East Boston, October 2014

bowling

central park lanes, east boston (emmaobie)

central park lanes, east boston (emmaobie)

Today's photo comes from Emma who lives in Jamaica Plain and works in sports marketing and event management. Her favorite thing about Boston:

"Summer. Boston comes alive in the summer. With the college kids back home, and the city's population cut in half, you have more space to explore with less crowds! You can go to outdoor movie nights on Boston Harbor or in Jamaica Plain, purchase cool vintage finds and hit up the food trucks at SOWA, dance outside at ICA First Fridays or simply enjoy the city's green space at Jamaica Pond, the Public Garden or Boston Common."


Candlepin bowling, a popular form of bowling in New England, was invented in Worcester (40 miles from Boston) in the late 1800's by two men, Justin "Pop" White, and John J. "Jack" Monsey. White owned a pool and bowling business where many different types of pins were used depending on the  customer's preferences. He found the "ten-pin" (regular bowling) to be too easy and boring so he started experimenting with taller and thinner pins, and smaller balls (without holes) that became very popular. Monsey was responsible for standardizing the game and changing the size of the ball to the current size of 4 1/2 inches. Currently, the pins are 15 3/4 inches in length. Candlepin differs from ten-pin bowling not only in the size of the ball and pins, but also in scoring; each round has three balls instead of two, and the pins are only cleared after each round.

At the time, pinboys and pingirls would reset the pins but they could never reset the pins exactly the same way each time. In the late 1940's, two attorneys from Massachusetts, Howard Dowd and Lionel Barrow, helped change that when they created automatic pinsetters for candlepin.


Want to bowl outside? Langone Park, in the North End/Waterfront, has three Bocce (Italian form of lawn bowling) regulation sized courts. Be prepared to wait in line though, as it is a popular place for locals.