A couple of months ago, there was only one way to describe the Seersucker Social: all dressed up with nowhere to go. Dandies & Quaintrelles’ annual affair, a bike ride and garden party that last year attracted 1,000 revelers, couldn’t return to the glamorous Hillwood Estate (for red-tape reasons).
Because a bike ride demands a destination, this summer’s plans were looking less than fabulous — until one of the organizers stumbled on a spot when his car broke down.
“So it’s on,” says co-producer Holly Bass, who’s keeping the venue for this Saturday’s event a secret but reveals that it’s “a very green space outside of D.C.” The one other detail that’s out is that it’s on National Park Service property, which means there are new rules about buying tickets.
If you want to tag along for the 10-mile trip and post-ride festivities, you have to purchase one of 500 memberships (available at dandiesandquaintrelles.com/membership) — $25 is basic admission; $45 includes food and drink, shuttle transportation to the nearest Metro stop and discounts at partner bike shops. (All members also get first dibs on registering for the organization’s signature fall event, the Tweed Ride.)