Folks say it takes a village, but in this case it takes Old Coots on Scoots.
You might have some preconceived notions about bikers, with their gritty image of iconic status, and though these Coots ride upon motorcycles, wear leathers and look generally bad ass, I can promise you they are a friendly and approachable group.
Old Coots on Scoots is a social group organized for those who like to ride with an underlying mission to give back to the community. Member and former coordinator Mark Prendergast spoke fondly of the group’s mission to make a big difference with a hyper-local approach.
“We give from the heart,” he said.
Prendergast said the Old Coots philanthropy takes many forms and includes everything from adopting a family in need every holiday season and gifting firewood, toys, clothes and other necessities, to hosting an annual spaghetti feed in the spring at Dave’s of Milton with proceeds benefiting the group’s vision to give back. The Coots also bring holiday cheer to the community by adorning a tree by Edgewood City Hall with sparkling lights every Christmas.
The weekend prior to Independence Day marked year two of a tradition, as these Old Coots again raised the American flag at Edgewood City Hall’s barn. Drivers zipping down Meridian Avenue East will undoubtedly see it, as it literally covers the whole side of the barn.
The raising of the flag was done with immense respect with one member take good care of the flag while lights were set up to highlight it better in the evening and all hands were on deck to help keep it from touching the ground while it was being mounted. They closed out the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance with commuters honking their horns proudly as they passed by.
If you love to ride with a group of like minds and have a passion for being civically engaged, reach out to the Old Coots on Scoots and their upcoming events at Coots50.com (they’ll be making an appearance at the Milton City Picnic to talk about bike safety for both the minis and adults) or find them on Facebook. Though the group tends to be mature in age, there is no age restriction to be an Old Coot. After all, their youngest member is an itty bitty infant nicknamed Little Cootie.