George’s Ride Brings Triumph from Tragedy


Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

Bikers, chili cooks and chili aficionados packed the Middletown Elks Lodge parking lot.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, October, 2014

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What do you get when you take 100 bikers, 30 championship chili masters and a sprinkling of zombies? The answer is the perfect recipe for George’s Ride and Zombie Biker Chilifest – held at the Middletown Elks Lodge on Sept. 21 – an event created from the tragedy of a father losing a son.

George Ryan’s son never got to live out his dreams. He died tragically just two days after turning 19. Continue reading

Motorcycle Mania Revs Up Middletown


Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

Plenty of patriotism was on display at Motorcycle Mania.

by Kathleen Pulek, Middletown Chronicle, September, 2014

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The roar, rumble and burble of classic, custom and vintage motorcycles filled the air as the ninth annual Motorcycle Mania electrified Middletown’s downtown area on Wed., Aug 20. More than 5,000 bikes lined Main Street from Washington Street to the packed South Green, the municipal parking garage rooftop and the north end of Main Street for the gathering heralded as the largest one-day summer bike event in New England. Continue reading