When you brag about Baltimore, don't forget duckpins

Small-scale bowling began here and is still rolling

Outside: sports, activities, events

January 08, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Baltimore has well-known sports mascots and decades-old marvels of culture and kitsch: Orioles and Ravens. Hons and Hairspray.

But the port town is home to another, less celebrated, phenomenon: duckpin bowling.

Charm City, after all, is where the sport began. It was in the early 1900s, at the old Diamond bowling alley on Howard Street, that the duckpin game began. Today, Baltimore players have their own association, the Baltimore Duckpin Bowlers Association, and the sport even has a national regulatory congress.

So if you're in the mood to try a winter activity with a local flavor, then head no farther than your local alley.

Here are a few of the duckpin bowling centers in Baltimore. Hours of operation may be fluid, so call ahead to make sure that lanes are open and available.

Edgemere Bowl

6808 North Point Road

Hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays, 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursdays, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-11 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-477-0717.

Parkville Lanes

7607 Harford Road

Closing times vary, but the lanes open at 9 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays and at noon on Sundays. Call 410-444-6100.

Patterson Bowling Center

2105 Eastern Ave.

Winter hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-675-1011 or visit www .pattersonbowl.com.

Pinland Lanes

10 N. Dundalk Ave.

Hours 9 a.m.-9:30 Monday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m.-midnight Fridays, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-285-0135.

Seidel Bowling Lanes

4443 Belair Road

Hours are 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-485-5171.

Taylor's Stoneleigh Duckpin Bowling Center

6703 York Road

Hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesdays, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-377-8115.

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