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St. Lawrence FSC


ST. LAWRENCE (N.Y.) FSC AND CANTON RECREATION DEPARTMENT


On a cold winter day, the St. Lawrence Fig-


ure Skating Club and Canton Recreation Depart- ment hosted “It’s Great to Skate.” More than 150 people attended, including families and college students. We set up a welcome table with promo- tional skating items, Basic Skills information and an ice skating video that played on a TV monitor. Decorated with the balloons and posters, the rink looked festive and fun. Te two-hour event fea- tured plenty of activity. We had games, a raffle basket, a raffle for a skating snow princess dress with tights, face painting and music. Te figure skating club, wearing cowboy hats, put on an exhibition and line-danced to “Cotton Eye Joe.” “We should do this once a month,” the recreation director said. “Tis event is the busiest we have been all year.” A skater told her mom, “Tis was fantastic.” Another mom said, “My daughter is hooked. She wants to be a figure skater.” — Edith Frazer, president, St. Lawrence FSC, figure skating director


(SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.) ICE DEN


Te Coyotes Figure Skating Club and the learn-to-skate program skaters teamed up to have a fun night skating together. Offerings includ- ed a hockey area, bring a buddy, the limbo, an egg race, bowling and skating with friends. Te best part, however, was the pile of snow that we dumped on the ice for all to play in. Adults and skaters of all ages joined in the thrill of throw- ing snowballs on the ice. Tat is a pretty big deal


Ice Den


Extreme Ice Center


when you live in a desert! It was a great way to en- courage skaters of all levels to learn how to skate and see what a fun sport skating can be. — Dawn Piepenbrink-McCosh, learn-to-skate director


EXTREME ICE CENTER (INDIAN TRAIL, N.C.)


We had a Try Skating for Free Day with 100 skaters attending lessons on our puddle rink surface over a two-hour period. Upon complet- ing their 20-minute try-it lesson, they attended a public session to try out their new skills. It was a huge success, and a lot of fun. Our next event was the Skating Dreams performance to kick off the Olympic Games in Sochi. Tis event was a huge success with 1992 Olympic silver medalist Paul Wylie hosting the show, which included lo- cal skaters, a fire act and aerialist, and U.S. com- petitor Alexander Aiken. Proceeds from the show were donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma So- ciety.


— Jennifer Gwyn, skating school director


Fort Dupont Ice Arena


FORT DUPONT ICE ARENA (WASHINGTON, D.C.)


During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,


we offered a public skate with free lessons and free skate rental to the community. We had an infor- mation table about our programs and volunteer opportunities. During the Presidents’ Day holi- day, we hosted another open house and offered free lessons and free skate rental. More than 100 people attended. After our mid-session ice make, we conducted a brief skating exhibition featur- ing Washington Figure Skating Club members Maria Yang and Brynne McIsaac. Te exhibition sparked many conversations with attending fami- lies on how they might be able to achieve skating success. Of course, it all starts with Basic Skills. For our Olympic Spirit Day, Basic Skills skaters were encouraged to wear Team USA colors and spirit-wear to their Basic Skills classes. Tose who showed the most team spirit and creativity took home National Skating Month giveaways. — Leticia Moreno Enos, program director


We want to thank everyone who participat- ed and made this year’s National Skating Month celebration the best yet. Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin is the senior director of membership at U.S. Figure Skating.


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