Sunning at the Bowlathon
Today is the day of our local Big Brothers
Big Sisters “Bowl For Kids’ Sake.”
It’s at Arterial Lanes in Gloversville and starts
at noon until 2PM. I’ll be there greeting the
participants and supervising Herman as he presides over
the bowlathon. This is the 37th year for the Fulton
County Chapter of Big Brothers and the national organization
turned 100 just last year.
year it was a beautiful day for the bowlathon. What I
mean by that is it was very sunny, and so basically I
was outside sunning myself while the bowlers were knocking
pins down inside. I was still greeting people, but I was
outside in the sun at the same time. My smile was bigger
been outside in the sun any chance I can get this winter.
There have been some very warm days in February, which
is unusual. At the time I heard from my mother in Boca
Raton, where it had been cool and cloudy (she had yet
to get her bathing suit on after a week vacationing there)
it seemed the weather was actually better here…which
is saying something for New York in February.
be long now until I can bring my shorts down from storage.
And all my sleeveless tank tops. I’m really getting
tired of wearing heavy clothes and turtlenecks. Today
I’ll be wearing a Big Brothers T-shirt to go with
the festivities. Last year, I had Terry cut off the sleeves
on one of my many Big Brothers T-shirts so now it’s
a tank top and all the better for tanning.
always says that the main part of fund raising is the
“fun” part, and I try to make my part in it
enjoyable. If the sun is shining, so much the better and
I’ll do my greeting on the outside in the sun.
Brothers Big Sisters was one of three groups I got involved
in when I first came to the area. The other two were the
local planning board and the Jewish Community Center where
I used to go to swim. I stopped being on the board at
the JCC when the inaccessible entry became too difficult,
but I still serve on the county planning board and with
Big Brothers Big Sisters.
on volunteer boards is very different from my pursuits
when I was a waiter and aspiring actor out in L.A. But
with time comes perspective, and I think its time to give
something back to the community.
hoping that the bowlathon will be a smashing success.
As for me, if it’s sunny, you’ll see me doing
my bit outside.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com