On a beautiful day along the Centennial Trail in Snohomish, you can expect to find joggers, Lycra-clad cyclists, dog walkers and the occasional horse grazing in a nearby pasture. But recently a group of merry-makers donned their dandiest Edwardian tweed outfits and mounted their antique bicycles for a jaunt through the countryside in search of afternoon tea.
It was sight to behold.
“Today is the 3rd Annual Snohomish Tweed Ride” said Debbie Carlson-Gould from Historic Downtown Snohomish.
“We invite people to come out and dress up in vintage clothing, very fine clothing, bring their vintage bikes if they have them, bring a picnic in a basket, we provide tea and scones and once they finish their repast they can recreate with badminton or croquet.” Debbie said.
The Snohomish Tweed Ride was put together in response to other tweed rides around Washington State and the globe. The first of these most civilized events was in London back in 2009, now they’re a global phenomenon. With rides in New York, Tokyo and Italy.
Debbie says the event’s small entry fee provides the tea and scones for riders and helps to keep Historic Downtown Snohomish beautiful and fun. Riders we spoke to said they were having a grand ol’ time.
“Well, I’m out here taking part in the Snohomish Tweed Ride.” Max Belle said. “It started downtown and ended out here at Machias park. About a 6 mile ride and it was a beautiful ride, sunny day, cool enough for our tweed.”
Max and his wife Jayme took to badminton after tea. Max in a dashing Hugo Boss wool sport coat (rescued from a thrift store) and Jayme in a striking red knit cap and skirt. The fashion and lawn games are taken very seriously here.
“The badminton was awesome except for the sun being in our eyes.” Max said. “it was unfair.”
“Nahhh, I don’t think so.” Jayme chimed in, “We just made sure we didn’t have the sun in our eyes. Its just smart team play. haha”
Among the picnic baskets, cucumber sandwiches, vintage bicycles and miles of houndstooth fabric, one thing stood out from the crowd. Everyone was smiling.
“People like to dress up and we don’t get enough opportunities to dress up in modern life so this is an opportunity for people to do that and it’s fun.” Debbie said.
I couldn’t agree more. Cheerio!