With the great weather we have 95 percent of the time, sometimes there are so many things going on it’s really hard to decide which way to head so I just try to hit as many as I can… The month of January wrapped up on a good note with Seminole Harley holding a customer appreciation weekend. On the 28th Bobby Friss rocked the outside stage and riders enjoyed free beer and great food compliments of Wolfy’s Bar & Grill… On the 29th, the well-known Trans-Ams took to the stage to get things rockin’ and riders checked out the new 2017 Harleys… That was just one weekend but it didn’t end there. The following week, on February 4, the Accuzed entertained with free hot dogs, chips and drinks being offered up… Main Street in Daytona Beach hosted a “Songwriters Showcase” on Saturday, February 11. Although it wasn’t actually a bike event, there were plenty of riders there to enjoy the evening. With both ends of the street shut down to vehicular traffic and an admission of $15 per person, local bands had the chance to show their talents. The bands performed along the street and inside the more popular venues like Dirty Harry’s, Froggy’s, Main Street Saloon and Boot Hill… Earlier that day, friends of Marc Shaw gathered at the Golden Horseshoe in Leesburg to support a poker run to help him out financially. Marc was hurt badly last year and suffered a traumatic brain injury which has proven to be permanent. Although Marc is home now he will need care for the rest of his life and the bills are mounting. True to our nature, riders showed up to offer support both emotionally and financially and enjoyed a great afternoon with entertainment provided by Evil Monkey and the Sticks & Bones Band… On the 12th, SCH.O.G.—Seminole County H.O.G.—hosted their 22nd annual Valentine’s Poker Run starting at the VFW in Winter Springs and ending at the Green Parrot in Casselberry. Stops along the way included some of the favorite watering holes in Seminole County: Shay’s Airport Hangar, Rockin’ Rhonda’s and Casselberry’s Patio Bar. And the one and only Bobby Friss was back on the agenda to provide the entertainment for the day… The following week there were two events on the 18th for riders to support, one for Michael Hartman, a local entertainer in the Lake County area where he’s has been performing for over 20 years. Michael was in a motorcycle accident on Christmas Eve that resulted in him losing his leg. Obviously, this has caused him many hardships. The ride started at the Fallen Few clubhouse in Tavares and ended at Gator Harley in Leesburg for the after-ride party… The second event was a party to bid farewell to Donna’s Hideout in downtown St. Cloud. The Hideout has been in the historic St. Cloud Hotel on New York Street for several years but rumor has it there’ll be a new location announced soon… On Sunday, the 19th, the JC Road Dogs held their monthly lunch benefit ride to benefit Chad Dickinson, a 26-year-old cancer survivor. Chad recently had a cancerous lump removed from his head but it had returned and he needed some TLC and some financial help. The riders met at the Whistling Pines Church and rode to Hurricane’s Dockside Grill in Tavares where raffle tickets were sold with the chance to win a beautiful copper cross… That’s about it for me; till next time, ride safe and God bless.


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