Woolwich to strap on some roller skates in latest expansion of offerings at the WMC

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Sara Hignell, recreation and community development coordinator for Woolwich Township, is promoting one of the rec. Department’s newest activities, roller skating nights. [ali wilson / the observer]

Four-wheeling goes old-school at the WMC as the rec. staff looks to inject some fun activities into the summertime mix.

Bringing back the days of quad skating, the township will be offering three confirmed roller skating evenings in Elmira starting next month.

“I think it is just a different program and a different activity that we are bringing to the area. It is something fun – we are going to have music, we are going to do activities, we are bringing back some old-school concession items, so really tying into the themes we are doing,” said Sara Hignell, recreation and community development coordinator for Woolwich Township. “All three nights are going to be great evenings and events to attend.”

The idea of hosting roller skating at the arena was borrowed from successful events offered at surrounding municipalities.

“We thought ‘why not bring it to Woolwich?’ So we are doing it on the arena floor,” she said.

Feedback has thus far been positive, which Hignell hopes will translate into strong attendance when things get going.

“We are hoping that we do have a good turnout,” she said.

The three nights each have their own theme. The first – Rock n’ Roller Skate – will be happening May 12 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The second – Costume Showdown – will be on June 15, from 5-8 p.m. Finally, the Retro Rewind takes to the floor July 13 from 5-8 p.m.

“Rock n’ Roller Skate is bringing back that ’70s,’80s music. For the Costume Showdown, we were thinking that people can dress in costumes; it’s a family event, so whether people want to dress like the disco days or where the kids want to wear their ninja turtle costumes, it is kind of open so that everyone can enjoy and have fun,” she explained. “Then Retro Rewind, so we are thinking bringing back more like ’80s, ’90s music and tying that in with a theme as well,” Hignell explained.

“So we just thought we could make activities and concession items around those different themes and then make it that much more interesting and fun for people at the events.”

The essential piece of equipment – the roller skates themselves – will be available on a first come, first served basis. Currently, the township has about 100 pairs in a limited range of sizes.

Although there are only three events planned, following the format of public skating during the winter, the township hopes to expand the offerings.

“As of right now, there are three event dates and then we will be rolling out with daytime skates, as well. Similar to the ice skating, we will have the parent and tot and the family skate – there will be those options as well,” she said.

All ages are welcome, however helmets are mandatory for children and youth under 16, and are recommended for those 16 and over. Tickets will be available at the WMC 30 minutes prior to the start of each event, with children under 12 years of age costing $5 and $10 for 12 years and over.

In addition to roller skating, Hignell notes that they will also be holding a Battle of the Bands, looking to showcase local talent.

“It is just an opportunity for local bands to showcase their talents and have residents in the township attend and vote on them.”