By Joshua Archer
CARIBOU — Melody Roller Rink opened its doors for a long day of fun last Wednesday. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. kids and family had the chance to skate, play games, win prizes, and eat pizza.
Aroostook Republican Photo/Joshua Archer
Joining hands as they skate around Caribou’s iconic Melody Roller Rink are, from left, Gabbi Anderson, Hannah Beauchamp, Dana Bouchard, Ryleigh Fox, Cheyenne Cormier, Hannah Willey Forbes and Ashley Dow. They had a blast skating at Melody Roller Rink in Caribou last week during school vacation.
The idea for the big bash came from owner Ken Doody and his son David. “We decided this was a good opportunity for local businesses to help each other,” David Doody said.
David went to multiple business and collected gift certificates and donations to give away as door prizes, “in turn that was an incentive for a lot of the kids to come in and visit us,” Doody said.
Skaters paid a flat fee of $20, which came with a pair of skates and a ticket with the chance of winning a fabulous door prize.
Skaters also had the chance to win prizes by competing in games: a round of floor hockey, lucky number, and the ever popular limbo.
The rink didn’t want its skaters to go hungry and managed to score a dozen pizzas donated by the Caribou Pizza Hut.
Melody Roller Rink has been around for 50 years and when summer is around the corner business tends to dip due to the nice weather. This day of fun was a last hurrah for the rink as business slows down for the season.
|Aroostook Republican Photo/Joshua Archer
A tall stack of steaming hot pizza was the only thing that could get kids to take a break from roller skating. Helping carry the food are, from left, front: Gabbi Anderson, Hannah Beauchamp, Hannah Willey Forbes, co-owner David Doody, Abby Newland, Emma Newland, Elijah Fournier and Wyatt Cyr. Back row: Dana Bouchard, Ashley Dow, Cheyenne Cormier, Ryleigh Fox, Cynthia Wood, Serae Drake and Karen Fournier.
“Why do you come to the roller rink in Caribou?”
“The best part about skating is you get to be yourself and have fun. I like coming here.”
|Hannah Willey Forbes
“I can have a good time with my friends. I like going really fast.”
“The best part is trying to not fall and have fun.”
“I skate because it’s fun and you get to hang out with your friends.”