Athens Cultural Center Ends Exhibit With A Roar

ATHENS, NY – The seven-week “Head Out on the Highway: A Love Embrace” exhibit of vintage motorcycles and cultural items associated with motorcycling comes to an end this weekend at the Athens Cultural Center here with special “Hog Days of Summer” send-off events planned for Saturday.

A “Motor Mouth” story slam will take place at 4 p.m. at the nearby Stewart House River Grill followed by a 7:30 p.m. outdoor screening of the John Waters-directed cult movie “Cry-Baby,” starring Johnny Depp, at the adjacent Athens Riverfront Park.

Stewart House River Grill (above – file photo) and Athens Cultural Center (below)
The Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second St. in Athens, NY

The gallery at the Athens Cultural Center will extend its hours on Saturday and will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. The exhibit’s final day will be Sunday. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The “Head Out on the Highway: A Love Embrace” exhibit opened on July 3 and has offered an expansive and inclusive look at motorcycling’s past. “We wanted the show to be visually compelling and exciting, but we also wanted it to be informative,” said co-curator Annika Vogt last month.

Athens is located on the west bank of the Hudson River, directly opposite Hudson, NY, and is accessed via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

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About Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" classic car feature in the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. A graduate of Vermont Academy, he received a B.A. degree journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1975. He is the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award in 1992 and a 1991-92 regional Emmy Award for commentary. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville and drives a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2008 Ford Ranger pickup.