We truly appreciate all of the work volunteers do for us and with us at OCBC. Did you know that so far this year, OCBC volunteers have racked up over 4,900 volunteer hours? Your service and support is awesome and helps us do what we do in the shop as well as in the community.
To show our appreciation, and to get a chance to get together outside of the shop, we are planning a bike ride for OCBC staff, volunteers, and friends and family! We really hope you can join us. If you can make it, please sign-up on our web page here. The event is free, we just want to get a grasp on how many people we'll be expecting for ride groups and food planning purposes.
When: Sunday, 7/31, Meet at OCBC at 1pm, ride leaves at 2pm. We plan to be back around 6, though you're welcome to stick around the park as long as you like.
Ride Route: Ride to the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, through the towpath to the picnic area at CanalWay Center, about a 7 mile ride. We'll return to OCBC from there, making it about a 15 mile ride in total.
Two route options: 1) Road route: This route will stay on roads and paved Towpath trails. 2) Mountain bike route: Off-road option, bring your mountain (or gravel) bike.
Event Details: We'll all ride together to the picnic area, which is right off the CanalWay mountain bike trail. We'll make a light dinner meal (which Dave S. will demo cooking on his very simple, bike-transportable camp stove).Feel free to bring a dish to share or any beverages you would like (but alcohol is not allowed in the park). There will be access to drinking fountains at the picnic area and restrooms nearby.
OCBC will be closed Tuesday, July 19th all day for both retail shoppers
and volunteers and we will be closed Wednesday, July 20th to all retail
shoppers. Volunteers may still come in on Wednesday evening during
normal open hours from 5:00-9:00pm. We will still be having volunteer
orientation Wednesday evening at 7:00pm for those interested in getting
involved with our volunteer program. Thank you for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Since there were many folks interested in this ride but unable to attend in July, we will revisit Underground railroad sites in another special Social Ride on Saturday August 13th -- to coincide with Canalway Partner's Feast to the Beat party at Hart Crane Park, right outside our back door.
The route will focus on areas of historical importance related to the underground railroad in the 19th century, with narration by Deltrece Daniels and Station Hope board member Kevin Cronin. Meet at the Co-op after 10:00am, ride departs promptly at 10:20, and returns at noon. If you would like a loaner bike for the ride please let us know by Friday Aug. 12th.