A Pedaling Pilgrimage
The True/False Boone Dawdle Returns
BY PEG GILL
Even though it’s summer, the spirit of the True/False Film Fest is alive and well, thanks to the sixth annual Boone Dawdle on Saturday, Aug. 15. At this event, hundreds of intrepid bikers make a pedaling pilgrimage to the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro in Rocheport, where the revelers partake in dinner and a movie under the stars.
“We expect to have 300 to 350 people riding along the trail and an additional 75 or so that’ll just come to the party,” says Camellia Cosgray, operations director for True/False. In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, the rain date for the Dawdle is Aug. 16.
To “dawdle” means to take one’s time, to proceed slowly, and that’s the perfect way to describe this leisurely excursion. “We encourage people to dawdle along the trail,” Cosgray says. “It’s a really fun and relaxed event.”
The afternoon starts with a free bike clinic by Walt’s Bike Shop at Flat Branch Park from 1 to 4 p.m.
Riders will depart between 2 and 4 p.m. and make their way along the MKT and Katy trails, encountering trailside surprises as they go. Riders will come across various events, activities and musicians. “We always mix up the surprises every year,” says Cosgray. “We don’t really advertise them because then they wouldn’t be surprises!”
Once again, Dawdlers will have the chance to add a river ride to their Dawdle experience. The first 100 folks who purchase a ticket can participate in the Mini Float Trip, a 25-minute round-trip boat ride on the Missouri River with Missouri River Relief. The river tour will include spectacular views of the limestone bluffs, eagles’ nests and prehistoric artwork, as well as insider knowledge about the river, delivered by the River Relief crew.
Once out at the Bistro, Dawdlers will enjoy a delicious picnic-style buffet dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The meal will feature food from local providers along with beer, wine and other drinks. While eating, diners can enjoy the hot jazz and swing sounds of Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. Following dinner there will be a fundraising raffle with lots of fabulous prizes, including two bikes donated by Walt’s Bike Shop.
At 9:15 p.m., everyone will settle back on their blankets and watch a screening of “Breaking a Monster.” The film chronicles the break-out year of a band called Unlocking the Truth, and follows its 13-year-old members as they first encounter stardom and the music industry, transcending childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of being. “It’s part music doc, part coming-of-age story and part pulling back the curtain on the music industry,” says David Wilson, co-founder of True/False.
A Q&A session with the film’s producer, Tom Davis, will follow the screening. Then shuttles will ferry merry Dawdlers and their bikes back to Flat Branch Park.
For those who’d rather not make the ride, there’s always the option of driving out to the Bistro for the evening event.
More information about the Boone Dawdle is available online at www.truefalse.org/dawdle. Cosgray recommends getting tickets early. “We sell out every year,” she says, “usually a couple of weeks beforehand.”