One of the joys of low season in Vallarta is that the busy folks like Tim Longpre of www.pvrpv.com vacation rentals can take a break and organize something to benefit the community that sticks it out year ’round in Vallarta… humidity, rain and all (ok it ain’t that bad really but it has sure felt hot these last few days!). Last year Tim lead a group of volunteers in gathering beans, rice and other food for those in need around Vallarta. This year, he’s adding a bit of community spirit to the mix with the first ever bowling league at Vallarta’s Superama Bowling Alley behind Collage nightclub in the Marina area. Each Wednesday at 7pm, a group of about 50 mostly local expats, residents and a smattering of tourists share the 18 lanes for 3 games of league style bowling. Waiters server drinks and snacks at reasonable prices and another group of about 20 onlookers watched the bowlers on the night I attended. A huge party is planned for the final night of bowling and raffle tickets have been sold each week to raise money for the big party.
When I heard about the leagues I thought about my Mom and since we returned to PV a few days ago for my brothers wedding, we took advantage of the opportunity before the crowd arrives for the wedding and offered to sub for any missing regular players. Mom was a very good bowler a few years back and I thought she enjoy meeting the group that has assembled for these weekly soirees so I sorta volunteered her to be sub. She filled in for Joanne Cimini and had a great time. It took her a while to get back into the “swing” of it but once she did, she bowled 3 very respectable games, keeping up with her teammates (ok, not always), the “Misfits” (which was, ironically, the name of her team in the 80’s). She did bowl several strikes and spares and her team members cheered her and each other quite well.
It was an impressive accomplishment, bringing all of us together for something different and fun. Much of the staff at PVRPV has been bowling each Wednesday and have been amazingly well organized (as always) putting the bowling event together for everyone. Great job. Hope we get to try again next week. If you want to bowl while you’re here on vacation email the folks at www.pvrpv.com. They will take care of setting you up to sub just as they did us.
Friday, we’re off to Karaoke night. I’ll report back. My mom actually sings better than she bowls. Oh yeah, I was going to bowl but I forgot my socks. Next time.