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A Day on the Ice
The day had finally arrived. It was my day to step onto the ice for the very first time! I heard about Savannah's annual Skatefest a few weeks back, that is held at the Savannah Civic Center. I'll be honest, I got really excited, because I had never gone ice-skating before. Lame probably to most, but not to me! I was like a child on her way to the candy store.
As the anticipating grew, I asked my new and fabulous friend (and co-worker) Ellisia to go with me. After all, it was my first time, and I didn't want too many bruises, especially to my ego. She came along to provide "videography," of my first experience on the ice; in reality, she was there to hold my hand and catch me if I were to fall.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by friendly members of the ROTC, who were volunteering their time to assist the Civic Center with the Skatefest event. As they took my shoes and gave me my temporary, bright blue, extremely uncomfortable, size two ice-skates they told us funny stories of numerous people falling and how much fun it was to be working there over the holiday season. This group of young women and men provided excellent service and helped make my experience fantastic.
(Side note to women, do NOT bring your purse with you inside. The staff can not hold personal items, nor watch personal items for you. Nor are there lockers where you could safely leave your belongings. Word of advice, bring inside as little as possible. Meaning for an hour and a half, you can survive with cash and socks!)
It was now time. Giggling like six-year-old little girls, we prepared for my first steps onto the ice. I was getting nervous because there were A LOT of people skating, and A LOT of them were really, really good. But I braced myself (and prepared to bust it) and pushed off from the wall. I must admit it was kind of thrilling for a wee-bit; but then I was panic stricken. Lots and lots of people crowding around me, racing past at what seemed like high speeds, ahhhhh... Deep breath, I can do it. And I did it!! After a few moments you could call me Peggy Fleming! Ok, maybe not, but I got the hang of things.
We spent the rest of the time cruising and chatting. It was a great deal of fun. I really had a wonderful time and would recommend it to everyone in Savannah, all ages! Click Here to find out more about the Skatefest schedule and when you can take your spin on the ice. The entry fee is $7 per skater and $30 for a five time pass. Definitely a great family activity to enjoy this holiday break.
By: Brianne Baggett