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Hells Angels to hold annual ‘Field Day’ party:Kurt Sutter & ‘Mayans M.C.’ Team On Diving Deeper Into Outlaw Depths In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff – TCA

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WATERLOO — An annual bash for outlaw bikers is set for later this month at a private property in Waterloo.

The summer Field Day event, which has a long-standing tradition in Waterloo, is a gathering of Hells Angels bikers, their associates and support groups, said Staff Sgt. Jason MacDonald, head of the intelligence unit with Waterloo Regional Police.

The invitation-only event has been held at a private home on Conservation Drive for more than 20 years, say police. In the past, up to 300 bikers have showed up to the party.

“The primary purpose on why we are there is public safety and highway safety,” MacDonald said.

Although hundreds of bikers usually converge on the property, there have rarely been issues and police say they don’t expect any problems this time either.

“We are not concerned about the party,” MacDonald said.

But if there are complaints or anyone who is not invited to the party attends and police are called, “we would attend any call for service like we would for any other citizen.”

On Friday 13th at Port Dover, OPP reported that members of the Hells Angels and rival Outlaws came head-to-head in two separate incidents.

Police said there were threats of violence and intimidation between Hells Angels and Outlaw members.

But MacDonald said police do not expect trouble at the local party. It’s a gathering of Hells Angels, some who come from other provinces, to hang out together.

“There is not indication that anyone who wasn’t invited would show up,” he said. “We have no reason to be concerned.”

On Aug. 18, local officers and the OPP biker enforcement unit will be monitoring the event. There will be checkpoints on Conservation Drive.

In the past, police have stopped bikers and handed out tickets for offences such as unsafe handlebars, tampering with exhaust baffles and malfunctioning turn signals. The average fine for the violations was about $110.

“People holding the party would be surprised if we didn’t show up,” MacDonald said.

“We do keep notes on everyone we stop.”

MacDonald said police will not be on the property but in the area.

“It is an opportunity to learn more about what they are doing and who they are,” he said.

Locally, Kitchener has been an important stronghold of biker activity. It was the home of the Satan’s Choice, which became the Hells Angels in a massive patch over in 2000.

In Waterloo Region, there are the Hells Angels in Kitchener and its support club, the Stolen Souls, in Cambridge. The support club also set up a chapter in Brantford.

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During a panel at TCA summer press tour, the star predicted that the show will break through because it unflinchingly explores gritty and topical themes including border security. “A good news newspaper, you couldn’t give it away,” Olmos said. “But this thing is going to go through the roof because it deals with a really dark situation and it’s about time. “

Creator Kurt Sutter repeated the outlook he shared last month at Comic-Con, that there would be some crossover between Sons of Anarchy and Mayans. But he said those intersections between shows would likely occur only in flashbacks. “I don’t want to mess with that mythology,” he said.

Sutter said anyone inclined to worry about the implications of a show that is breaking ground by presenting a mostly Latino cast and setting but also depicting a violent, outlaw world may be missing the point.

“The stories that I like to tell are about people who are damaged,” Sutter said. “They live outside the parameters of the norm or what’s expected. As a result of that, there’s a rogue component, an outlaw component. And that’s the case here. But I never write these guys from the point of view that they’re dangerous or bad. I write them from the idea that they’re human beings.”

Sutter said the key move he made in putting the spinoff together was bringing in Elgin James, who is of mixed races, as co-creator.”I was aware that a white guy from Jersey shouldn’t be writing a show set in a Latino subculture. That’s not because I’m politically correct,” he clarified. “It’s more about doing this authentically.”

James said, “I couldn’t write on the Cosby Show, the brown Cosby Show. I could never write on one of those shows because I don’t know what it’s like to grow up in a functional family. I have this damage inside me that I want to get out.”

In terms of the level of violence on the show, Sutter said he wasn’t concerned about finding the boundary line. “I don’t think in externalities like ‘what can I get away with?’ ‘How much violence is too much?’” he said. “That’s [FX boss] John Landgraf’s job.”

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