8/21/20 Update
Thank you for your interest and continued enthusiasm for vintage era bowling here in Wisconsin.  Some folks have asked about the October Vintage Alleys Tour.  Unfortunately BCAW will not be hosting/conducting another Vintage Alleys Tour in 2020. As you may know, our April event was cancelled along with everything else BCAW had scheduled this past spring and summer. We had hopes of being able to showcase Milwaukee vintage centers including Holler House & Sanders Super Bowl this fall, but with the continued uncertainty and concerns with COVID-19 (especially in the City of Milwaukee), the most responsible thing is for us to cancel these events for the remainder of 2020.  As part of our planning & budgeting process for 2021, we will consider whether or not to continue with tours in the future.###

Longing for ‘good ol’ days’ of bowling?  Do you wish for wooden lanes, human pinsetters,  scorekeeping with a pencil?  Or do you just love bowling history?  Wisconsin has a proud heritage of bowling.  Take a break from all the modern gadgets and gizmos, and come explore & bowl in some of bowling’s historic landmarks.

BCAW hosted the first ever tour of vintage bowling alleys on October 31, 2017.  The event was a big success in terms of providing opportunities for four of our members to showcase their business.  All were excited with the concept and welcomed our group during our stop to bowl as part of the scheduled 11 hour journey through Jefferson & Dodge counties.  The stops included Strikes, Spares & Spirits in Iron Ridge, Ley’s Bark River lanes in Sullivan, The Fort Atkinson Club and Cornerstone Palmyra Bowl in Palmyra.  

Then in 2018, we visited The Fort Atkinson Club, Black Earth Lanes, Scott’s Rio Lanes in Rio, Juneau Lanes, Bruce’s Bar & Bowl in Valders, Baugniet’s Badger Bowl in Mishicot and T & O Lanes in Oshkosh.  And in 2019, we visited Mally’s Spare Time, Algoma Pizza Bowl, Sister Bay Bowl and Cherry Lanes & Arcade, The Neighbors Lounge & Lanes, Fountain City Hall and Riverview Lanes.  Check out photos from the tours.

Click HERE for TV news coverage of the Fall 2019 tour.

Our first tour created quite the buzz.  Check out some of the media coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as well as front page coverage in the Sunday (11/5/17) Wisconsin State Journal and La Crosse Tribune to include their online versions.

Links to media/news articles:
WPR Interview: Celebrating the Roots of Vintage Alleys in Wisconsin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin State Journal
La Crosse Tribune

 

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