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Tour de Chesapeake is this weekend in Mathews

Mathews County along with the Mathews Visitor Center and Mathews Land Conservancy are teaming up to host the 15th annual Tour de Chesapeake (TDC) cycling event on May 17-19. The event will welcome cyclists from around the state and beyond for a weekend of flat scenic cycling, delicious local eats, toe-tapping music, and nice, down-home folks to help with whatever is needed.

The county will welcome cyclists on Friday evening for check-in and registration at Thomas Hunter Middle School. Walt Stillman will perform, TDC merchandise will be on sale, the Mathews Visitor Center will remain open late, and the film, “180 Degrees South,” will be presented by the Mathews Film Society on the 3rd floor of the Halcyon Building at 7 p.m.

The supported ride will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., which includes route signage, SAG (safety vehicles), fully-stocked rest stops, and bike repair services by Bike Beat of Newport News.

There are four concise routes throughout the county, each starting at Thomas Hunter Middle School (THMS), the event headquarters. The routes take cyclists to Mobjack, Gwynn’s Island, Bethel Beach and New Point Lighthouse and total over 80 miles.

Also on Saturday, Chesapeake Board Sports will be offering demos, lessons and rentals of their Stand-up Paddle Boards at Williams Wharf from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

On Saturday evening, a Party at the Wharf and Seafood Feast will be held at Williams Wharf Landing from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Food vendors will be on site, including fresh seafood, sausages and sliders by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. The Mathews Rotary Club will provide a cash bar and entertainment will be offered by “Lynda Smith and Groove Tide,” a 10-piece dance band from Yorktown.

Also available that weekend is the 2nd annual Made in Mathews “Art deTour,” a spring version of the very popular Open Studio Tour in the fall. Nine local artists will open their studio doors from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday to showcase their special art treasures. Brochures are available at the Mathews Visitor Center and Bay School of the Arts. All are welcome.

posted 05.15.2013

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