by Bill Malcolm
Roaring 20s bowling tournament comes to town
Over 200 bowlers and guests will be attending the Greater Indianapolis Fourth of July Classic bowling tournament which will be held July 3-July 5. This is the 20th year of the tournament. The theme this year is the Roaring 20s. The bowling events will be held at Western Bowl on Saturday and Sunday, with the closing banquet Sunday night at the Alexander Hotel.
Also for the 20th year, their primary sponsor and host bar is Gregs. Details at www.tgif-classic.org or on Facebook.
In other news, fall/winter bowling leagues will be forming in August and September. Stay tuned for details.
Softball starts second season at new field
After some cool weather rain delay washouts, the Circle City Pride softball season started on June 14. The teams will meet on June 28, July 19, July 26, and August 2. The season tournament will be on August 9. All games are played at the new Hoosier Athletic Center which is at 10508 US-136 on the far west side of town (in Clermont). After the games, they are off to the bar of the week.
They have seven teams this year: Tini, 45 Degrees, Fusion, Swingers, M.K. Law, Indy Pride, and Hit Squad. Details on their Facebook site.
IndyTennis meets Saturdays at Riverside Park
IndyTennis meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Riverside Park in Indianapolis. Everyone welcome – beginners to advanced. They have a great “ladder” play which allows you to play other players of similar ability levels.
The team had a very successful weekend at the Queen City Open in Cincinnati recently with 19 attending from Indy. Two players also went to the Canadian Open in Toronto and also will be headed to the Chicago tournament being held at Northwestern University in Evanston.
Other upcoming events include the Columbus Classic which will be held from July 17th-19th, the Motor City Classic from August 15th-17th, and the team’s twelfth annual meet, Indy Tennis Classic, from September 25-27.
Details of this and other teams at www.glta.net.
Summer travel ideas-Montreal on sale
You can’t beat Canada for a trip this summer. The U.S. dollar is worth around $1.20-$1.25 so everything is a bargain saving you 20-25%.
Take Air Canada via Toronto to Montreal – a great airline which provides superior service than many of our U.S. carriers with free live TV on the seat back in front of you.
Montreal in the summer is alive with street festivals. Indeed, St. Catherine’s street in the Village is a pedestrian mall. Bargain hunters will love the Hotel Le St. Andre where fresh baked croissants are delivered to your door for the “petite dejeuner”. Bring your helmet to rent a BixiBike and enjoy a ride down to the Old Port along the St. Lawrence River.
Hike to the top of Mount Royal and enjoy the view of the nearby mountains.
Parlez vous francais? If not, you can hang out on the west side with the Anglophones.
Or meet up with the recent Parisian arrivals and do some shopping on Tony St. Laurent Street.
Enjoy outdoor swimming at the Parc Jean Dreapeau on the St. Helene Island. Have lunch at the nearby Montreal Casino with its stunning French architecture.
Enjoy a visit to the Biodome or the amusement park as well (all on the island). Everything is easily accessible on “The Metro” subway and your $10 fare on the 747 bus from the airport is good for free transit for the next 24 hours. You can’t beat a trip to Montreal.
Enjoy train travel for your vacation this summer.
Take the train for your summer vacation
Don’t forget to consider Amtrak and Amtrak Thruway buses for your summer vacation. They give you options besides the daily Cardinal/Hoosier State train at 6 a.m. from Indianapolis to Chicago.
The two daily Amtrak Thruway buses offer connections in downstate Illinois cities like Galesburg, Champaign-Urbana, and Bloomington/Normal. Amtrak also co-markets the Greyhound Express service to Chicago as an Amtrak Thruway bus.
Going to St. Louis from Indy? Take the 7:30 a.m. bus from Indy to Bloomington/Normal and connect with a train to St. Louis. Take the 12:50 p.m. bus and connect at Bloomington/Normal as well (or connect with the Texas Eagle). Fares from $63.
For Denver, take the Amtrak Thruway bus from Indy. Leave at 7:30 p.m. and connect in Galesburg, IL.
Summer travel on Amtrak is a way to go. Take the Cardinal 3 days a week from Indianapolis $106 to Washington, D.C. Stop in West Virginia and see the New River Gorge or enjoy the Greenbrier Resort. This is the best trip in the east with beautiful scenery the whole way including the New River Gorge.
Indianapolis to Seattle fares from $158 one way
Indianapolis to Glacier National Park in Montana from $153 to Whitefish.