It's another hot midsummer day in Carroll County.
A couple of youngsters need to be entertained.
Dad's at work, and, as the kids are so fond of saying, "There's nothing to do."
How do you entertain youngsters when the temperature's in the 90s, and there's no relief in sight? Easy.
Head for JoeRineer's Mount Airy Lanes and bowl duckpins -- in air-conditioned comfort.
Without packing up a ton of equipment or toys or food, justjump in the car and go.
New to the bowling game?
No problem. The staff at Mount Airy Lanes or any other bowling center in Carroll is ready and more than willing to help the novice.
Don't know how to keep score?
No problem. The Mount Airy Lanes scoring system willkeep score for you; it's automatic.
Don't have bowling shoes? Or duckpin bowling balls?
No problem. Rent them at the center.
Lorie Hohl and Regina Pare found out just how easy it is to take the kids bowling.
And by accident, the youngsters found out how much fun bowling is.
Hohl lives in Mount Airy with her husband, Kenneth, a computer analyst, and her daughters, Jennifer, 8, and Shannon, 4.
Pare, her husband, Jacques, and their daughters, Angela, 8, and Crystal, 7, also live in Mount Airy.
Neither mother was a duckpin bowler, and on this particular morning they were just supervising the girls.
Regina did bowl tenpins last season and carried a 135 average with a high game of 191.
But duckpins is much better as a sport forthe whole family, she said.
"We're planning on bowling duckpins as a family (now)," Regina said. "The smaller balls are easier for thechildren to hold. And I think it's a lot of fun."
Hohl had never bowled.
"But I'm going to start," she said. "The girls think it's great, and it's a game we can all play together.
"And the weather doesn't stop you from bowling," Hohl said. "It's something the whole family
can do at any time."
And how was all this enthusiasm generated for duckpin bowling?
As it said early in the column, by accident.
Twins Gabe and Harry Boumel had a birthday party at Mount Airy Lanes, and Jennifer Hohl was invited.
That's all it took.
Jennifer knows a good things when she finds it.
It was a quick stepfrom the birthday party to having Mom and her friend, Regina, organizing their own bowling party.
Try it, you'll like it.
There's still time to bowl in the second-annual Country Club Classic Tournament at Country Club Lanes today and next weekend, with the finish on Aug. 17.
Prizes of $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third are guaranteed.
This weekend is a Mega-Pot Weekend, with the high game of both squads worth $100.
Next weekend will see the two highest games of both squads receiving a choice of a black, blue, red or pink Hammer bowling ball.
The Summer Foursome team event and the Mix or Match Doubles event are drawing to a close, with two more weekends of tournament bowling left, Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 17-18 for both events.
The Summer Foursome team can consist of women, men or mixed teams.
First place is worth $1,500.
The Mix or Match Doubles event can be women, men or mixed doubles.
They will have a guaranteed first-place prize of $1,000.
Both tournaments are ABC- and WIBC-sanctioned and will use a handicap basis of 220 scratch, with a handicap of 90 percent for women and 80 percent for men.
Information: 838-4360 or 879-8255.
The Amateur Bowlers Tour is canceling its Baltimore-area tournaments.
Prepaid entry fees may be applied to the Washington tournaments that will continue to take place.
The Crofton Centre tournament scheduled for Labor Day weekend will take place as a combination Baltimore-Washington event.
That's right, "Duckpin Magic" is back, and Home Team Sports has it.
Every Saturday at 10 a.m. on Home Team Sports you can watch the finest in duckpin bowling.
Carroll County's own Joe Rineer will continue to do the color commentary on this popular show that features the best amateur and professional duckpin bowlers.
It is truly duckpin excitement.