Not even blizzard can keep 'em away from Colorama


March 28, 1993|By DON VITEK

It's the end of winter and Carroll County is digging out fro under a blanket of snow from the Blizzard of '93. A cold wind drops the temperature into single digits and sensible people stay indoors and hug the fireplace.

Enter Colorama and a different breed of bowlers. It's 3p,18l Thursday morning, and Hampstead Bowling Center is filling up with tenpin and duckpin bowlers. Coats and parkas are being shed and boots are being replaced with bowling shoes.

Colorama is a bowling game in which colored pins are added to the racks of regular pins. Different-colored pins in certain positions when racked give the bowler a chance to win money by striking or sparing in that particular frame. It's inexpensive and strictly for fun.

Among the bowlers gathered on that frosty March morning are Pat and Donald Nusbaum.

Casual bowlers from Union Bridge, they've driven to Hampstead lanes soon after the snowy weekend for the best of reasons.

"I like Colorama a lot," Don Nusbaum said. "I have a good time every time that I bowl here."

Don is a tenpin bowler who has scored a 220 high game but doesn't even list an average when talking about bowling. Scores are not the important thing, having a good time is.

Pat Nusbaum's high game is 188, and she averages 125. But her reasons for bowling Colorama are the same as Don's.

"It's lots of fun," she said, "And you might even get lucky and knock down a pin that pays money."

Fran and Craig Snyder and their children, Gary, 11, and Sara, 10, are all duckpin bowlers. Gary, an 85-average bowler, and Sara, with an 87 average, bowl on Saturday mornings at Hampstead in the youth league.

The Upperco residents have to fit bowling into their busy lives. Craig is a lieutenant in the Baltimore County fire department at Catonsville, and Fran works as a nurse and bus driver.

"I started driving the school bus to relive the pressures of nursing," she said. "After driving a school bus with 60 screaming kids in it, I now look on nursing as a relief from driving the bus!"

And Fran manages to fit Colorama into her busy life.

"I enjoy the good times with the other bowlers. I've never met a nasty bowler. And every once in while you get a respectable game [she has a career-high 162 game], which makes it even more fun."

A pretty good substitute

Lee LeTourneu moved to Hampstead from Baltimore County a few years ago.

He bowls at Fair Lanes Owings Mills on Friday in the Late Mixed league at Hampstead lanes. Saturday, he bowls in the Major Travel League.

A duckpin bowler for close to 20 years, LeTourneu carried a 143 average last year. He has a career-high game of 232 and a high series of 541.

He came close to those career-high figures when he subbed March 15 at Hampstead Bowling Center.

LeTourneu had only thrown a few balls when a teammate said, "He's in a grove tonight."

"Yeah, I was in a good grove that night," he said. "I was loose and the pins were moving."

That's an understatement. He threw games of 149, 161 and 220 for a 530 series.

The team he was subbing with that night won all four games.

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