For Immediate Release
Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723
Hundreds of Red Heads Celebrate Five Years of Autumn Gathering Upstate
“Night of The Walking Red V” Oct. 4 at Ryan’s Wake Public House, Troy, N.Y.
TROY, N.Y. (9/22/17) — It’s a fall tradition five years in the making: hundreds of naturally red haired people gather in a small upstate New York city to toast the season when the colors of the world turn to match their own — auburn, orange, ginger and strawberry blonde.
“Upstate New York in October is the best place and time to be ginger in America,” said Duncan Crary, founder of The League of Extraordinary Red Heads. “Not only can we red heads go outside without fear of sunburn, but we also look amazing against all the blazing foliage.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 4, starting at 5 p.m., The League of Extraordinary Red Heads will present “Night of the Walking Red V” at Ryan’s Wake Public House, located at 403 River St. in downtown Troy.
The fiery festivities feature an autumnal rite known as the “Toast of The Coppertops,” during which members of the red-haired collective raise glasses of seasonal Pumpkin Ale (this year’s batch is by Ithaca Beer Co.). Looming above them will be a 15-foot vinyl sign bearing the League’s registered trademark logo and the concisely stated: “Agenda 1) Us. 2) Them.”
There will be a sunset group photograph on the deck at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment will include a caricature artist, a photo booth, a t-shirt printing station provided by Troy Cloth & Paper and other fun activities. Admission is free. Children are welcome with supervision. The League gives special recognition to “Distinguished White Heads,” such as Santa Claus, whose ginger hair has turned white. Un-red heads are also welcome to witness the crimson jubilee.
Last October, more than 200 red haired folks came to the party, traveling from as far away as New Jersey, Buffalo, Saranac Lake and Vermont. This year, Crary has heard from people as far away as Indiana who are considering making the trek this year.
“This is a rare spectacle that many of us look forward to all year,” Crary said. “I’ve made some great friends through these gatherings over the years. Some parents have brought their munchkins to each League meeting and one of my favorite things is to watch them grow up. Some day one of them will have to lead this tribe.”
Crary said he gets requests from around the world to form local chapters. This month, he officially registered the trademark League of Extraordinary Red Heads logo and formed a limited liability company, MC1R Productions, to start working toward the goal of creating more red head gatherings in other cities such as Boston, New York and Buffalo.
“This started as a joke between a few friends but it quickly turned into something real. Still, the emphasis is on having fun, having a good time, and having a good sense of humor about being red, which ain’t always easy,” said Crary, a professional writer who pens the League’s tongue-in-cheek website and other printed materials.
ABOUT THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY RED HEADS
The League of Extraordinary Red Heads formed in a flash in Troy on Jan. 30, 2013 and quickly earned the rank of No. 7 in the world for “Best Redheaded Gatherings of 2013” according to social media website, BuzzFeed. League gatherings typically attract more than 100 red-haired participants. Attendance for last year’s Night of the Walking Red IV broke 200. (All are welcome to attend and enjoy the spectacle.)
Though this highly visible group assembles suddenly in public spaces, not much is known of the inner workings or its true purpose. It purports to be “a social get-together for those with reddish hair and those who love them,” but some suspect it may be a drinking club with vague plans for world domination. These conspiracy theories are bolstered by the fact that red heads comprise only 2 percent of the human population, and yet — for scientifically unexplained reasons — their ranks include a disproportionately high number of prominent figures, including world leaders, famous authors and celebrity actors. People of all types and backgrounds can have natural red hair.
“Because we always stand out, red heads can never hide in a crowd or at the back of the classroom,” said Duncan Crary, founder of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads. “So we learn to have fun under scrutiny. Some people call that being ‘fiery,’ and we do tend to be an excitable bunch. That may be the reason why so many prominent figures in history have had crimson locks.”
First-time attendees are eligible to receive the coveted League of Extraordinary Red Heads “Member” card.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP on the facebook event so organizers can better prepare for the expected crowd.
The League of Extraordinary Red Heads Presents:
“Night of the Walking Red V” & “Toast of the Coppertops”
Feat. Ithaca Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale
Oct. 4, 2017 | 5 p.m. Start | Free Admission
Ryan’s Wake Public House 403 River Street, Troy NY
Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723