So when we committed to the idea of bringing a "Tweed Ride" to the Quad-Cities, a couple of things were real important to us. First, we didn't want it to be just another "bar ride". While there is a certain amount of lubrication that might go on with an event of this caliber, we want it to be an event that the entire family can enjoy. The second was, we wanted a destination that was both unique and iconic to the area. To that end, whilst riding through Credit Island Park one lovely spring day, we happened on the Seurat Statue Garden. Upon further investigation, the legend goes that the original figures were carved from an oak tree that was felled during a storm. They date back to 1998 and were one of nine Riverway art projects around the Quad-Cities area. They are inspired by the Georges Seurat painting “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” They briefly came to life back in 2016 when local author and historian Chuck Oestrich's play “Sunday in the Park Alive” was performed live at the park with the statues representing local characters from daily life at the dawn of the 20th century. In a bygone era, "Suburban Island" was a privately owned recreational area where families would gather and celebrate their leisure.
These days, Credit Island is a community park under the jurisdiction of Davenport Parks and Recreation but the Statue Garden is privately funded and funds raised on behalf of the "Tweed Ride" are presented to River Action to help with maintenance and repair.
Etiquette Guide - From The Original London Tweed Run
“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.” Henry David Thoreau.
Now look here, proper attire is expected. The term "overdressed" does not exist in our vocabulary. Tweed suits, plus fours, bowties, and jaunty flat caps are all encouraged.
Do your best for the highly-prized Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman prizes. Suggested attire: woollen plus fours, harris tweed jackets, fair isle jumpers, alpaca coats, merino wool team jerseys; cycling skirts and perhaps a sporty cycling cape for the ladies, cravats or ties for gentlemen, and a sneaky hip flask of sustenance for afterwards. A small tip: we have found bowler hats a spot more aerodynamic than top hats.
We do our best to avoid inclement weather, but our Fair Isles can sometimes throw a horror in our faces. A full-sized umbrella is difficult on a bicycle, but a sturdy macintosh or cape might not go amiss.
Dust off your vintage velocipede for the ride; prizes awarded for Best Vintage Bicycle. If your bike isn’t quite a classic, try your hand at the Best Decorated Bicycle competition. And of course don’t forget our world-famous Best Moustache prize – open to both men and women, of course.
We stop for a spot of tea along route. Pinky up or pinky down, with milk or with lemon, these are choices each one of us must make for themselves. But the main thing is to not rush one's self. Afternoon tea is one of life's great luxuries.
Of course dining al fresco is an art all of its own, and we encourage you to pack a beautiful picnic basket for our Picnic Break. Dispense with the good silver, but do remember to pop a colourful blanket in the basket!