk.com/ctff/tour.html

–Anne K

The Tour de Farms — you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong
June 20, 2009, 2:01 pm
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farm bikeThe CT Folk Festival and Green Expo (Sept. 11-13, 2009) is going to have some new features this year. We’re not dropping any of the traditions that people love — like the mainstage concert at Edgerton Park on Saturday night, free Green Expo during the day on Saturday, the cult-favorite Grassy Hill Song Circle on Friday night — but yes, we’re adding more.

One of the events we’re including this year is a bicycling event called the Tour de Farms on Saturday morning, Sept. 12. The big picture is this: you’ll cycle a loop from Edgerton Park, New Haven, to several local farms, stock up on yummy local produce, and come back to Edgerton Park for the rest of the Green Expo on Saturday.

We  haven’t worked all the little details yet — like, we’re hoping to get volunteers to transport all the fruit and veggies you might buy back to Edgerton Park, so you don’t have to load down your backpack with eggplants and tomatoes.

But we know for sure that there will be local musicians playing at the farms along the way, local farmers will showcase their local food, and the bike loop will be a manageable distance that will only take up the morning. And it will all take place on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12.

Here’s another thing I know for sure:  the Tour de Farms will be even more successful if local bicyclists get involved early on to help organize it and recruit cyclists. If you’d like to help us plan the event or help out on the day of, send Alice-Anne, our Festival director, an email telling her you’re interested.

More details as we — and you — get them settled, both here and on our newly revamped CTFolk website.

–Anne K