It was the perfect day for the Northwestern Regional Library System’s Ride for Readers fundraiser, Pat Gwyn of Mount Airy Public Library said — beautiful weather, a light breeze, and a good turnout, with cars and motorcycles taking the loop ride through multiple areas — including Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Rural Hall and Walnut Cove — before returning to Veterans Park for lunch, music, and fellowship.
A total of 40 riders traveled the route on Saturday afternoon, from around 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a lunch of hot dogs with all the fixings, baked beans, desserts, and music by 5Play.
Dwight Marshall echoed Gwyn’s sentiments. “It sure was beautiful weather today, perfect for riding,” Marshall said, showing off his tan. “The food is great and it’s just been a good day,” he added, even though he doubted he had the winning hand with a pair of twos as his best cards. “It’s for a good cause.”
Eric and Leslie Lubeck, who moved to the Westfield area from Colorado, started out early, departing from Veterans Park, and were two of multiple motorcycle riders from the Cornerstone Widows Sons Masonic Rider Association. Lubeck shared that he was one of eleven founding members of the rider association.
“I’m from Maryland and I’ve been riding for 48 years,” Doc German of Mount Airy said. German was one of the organizers for the library system’s yearly fundraiser ride. “Until I came here, we just rode. Now, I get to meet people, ride, which I love, and help people. It’s really been an awakening for me. It’s a win-win-win situation…just wonderful.”
The best hand went to Dick Miller of West Jefferson, who had a straight. Miller received $50 for his winning hand. Dean Gravely won for worst hand, receiving $25.
Gwyn said the funds raised during Ride for Readers would go to help pay for e-book services for the entire library system, which cost $12,000 per year and are not included in the budget. The e-book services are paid for entirely from fundraisers like Ride for Readers.
“We will also have another fundraiser in the fall,” Gwyn added. “This has been a great day, and we get a lot of good support from our libraries in all four counties — Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. I especially want to thank the American Legion Riders and all our participants and Bruce Cook, who got riders from Alleghany this year.”
The tentative date for next year’s Ride for Readers is June 13, 2015. For more information about the Northwestern Regional Library System, visit www.nwrl.org.
Reach Jessica Johnson at 719-1933 and on Twitter @MountAiryJess.