Celebrate RAGBRAI at State Historical Museum’s “Pedalpalooza” July 23

The Nadas, Decoy, David Zollo among musicians to perform
Tours of new exhibition, “Riding Through History”
Food and beverages from Baratta’s Catering


For Immediate Release: July 16, 2013
Contact: Jeff Morgan, 515-281-3858


DES MOINES –The State Historical Museum of Iowa will welcome the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) riders and the community as they celebrate the spirit of RAGBRAI with live music, food, beverages and activities during “Pedalpalooza” on Tuesday, July 23.

“Now in its 41st year, RAGBRAI has become a cultural and historical event that captures the imagination of the entire state of Iowa,” said Susan Kloewer, director of the State Historical Museum of Iowa. “We are welcoming riders and all Iowans to Pedalpalooza at the State Historical Museum, where they can enjoy live entertainment, concerts, food and activities as well as experience Iowa cycling history in the new exhibit, Riding Through History, which opens July 19th.”

Pedalpalooza is on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.ridingthroughhistory.com for more information. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Baratta’s Catering. Exclusive to the State Historical Museum, visitors can purchase a Riding Through History 16-oz collector cup for only $5; includes one free beer or soft drink and $2 refills until 5 p.m.

This event is not limited to RAGBRAI riders. This is an ideal event for the community, families, young adults, and vacationers to take a day to come and find out what the ride is all about. Visitors can explore the Iowa State Capitol and Historic East Village businesses that are welcoming visitors for shopping and dining.

Live Music & Activities
The Pedalpalooza Grand Terrace Stage will feature live music concerts by Decoy at 11 a.m. and The Nadas at 2 p.m. The Grand Terrace is a rooftop stage with the State Capitol as the backdrop.

Pedalpalooza will also feature Chad Elliott with Bonita Crow, Andy Fleming and David Zollo who will perform live at various times from the E. 6th & Locust Stage facing the Historic East Village.

• Tours of Riding Through History, the Museum’s newest exhibit showcasing the cycling experience in Iowa, including a bicycle from 1869 owned by Wesley Redhead, one of the first ridden in the state, and highlights from RAGBRAI, one of Iowa’s iconic traditions and largest cultural events.
• In addition, Museum activities will include a Museum Scavenger Hunt, My Own RAGBRAI route, Pedalpalooza Poetry and Bicycle Art Make and Take activities. Music will be played throughout the day by Dan Kelley DJ Service.
• Iowa Department of Transportation Informational Booth and Interactives will provide visitors with bike and helmet safety information, state trail maps AND a new web-based bike trail mapping tool.
• Tiny Circus is a collaborative community art project that will use stop motion animation to create and tell the story of RAGBRAI. Participants are needed to help capture images, create human animations, and provide audio interviews for the project. Visit the Tiny Circus Airstream trailer to learn more! The project is produced in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Click here for preview.
• PedalArt Des Moines Bicycle Poster Show is a bicycle-themed poster show that features original artwork by nearly 30 local and regional artists. The show features a unique array of posters that express the love of cycling through art. All artwork is available for purchase at $30 each.
• Public Space One artists will allow you to try your hand at printmaking to create your own bike-themed “Franken-print”!
• Café Baratta’s and Baratta’s concessions will be serving and selling delicious Italian food including the famous Italian Grinder, Pollo Penne, Italian Nachos and much more! Pick up a collector’s cup for beer and soda specials.
• Riders can relax, too, while watching special programming in the cool air-conditioned auditorium and enjoying chair massages from East Village Spa.
• Free and secure Bicycle Valet Parking provided by Des Moines Bicycle Collective.

“Pedalpalooza” event partners are Register Media, RAGBRAI©, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Historical Foundation, Des Moines Bicycle Collective, Dan Kelley DJ Service, FastSigns, Baratta’s, East Village Spa, The Nadas and Decoy.

Admission to the State Historical Museum and the “Pedalpalooza” celebration is free.

Below is the full schedule of “Pedalpalooza” activities:
www.ridingthroughhistory.com
All Day / 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tours of Riding Through History exhibit – 2nd Floor

Explore the history of cycling in Iowa when the State Historical Museum of Iowa opens its newest exhibition, Riding Through History, July 19, 2013. The 3,000-square-foot exhibition showcases artifacts, stories, photos and videos that reflect the cycling experience in Iowa, including a bicycle from 1869 owned by Wesley Redhead, one of the first ridden in the state. The exhibition also highlights RAGBRAI as one of Iowa’s iconic traditions, largest cultural events and economic drivers. Tens of thousands of Iowans are connected to this topic through their participation as a RAGBRAI rider, resident of a town on the RAGBRAI route or simply being a cyclist who enjoys Iowa’s trails.

Iowa Department of Transportation Informational Booth and Interactives – 1st Floor
Iowa Department of Transportation will be at the State Historical Museum providing visitors with bike and helmet safety information and state trail maps. Visitors will also be able to interact with a new web-based bike trail mapping tool.

Tiny Circus – 1st Floor
Join Tiny Circus of Grinnell in a collaborative community art project that will use stop motion animation to create and tell the story of RAGBRAI. Participants are needed to help capture images, create human animations, and provide audio interviews for the project. Visit the Tiny Circus Airstream trailer to learn more! The project is produced in partnership with the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

PedalArt Des Moines Bicycle Poster Show – 1st Floor
The PedalArt Poster Show is a bicycle-themed poster show that features original artwork by nearly 30 local and regional artists. The show features a unique array of posters that express the love of cycling through art. All artwork is available for purchase at $30 each.

Public Space One – 1st Floor
Join artists from Public Space ONE’s Zenzic Press to try your hand at printmaking! Print your own bike-themed “Franken-print”! Pick from linocuts designed by Zenzic Press artists and use their mobile etching press to make your own unique Museum Pedalpalooza print souvenir. Or check out an alternate way to print, with the relief-printing ramp, a bike-driven printing-jig. A Zenzic original, this ramp allows the pressure of the pedal to produce a print. Find the relief-printing ramp outside, weather permitting.

Café Baratta’s and Baratta’s concessions open – 1st Floor and Grand Terrace
Delicious Italian food will be sold on the Grand Terrace and in the Atrium for our Pedalpalooza visitors. Items include the famous Italian Grinder, Pollo Penne, Italian Nachos and much more!

Museum Activities – Heritage Classrooms A/B – 1st Floor*
• Museum Scavenger Hunt
• My Own RAGBRAI route
• Pedalpalooza Poetry
• Bicycle Art Make and Take activities
*While supplies last

10 a.m.
Dan Kelley DJ Service – Atrium

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Live performance on the E. 6th & Locust Stage – Chad Elliott with Bonita Crowe

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pedalpalooza Concert – Grand Terrace – Decoy

Noon – 1 p.m.
Live performance on the E. 6th & Locust Stage – Andy Fleming

Noon – 3 p.m.
Chair massages provided by East Village Spa – 1st Floor
Sit down and relax! Your body could use a break after pedaling from town to town. Chair massages will be provided by East Village Spa and start at $15.00.

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Live performance on the E. 6th & Locust Stage – David Zollo

2 – 4:30 p.m.
Pedalpalooza Concert – Grand Terrace – The Nadas


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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.

 

 

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