Join Adventure Cycling Friday to celebrate its new headquarters

On Friday, July 6, the Adventure Cycling Association will formally unveil its newly renovated and remodeled headquarters with a community block party celebration for its members, donors, and supporters at 150 E. Pine Street in Missoula, Montana, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Adventure Cycling Association is a 36-year mainstay of downtown Missoula, where it was originally established as Bikecentennial ’76. Despite the recent challenging economic climate, it paid off the mortgage on its headquarters in December 2011. The $640,000 renovation and expansion was funded in part by Adventure Cycling’s Life Member Fund, which is dedicated to long-term investments in the organization.  

In the construction of its new space, Adventure Cycling embraced many sustainable design techniques such as salvaging and recycling materials from the initial demolition, utilizing recycled-content materials when feasible, and choosing low VOC adhesives, paints, and coatings. Lo-flow plumbing fixtures were installed and the new wall and roof panels offer a high level of thermal insulation. Warren Hampton led the project as architect working with Missoula contractors, Edgell Building and Development, and Project Manager Bruce Allen.

So if you’re in the Missoula area on Friday, July 6, please join Adventure Cycling Association for a sensational summer celebration. From 4 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy food, drinks, art, guided tours of the new space, and live music with special guests The Gravely Mountain Boys followed by Soul City Brass Band.

Plus, in keeping with tradition, Adventure Cycling will be giving out 1,000 free ice creams in honor of summer — the organization gives out thousands of free ice creams (and sodas) to cyclists visiting its headquarters as they pass through Missoula on cycling tours each year. Local radio station The Trail 103.3 will be broadcasting live on location from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring interviews with Adventure Cycling supporters and members as well as spotlighting live performances from local bands.

Since the party coincides with downtown Missoula’s monthly First Friday activities, Adventure Cycling’s neighbors at the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) will join the celebration too, offering a sneak preview of MAM’s future Outdoor Sculpture Garden and an opportunity to make a sculpture for your own garden with assistance from Home Resource. A group of local printmakers and artists will be offering live apparel printing from hand-carved wood blocks. Bring your own T-shirt for printing or buy one from them. (Be sure to bring your MAM membership card because members get a discount.)

More details about Adventure Cycling Association’s block party celebration can be found on Adventure Cycling’s blog and you can check out the event on Facebook.

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