The New England Builders’ Ball is a party celebrating small frame builders of New England and exhibiting their work.
Come to Providence on Friday, October 3, 2014, to see the work of some of the world’s best bicycle makers at the Roger Williams Park Botanic Center, in Providence, Rhode Island’s beautiful & historic Roger Williams Park. Admission is just a $5 suggested donation, and the event runs from 7 to 11 pm with live music, cash bar, and some fun surprises. Stay in town over the weekend to check out world-class bike racing at the Providence Cyclocross Festival and great deals on bikes and bike paraphernalia at a huge bike swap (at the race site) all day Saturday and Sunday.
The northeastern U.S. has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Pierre Lallement, considered the father of the bicycle, worked in Connecticut and Boston. The North American bike industry started with Colonel Pope’s factory in Hartford in the 1870s. Aegis Bicycles (of Maine) in 1986 became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames, and in 1987 Merlin Metalworks was founded, a pioneer in titanium frame fabrication. The Northeast continues to lead in quality bespoke bicycle building, with many brands known far and wide. The only event in New England to see the work of these builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders Ball.
Admission: free with suggested donation.
Formal wear not required!
As always, this event is a fundraiser for the East Coast Greenway Alliance.