March 20, 2004

March recreation report

Jennifer Glaab, Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Dryden, gave a detailed report at last Thursday's Town Board meeting, noting that winter events were wrapping up while spring events are getting started.

Contra dancing was starting up at Varna Community Center on March 14th, followed by Dryden Fire Hall on the 21st, Freeville Fire Hall on April 4th, and Bethel Grove Community Center on April 11th, all from 2:30-4:30pm, $3 per person and $2.50 for seniors and children under 12.

Contra dancing coming to Dryden Fire Hall
Contra dancing coming to Dryden Fire Hall

The recreation department has also set up a free April 3rd performance of the Shanty Band, from Ithaca College, at Dryden Elementary at 7:30pm, as well as a free Easter Egg Hunt for children eight and under in Montgomery Park on April 10th at 1pm. Neptune Hose Company and Specialty Trophy and Awards are co-sponsoring.

On the 24th of April, and also free, the Pepsi Pitch, Hit, & Run competition will be at the Dryden Middle School and High School fields. (The Dryden Courier notes that 10-year Howie Frisco, of Freeville, won there last year and won at the state level as well.)

Basketball finished in mid-March for both boys and girls. After-school ice skating (at The Rink in Lansing) had 72 attendees. The department was sponsoring a wrestling tournament on the 20th of March, while spring sports are just getting started.

Lacrosse is starting up, with a $25 registration fee, open to 8-year-olds through seventh graders. The Town of Dryden is funding a modified lacrosse program this year, in the expectation that fund-raising will cover this in the future, and the Dryden Central School District is administering it, though it's open to all residents of the Town of Dryden whether they live in the school district or not.

Kiwanis baseball and softball were just getting started, and registrations were still being accepted to April 1. New this spring is an eight-week after-school archery program with Klein's Archery, which costs $80 for one day a week of archery or $150 for two. It runs from April 12 to the first week of June. Children in grades 1-6 can participate. Klein's added the Town of Dryden to its insurance, and Klein's is paying the town $200 - four partial scholarships of $40, and $40 for promotion. The town is also coordinating transportation. Glaab noted that archery was popular on the recreation surveys the town has conducted recently.

County Legislator Martha Robertson asked if Town of Dryden activities were open to non-residents, and Glaab said that they were, at the same fees.

As the March 17 Dryden Courier notes, Councilman Steve Stelick concluded Glaab's report with a huge thank you, noting that "no one could imagine what you could accomplish in a year."

(If you'd like a detailed schedule of recreation events in Dryden, the town site includes a calendar of events, complete with details and forms, as well as a list of events.)

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