April 29, 2018
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
*Over 5 hours of Bowling!
If you are a bowler, proprietor or just love Wisconsin history, this tour is a fun and interactive way to explore & bowl in some of bowling’s historic landmarks.
And back by popular demand will be the recently restored two lane facility located in the Fort Atkinson Club, with their manual (human) pinsetters. It doesn’t get more vintage than that!
8 a.m. Departure: Park n Ride (East Park American Center in Madison)
9 – 11 a.m. Ft. Atkinson Club: Listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places, this two wood lane center (with manual pinsetters and scoring!) was originally built in 1912 and lovingly restored in 2017.
12 – 2:30 p.m. Black Earth Lanes: The original four wood lanes were built in 1947 and four more lanes were added in the 1970’s. Manual scoring keeps the vintage experience real. Includes bowling and lunch.
3:30 – 5 p.m. Scott’s Rio Lanes: Built in 1947, this alley has wood lanes with StarShield Masking units. Don’t let the autoscoring fool you – This is a quintessential Wisconsin bar with four lanes.
5:30 p.m. Return to Park and Ride.
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.
The 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.
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