‘I’m Sticking to 10-Pin’

Glen Burnie Bowl served as the location of my first (miserable) attempt at duckpin bowling.

Thanks everyone for the amazing suggestions over the past few weeks. But, full disclosure, I’m in beach mode as I plan for a June trip to Miami and am going to try to cut back on getting to know Glen Burnie restaurants.

That being said, I jumped at Brenda Kelly’s suggestion to take my first stab at duckpin bowling at Glen Burnie Bowl. I’ll be happy to try all of your restaurant suggestions after my vacation in June.

Growing up in Virginia—where I’m told there are duckpin-bowling facilities—I’m kind of surprised that I’d never heard of the game before moving to Maryland in 2004.

So Sunday afternoon I met Brenda at Glen Burnie Bowl and proceeded to embarrass myself while professional duckpin bowlers from the Pop Whitten Pro Tour participated in the finals of a weekend-long tournament at the other end of the bowling alley.

It was better that way so as we didn’t distract them with our bowling skills, or lack thereof, Brenda quipped.

I could see why people like the family feeling of Glen Burnie Bowl, which is something new manager Jonathan Steele said draws his customers back again and again.

“We have a family atmosphere,” said Steele, who’s been with Glen Burnie Bowl since the end of February. “We put family fun first before anything else. … We have a lot of consistent people who have been doing it for years. They’ve been in leagues here for years.”

The benefit of going to a women’s college is that for my one of my two required physical education classes I was able to take a bowling class—10-pin bowling, but still bowling. And through that class I believe I was able get a decent amount of skill.

Well all of that went out of the window. I just could not get the hang of duckpin. The smaller ball, the lack of finger holes, the three rolls per turn, the way my ball curved to the right in duckpin when it always curves to the left in 10 pin. It just wasn’t my day.

Brenda easily whooped me, but she’s also in a 10-pin bowling league and has played duckpin many times before. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

But Brenda and I agreed that we give much respect to those men who participated in the duckpin tournament at Glen Burnie Bowl Sunday. I just know that I’m sticking to 10-pin.

So, where else should I go? What’s a place or activity—preferably not a restaurant for the next couple months—that every Glen Burnie resident should go or experience?

Candy Fontz April 20, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Looks like you each had a great time, regardless of ability! Thanks for sharing the highlights with us!
Brenda Kelly April 20, 2011 at 01:16 AM
It was fun but definitely harder than 10-pin.
Maya T. Prabhu April 20, 2011 at 01:37 AM
So much harder!
Gloria Dietz April 20, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Try a Happy Hour at the many places around us. That's drinking - not eating :)
Candy Fontz April 20, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Perhaps you can combine Gloria's idea with bowling next time! Maybe the scores will improve - and if they don't - who cares?!
AMF April 20, 2011 at 05:28 AM
totally free event that you should check out is the Relay For Life of Arnold/ Annapolis on May 13-14th! You can buy a food bracelet and eat, eat,eat for $10 or you can just walk around and be inspired by th amazing stories of survivors and why we are participating to fund the American Cancer Society. relayforlife.org/arnold
Jennifer Donatelli April 21, 2011 at 02:29 AM
After you hit the Aquatic Center, you could go to the skate park next to the Pascal Senior Center. Or you could hit the mini golf on Dorsey Road. Or you could bike the B&A Trail past the Planet Walk. The Sun station (no, not the newspaper, but the statue) is next to Harundale Plaza. Still doing a bag giveaway? ;)


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