When a member of a bike group can’t make it out on a ride, Hollywood would have you think it may be because of some shady legal troubles. On Saturday, May 9, biker Mark Prendergast couldn’t ride with his group because he didn’t want to miss his granddaughter’s first birthday party. This is the reality Prendergast and the rest of his motorcycle group, Old Coots on Scoots, are out to portray to the cities of Edgewood and Milton.
“We’re more like sons of arthritis than Sons of Anarchy,” Prendergast said.
The Old Coots on Scoots is a national organization of bikers, generally older, who simply enjoy riding with one another. The Edgewood chapter is the 50th chapter established, and Prendergast, a coordinator for the group, wants the patches the group wears on their backs to mean something to the local community.
“I wanted to increase perception of our group in our area and by doing what we’re doing, giving back, more and more people are recognizing us for what we do, not what Hollywood portrays us as,” Prendergast said. “We just like riding motorcycles, and we like giving back to the community and contributing as much as we can at the same time.”
The Old Coots are dedicated to not just riding, but to giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. This Friday, May 15 will see the group host their annual spaghetti feed at Dave’s of Milton. The event will start at 5 p.m., $14 per person or $25 for a couple and kids under 10 eat free. The event will not only offer all you can eat spaghetti, but a dessert auction, karaoke and a 50/50 raffle.
All benefits from the feed will go back to the local community. The Old Coots have previously decorated the Edgewood Christmas Tree, as well as escorted Santa to the tree lighting. One of Prendergast’s greatest memories with the group is the time the group rode out on Christmas day to help a family in need. With a father in brain surgery, his kids were not expecting a great Christmas, and that’s where the Old Coots came in. Riding to the house on their motorcycles, they came bearing toys, clothes and brand new bikes for the kids.
Outside of Christmas, the Old Coots have adopted families over the past couple of years, providing them with extra food and clothes, and have organized various fundraisers throughout Milton and Edgewood, like back to school drives.
“What we want to focus on is to come up with different things to do to pay back the community. I’m looking towards trying to pair up with different businesses in the area to provide services like meals or haircuts to where we can go in with that business to provide those services to the people in need. It benefits people, it benefits the business and were giving back to the community at the same time,” Prendergast said.
The Old Coots on Scoots is light on rules when it comes to membership. All you need is a want to ride. The Edgewood chapter meets every other Saturday at Dave’s and go for rides of all length, whether around the Olympics or to the beach. Currently, there is even a long ride scheduled to go to Alaska. Despite the name of the group, age doesn’t matter. The group currently has about 80 members, all from different areas of the state.
“We have a great group, a lot from the immediate area, but some from Bonney lake, Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle that come from all different areas,” Prendergast said.
For more information on the Old Coots on Scoots, visit their Facebook page by searching “Old Coots on Scoots Chapter #50” on the site.