MINSTER – Bowling leagues are forming now at Minster’s Community Lanes and those who come in will find a brighter atmosphere and an updated layout, according to owner Doug Davidson.
Since taking over exclusive ownership in November 2019, Davidson said they had been hard at work updating the facility and are now ready for bowlers 4 years of age to the over 50 crowd.
The biggest change people will notice is the expanded concourse created by removing the step and railing between the bar and alleys. Davidson said that this arrangement will allow better social distancing by spacing tables farther apart. The stationary chairs have been replaced as well.
The west lounge area added a waist high wall to allow some sound deadening for those who want to watch their sports on the lounge’s additional televisions. The east lounge remains the same except for all new flooring.
Young people will be happy to know that the game room has been expanded, with more video units to challenge them.
The bar was extended east to allow for eight more seats and they have redone all counter tops around bar. Men’s and women’s restrooms renovations are almost done.
The pin-setter equipment has undergone another round of maintenance and upgrades by Pinsetters Plus from North Carolina.
“Last year was successful for us, with lots of business.” he said. “But when COVID shut everything down, we took advantage of the down time to complete all our planned renovations.”
Leagues are starting the week after Labor Day.
Adult leagues are forming. “We still have room for teams for our Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Leagues,” he said. All of these leagues begin the week of Sept. 14.
For the under-18 set, the bowling alley will be starting Fall Youth Leagues beginning Saturday, September 12th and ending Oct. 31.
Youth league include three levels. Bumper Leagues are for Ages 4-7, Bantam Preps are for ages 8-12 and Junior/Senior for ages 13-18 There will be two shifts, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 11:30 a.m. “The turnout was great last year,” said Davidson, “we had like 110 kids bowling in the three leagues before COVID shut us down.”
As a wrap-up, there will be two youth tournaments, one in Sunday, Sept. 20, and the second on Oct. 18.
“Friday nights in September we’ll start up a Rockin’ Bowl, for kids and adults,” said Davidson. “There will be music and videos the Bowling Music Network which makes it fun for everyone.”
An Over 50 Senior league is forming. It kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. with a Senior Fun Day.
“There are a lot of you out there who either used to bowl in league or always wanted to, but never had the time,” he said. “Here is your chance to have some fun with your retired or semi-retired friends!”
He added that this will be non-sanctioned event. Each week they will be doing different types of games like 9 Pin No-Tap, Colored Head Pin, Rival Rumble Team Bowling and more. Davidson said no one has commit to every week. The league is open to men and women.
Friday nights from 8 to 11 p.m., Cosmic Bowling will be held under the black and disco lights with a variety of music and music videos. Open to all ages, cost is $15 per person and includes unlimited bowling, house balls, rental shoes and black light bowling.
Some nights will feature a live DJ and reservations are suggested although not required.
Moonlight Cosmic/Monte Carlo Bowling every other Saturday night for adults only — ages 18 and up — beginning on Sept. 19 from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $20 and participants have an opportunity to win cash three times per game with the Red Head Pin Game.
Moonlight Bowling includes three games of bowling, house balls, rental shoes, black/disco lights a chance to win some money while listening to music from Bowling Music Network.
There are many special events as well.
Oktoberfest at the Lanes on Oct. 3 is a family day with 4 different shifts to choose from. Audio Graffiti from Cincinnati. Later in the evening, there will be live music and two shifts of adult Rock & Bowl during this event.
Halloween Night is Oct. 31, an adult Rock & Bowl event, For a cost of $20 per person, there will be a costume contest and live Music. Cost is $20 per person. For those who want one or more lanes for their group, the price is discounted to $110 per lane. (up to 6 people per lane)
The New Year’s Eve Bash will have a family day with bowling, food, music, video games and more that afternoon.
New Year’s Eve adult event, for ages 19 and up, will be by reservation only for the lanes. Those who don’t want to bowl but party along are welcome with a small cover charge to cover the entertainment and food at midnight.
More will be announced on their website at https://communitylanes.com/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MinsterCommunityLanes/
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.