Glenwood Hall members are putting the Pedal to the Metal in their quest to its finish renovations.
People attending the two events June 20 can ride their bicycles and get a ride back. They can also register at C.O.B. Bike Shop or McBike & Sport to collect pledges that are going to literally cap off renovations with a new roof.
“The contractor did a lot of work on insulation under the roof, so if we don’t replace it, it could spoil the whole work. We have to do that as soon as we can,” said Francois Depey, one of the directors for the hall in Driftwood.
“The hall will be busy for the whole summer with weddings and a whole bunch of family reunions, so in September we will be seeking a professional and a group of volunteers to build a roof in a weekend or two.”
To celebrate the hall’s 64th anniversary and the renovation work done so far, the day will start off with a Raspberry Tea from 1-4 p.m.
“We’ll provide free beverages for people who ride their bikes, and there will be draws on top of that,” said Depey.
Then there will be a solstice dance to celebrate the longest day of the year. Doors open for Dance ‘n Roof while the sun is still shining bright at 9 p.m.
Mark Perry — also a hall director — and Northwest are providing the music for the evening.
Anyone who likes to party with a splash of alcohol can throw their bike in a trailer loaned by C.O.B. and get a ride home. Bike racks are available for the cyclists.
Shuttles will be provided throughout the evening according to Depey.
“It’s to promote bike culture and have a fundraiser … if they want to dance and not ride their bike, that’s fine too,” said Depey.
There were three phases prior to the current renovation:
Washrooms were stripped to the studs and re-developed. The major donor was the Bulk;ey Valley Credit Union. The hall was awarded BVCU’s $17,500 anniversary grant. A local doctor also donated $5,000 to this phase of the project.
Well redevelopment was supported by small donation from many sources.
upgrading the parking lot, improving access to the wheelchair ramp and front door, and lining the edge of the planted area. For this, Glenwood benefited from the Department of Highways program that selects a project in a different community each year to receive their Project of the Year program.