Cycling For Shakespeare

July 17 – 21, 2017

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This July, I’m combining my passion for Little Lake Theatre with my sport, cycling, to create a unique opportunity to support this wonderful company, and the work that you enjoy onstage at our theater. I’ll be Cycling for Shakespeare, riding 332 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington DC on the Great Allegheny Passage & C&O Canal Towpath.

I want you to join me for Cycling for Shakespeare by making a contribution to Little Lake Theatre for each mile that I ride. I’m paying my own way for the trip (lodging, food, etc.) so 100% of your contribution supports Little Lake Theatre and the great theatre productions and educational programs you see here at the Lake and in our community. Plus, if we raise $10,000 during this campaign, I will wear a Shakespeare costume during our July 27 – 30 performances of Wonder of the World to celebrate, right down to the green sneakers.

I hope you’ll join me on this ride of a lifetime by supporting Little Lake Theatre, the company we all know and love.  Thank you for your support, and I’ll see you at the Lake!

Cycling for Shakespeare Benefits

  • $25.00 (7.5¢/mile): Access to the online travelog detailing the trip; listing in all 2017 Little Lake Theatre MainStage playbills and on the theater display.
  • $50.00 (15¢/mile): Put your name on my bike helmet! Your listing will travel all 332 miles with me on this epic journey.
  • $100.00 (30¢/mile): Have a dessert on me at one of our performances from July 27 – 30; a sweet deal!
  • $200.00 (60¢/mile): A special shout-out on my travelog or video post, thanking you for your support, and have your listing featured in an in-theater display after the trip.
  • $332.00 ($1/mile): Tickets for 2 to one of our performances from July 27 – 30, to see me wearing the Shakespeare costume…because we’ll have hit our $10,000 goal!
  • $500.00 ($1.50/mile): An opportunity to view a private dress rehearsal during the 2017 season.

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Your name goes “here!” Let’s get my helmet covered with the names of Little Lake patrons. 

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Trip Map & Itinerary

GAP & C&O Map & Itinerary

Questions & Answers!

Why are you doing this? Aren’t you crazy?
Well, yes, I am crazy-crazy about Little Lake and cycling! :-) Actually, cycling from Pittsburgh to Washington has been a dream of mine for several years. I started long-distance riding in 2015, and rode the complete Great Allegheny Passage in June of 2016, which makes up the first two days of this year’s trip (Pittsburgh – Cumberland). I was planning this trip even before I came to Little Lake in November of last year, so this seemed like the natural way to combine both of my passions and support this wonderful organization.

Where are you staying?
There are a lot of places to stay at on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath. Each “trail town” has been revitalized via cycling tourism over the past few decades and often feature hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, hostels, or campgrounds. I’m staying in a combination of hostels and bed & breakfasts for this trip. For future trips, I’d like to camp, but this time I’m taking it a bit easier-carrying camping gear means extra weight, and every pound makes a difference over the 60-70 miles I’ll be riding each day.

Wait a second. You said you’re going from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. How are you getting back?
As much fun as it would be to just turn around and ride back to Pittsburgh, we’ve got shows to run at Little Lake! Amtrak runs the Capitol Limited from Washington to Chicago daily, and allows, for a small fee, cyclists to store their bike on the train for the ride back. This means that Day 5 will be a day I have a firm timetable to stick to-my train leaves at 4:05pm and I intend to be on it!

How do I learn more?
Make a gift to Little Lake! Anyone who gives $25 or more to the Cycling for Shakespeare campaign will receive a link to my travelog, detailing my preparation before the trip, experiences during the event, and after my successful return home to Pittsburgh.