Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Irish Road Bowling

100_0847Getting ready to go green takes on a new meaning as Indian Lake celebrates St Patrick’s Day with a weekend full of activities. With doggie struts and hat parades, there is a wide range of events to make celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a weekend to remember.

“We’ve been hosting this event since 2006, making it our seventh year,” says Vonnie Liddle Indian Lake Events/Activities Coordinator. “The Hat Parade starts everything off. It is now tied into the PARP program (Parents as Reading Partners) so we have an unofficial theme this year of magic. The school children are given a hat and have to decorate it according to the theme.”

Liddle is quick to say that the parade is open to anyone with a hat and not everyone follows the PARP theme. It is really about getting people outside and having fun.

“The Irish Road Bowling is the activity that has grown the most,” says Liddle. “We originally started with only a few participants and last year we were up to 50 teams of four people.”

Registration begins at Indian Lake Town Hall at 12:30 in three categories: Men, Women and Mixed Adults with a 1 pm start.  There is a $20 registration fee with the event benefiting Helping Hands Caregivers. According to Liddle the goal is for each team of four to bowl an official 28 oz iron ball from Point A to Point B down a country road for almost a mile. Drivers beware, no streets will be closed during the Irish Bowling segment on Saturday. The team with the least number of throws is the winner. There are no penalties and each team alternates bowls. Though most people do show up with formed teams singles looking for a place are fit into teams when possible.

In addition to Irish Road Bowling, Indian Lake Theatre has a full schedule with the group Quickstep performing “fiddle tunes, folksongs and fancy footwork.” Tickets are $15 at the door and $5 for children. On Saturday enjoy a St Patrick’s Day classic film, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

The weekend of activities closes out with the Mutt Strut at the Ski Hut. All dogs are welcome and will be judged in any of 12 categories. Enjoy!

Photo: Indian Lake Hat Parade courtesy of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. 

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

One Response

  1. Kristen says:

    Mike Miller and Miller Lite playing the bag pipes at the Indian Lake Restaruant & Tavern around 5 pm, come listen while enjoying some traditional Irish food. Cosmic Jackson playing @ 9 pm!

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