Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Pittsburgh's 2nd Annual Fourth of July Friendlies
Pittsburgh once again welcomes you to spend 4th of July weekend with us. There will be tons of polo, grilling out, summer good times, and of course, FIREWORKS!
WHEN: The morning of Saturday July 3rd until after the fireworks on Sunday July 4th. There will be people at the court around 10 AM on Saturday
WHERE: Bloomfield Polo Court, under the Bloomfield Bridge. There is a parking lot under the bridge, also. The entrance is at Liberty Avenue and Ewing Street, behind Paul Lumber.
COST: The weekend will be FREE OF CHARGE. We will be printing event t-shirts to sell for $10, but otherwise, we're a cheap date.
FOOD: We will provide drinking water, napkins/plates/utensils/cups, separate grills for meat and vegetarian food, and enough burgers (meat and veggie) for Saturday and Sunday. You bring whatever other food for the grill or sides that you want. There is a grocery store across the street from the court as well as 3 easily accessible organic markets (Right By Nature, Whole Foods, and Giant Eagle Market District) within 5-10 minutes of the court if you need them. We will also have bagels, muffins, and coffee on Sunday morning at the court.
POLO: Pick-up, pick-up, pick-up. There will also be a throw-in double-elimination tournament, as well as something that we call the Big Stupid Game. Call it whatever you want, but here is how it works. First, you get 2 teams of at least 6 players. Then you play polo as usual, but you substitute players (or sometimes full squads when the teams are big enough) on the fly when someone dabs or when a goal is scored. It is a lot like how hockey works, if that makes any more sense.
HOUSING/RSVP's: Please send an email to pghbikepolo [at] gmail [dot] com if you need housing. Include the number of people and any other important info (like animal allergies, etc.) Also, if you intend to purchase a t-shirt, PLEASE INCLUDE T-SHIRT SIZES in your emails.
FIREWORKS: There will be a group ride heading downtown to watch the fireworks at the river front on Sunday. They start at 9:35 PM and are usually pretty damn awesome if you can stick around. Pittsburgh takes fireworks seriously.
I was a little behind in getting the word out there for this event, so keep an eye out for any small changes/additions in the next couple of weeks, and we'll see you here in July!