"In A League Of Their Own" - Seniors from The Arbors at Buck Run Go Bowling at Nearby BrunswickZone Alleys
Eight senior residents from The Arbors at Buck Run reconnected with the pleasures they experienced during their years as competitive and recreational bowlers with an afternoon on the lanes at the BrunswickZone alleys on Street Road in Feasterville.
"We love having people of all ages, and the residents of The Arbors are using some of the special features we have that keep bowling fun for seniors," said Leanna Slusarski, an event sales assistant who coordinated their booking. "Some of them are using our lightweight 7 pound bowling balls for regular bowling. Others are using the 'ramps' that allow someone who cannot swing a ball to still enjoy the lanes. And others are using our electronic 'bumpers' to enhance their success. We are happy to create a setting that everyone can enjoy, young or not so young."
Resident Genevieve Hausler, who bowled in leagues for over a dozen years when she lived in Long Island and in Florida, has been using electronic Wii Bowling as a substitute, in the recreation program at The Arbors. She explained that the lightweight Wii controller was definitely easy, once she mastered the rhythm of it. "Wii isn't strength game. So I think I get better results," she commented about the electronic version of the game. "But here, we have the fun of everyone together, clapping and getting excited, even if you don't make a great frame," she smiled, with her friend Kay Castiglione in full agreement.
Arbors resident Dot Wladyka recalled, "I once earned trophies, right in these lanes." The former resident of nearby Holland, PA said she was once a contender in "singles and mixed doubles. It was a lot of fun. I was in leagues for thirty years."
Assisted by Arbors at Buck Run Activities Coordinator Sandy Greenfield of Feasterville, aide Kiaina Scott of Lawncrest in Philadelphia and community driver Ray Crane of Warminster, eight residents had the fun of being in "a league of their own".
"This brings back memories of the fun I had bowling in Cleveland, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia too," said Rosemary Taylor.
And for Al Galeone, who formerly bowled in a league in Holmesburg in Northeast Philly, the sights and thunderous sounds of this local alley made an ordinary gray afternoon in early February into a special occasion.