This fifth installation of the Nutmeg Nor’easter is a social enjoyment gathering and self supported ride highlighting the autumnal glory of the Nutmeg State. Every year since 2017, this event has grown based on interest and this year will be our biggest yet with 500 participants. The entire event is 100% outside and we are requesting all in attendance (with the exception of children under 12) to be fully vaccinated to keep us all covid-conscious.
NNeV will be a well-balanced diet of great riding, community building, connective joy, and sweet deals. There are three major elements to NNeV: the rides, the community, and tag sale. “Tag Sale” is a uniquely Connecticutican term; people from outside the Nutmeg State may call these ‘garage sales’ or ‘yard sales’. More information on how to participate in the Tag Sale, The Bicycle Fashion Show, and The Scorcher race below.
The nutmeg tree is native to the spice islands of Indonesia and not Connecticut, so what’s with the name? Welp, according to the Ct State Library: “The sobriquet, the Nutmeg State, is applied to Connecticut because its early inhabitants had the reputation of being so ingenious and shrewd that they were able to make and sell wooden nutmegs. Sam Slick (Judge Halliburton) seems to be the originator of this story. Some claim that wooden nutmegs were actually sold, but they do not give either the time or the place.”
Yankee peddlers from Connecticut sold nutmegs, and an alternative story is that: “Unknowing buyers may have failed to grate nutmegs, thinking they had to be cracked like a walnut. Nutmegs are wood, and bounce when struck. If southern customers did not grate them, they may very well have accused the Yankees of selling useless “wooden” nutmegs, unaware that they wear down to a pungent powder to season pies and breads.” Elizabeth Abbe, Librarian, the Connecticut Historical Society; Connecticut Magazine, April 1980.”
Fascinating! We may be calling our Tag Sale merchants “ye olde yankee pedal-ers” knowing this fact. Book your spot here.
Okay, onto the details...
Lay of the Land
We offer gratitude and wish good fortune for the Indigenous peoples of Wangunk, Western Nehantic, Mohegan, Wappinger, Hammonassets territories whose care of the land cheered on the Chestnut and lived alongside grey wolves. We recognize and honor the communities and cultures that these places nurtured before the Colonizers settled and irreversibly transformed the once heavily forested land.
Cold Spring Farm in Colchester, just up the hill from Lake Hayward will be hosting this year, on the traditional land of the Wangunk people. The same place from NNe3 in 2019 and located at 46 Town Road Colchester, CT 06415. All camping, presentations, meals, and other merry making will take place on this hard-working farm. All rides will be starting and ending here as well. There are cows, pigs, dogs, and other farm animals who live here, so please be aware.
Colchester center has a grocery stores, CVS, restaurants, and a limited-service bike shop called “Airline Cycles”
All tent camping will be on site at Cold Spring farm on a huge grassy field edged by state forest. There aren’t designated camping sites like you find at a campground, so sites can be selected on a first come first serve basis. As such, please practice practical social distancing and be respectful of your tent neighbors by giving each other plenty of space between tents.
A sober/less noisy area will be designated for tent campers who may find sober spaces more comfortable. There’s plenty of room on the farm for all of us.
Car campers will be able to park their vehicles in a car-camp designated area of the parking lot- which is another enormous hay field across the road from the farm house. There are limited car camping spots, so please let Arya know if you know you’ll need to car camp to be comfortable.
In order to welcome riders of all skills and experience, we will be offering 6 different route options. Ranging from 15-65 miles, these routes will bring you and your friends to some beautiful leaf-peeping. Stay tuned for more details on these in the coming weeks.
There will NOT be a mass start. Everyone can independently choose which ride they will do and what time they leave. The beauty of self supported riding is you get to be your own boss. We ask all riders to please fill in the sign-out / sign-in sheet registration so we can keep track of everyone out there.
All rides will begin and end at Cold Spring Farm. To avoid having massive numbers of cyclists on the roads at once (which would require the presence of local police which we want to avoid at all cost), we are giving riders the window from 9am-3pm to enjoy the rides. Of course the times of riders returning to the farm will vary based on the route and skill of the rider. The time window is there to ensure that anyone who wants to be part of the social programming on the schedule is able to be back on time.
Speaking of social programming. Here’s the general breakdown of the working schedule (not final):
Friday Oct 22
- 3pm - Nutmeg Nor’Easter V (NNeV) officially kicks off
- Sign-in / goodie bag pick up
- Space orientation
- Camp set up
- Tag Sale tent
- Dinner available for purchase- farm to table burgers and salad
- 7pm - evening activity
- Dance party?
- 10pm - lights out
Saturday Oct 23
- Sign-in / goodie bag pick up
- Breakfast available for purchase- farm to table egg sandwiches, etc
- Opening circle
- Rides- all the rides!
- Food Trucks, Pizza, etc
- Tag Sale tent
- Bicycle Fashion Show
- Camp fires
Sunday Oct 24
- Breakfast available for purchase- farm to table egg n cheese sandwiches, etc
- Community Conversations + Skill Shares
- Scorcher Race
- Closing circle
- NNeV officially ends at 3pm
This year will be made extra magick thanks to you! We are looking for participants for the following events. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the corresponding form(s). These forms are designed to take less than 5 minutes to fill out but helps out tremendously for organization.
This is a fun runway/catwalk for you and your favorite bicycle. The best bicycle for the runway is a bike you love the most, not just because it is fancy or expensive. A cracked bike that taught you more about your body? Sounds great! A bicycle you ride everyday to commute? Perfect! A bike you made? Legendary!
There will be a panel of judges who will pick the top 3 based on the holy trinity criteria of style, sass, and spirit. How you dress yourself AND your bicycle will determine how these points are given, so perfect that supermodel walk, and strut your stuff hunny! We're all rooting for you!
This will be the evening activity on Saturday night following the day of rides, speakers, and other type 2 fun. As of now, it is on the schedule for Saturday Night at 8pm-9:30pm.
Everyone attending Nutmeg Nor'Easter strongly encouraged to apply. If selected, you and your bicycle will be walking for an audience of peers. We'll top the roll at 20 Supermodel Bikes. MC'd by Arya and Ron.
For the love of the planet and your pocketbook, we think second-hand is best. Why buy new when the old stuff is still wants some action? I'm so tired of seeing booths at bicycle trade shows or races handing out brand new landfill junk to advertise their brands. The TAG SALE at NNeV hopes to herd all the grassroots merchants under one tent to bring an alternative to the conventional booth model.
Do you have a whole lot of bike parts or great gear for camping, camp cooking or clean adventure ready clothing you no longer use? I bet you do. This is a great way to clean out your garage and/or bicycle hoards and make some cash money for yourself too. Now is the time to practice gift & barter economies as we collectively experience the wretches of climate change.
*Participants will be responsible for setting up, taking down, and displaying (tables, racks, etc). This is your show.
This will be a multi lap circuit race totaling about 15 miles of mixed terrain. Younger people may know this kind of race as #tracklocross. You can choose to be as competitive or as you want for this fixed gear race against other type two friends. This will be spectator friendly and on site at Cold Spring farm on Sunday. Organized and designed by Ronnie Romance.
That's all I got for now. As always, email Arya at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Party Business" with any questions, concerns, additions, or requests.
5th annual fall festive festival of (dynamo) lights in the rolling river hills of Nutmeg Country, Connecticut. Join us for a weekend of country riding, camping, internet bike peeping, leaf peeping, yard sales, tag sales, bicycle fashion show, skill shares, pizza, music, farm food, and local lore and history on a classically quaint, hard-working New England farm.