Square Lake Film and Music Festival Ride Recap

Cycles for Change collaborated with the Hub Bike Co-op and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota to lead a group of 50 riders from Minneapolis and St. Paul to the 2018 Square Lake Film and Music Festival on August 11 near Stillwater, MN.

 Andrew, C4C Open Shop Minneapolis Coordinator and Retail Mechanic, helped lead the ride with Will S. from C4C, Will W. from Bike MN, and Lisa from the Hub.

 “Highlights for me along the route were chatting with riders and seeing animals and nature as we pedaled away from the ‘big city.’ Once there, we enjoyed various musical acts, short films, and visual art. The organizing principal of this event seems to be the opportunity to experience music, film, and art by established and emerging creators, and to share a meandering stream of beautiful and unexpected moments with all that attend. The festival is kid friendly, for sure. A few meteors were spotted Saturday night. Sunday I decided to ride North to the Franconia Sculpture Park, a destination I highly recommend.” – Andrew

Will, C4C Minneapolis Retail Mechanic, went on the ride to the festival, as well–and it was his first time attending!

“This was my first time riding out to the Square Lake Festival, as well as my first ride with such a large group. It was a nice, pleasant ride through the Twin Cities to the Gateway Trail. Once we got on the trail it was nice and shady, just surrounded by nature and every beautiful shade of green. Riding to the festival was half the fun. All the music that day was great and the short films were very thought provoking. I particularly liked “Saul’s 108th Story.” The story’s key phrase, “don’t worry about it,” is now stuck in my mind. I ended the night with light-up frisbee and more music. The night sky out there was just amazing. I am very glad I went, and give a big thank you to everyone that helped out with the ride and to the festival organizers!” – Will

 Thanks to the Square Lake Festival organizers and funders, the Hub Bike Co-op, and the Bicycle Alliance of MN for the opportunity to be part of this event. We look forward to next year’s ride and festival already!