The clatter of fallen pins makes for a great party soundtrack at Stanton Lanes. Kids as young as three can host their birthday celebrations here, and to make sure that they score on the lanes, the staff engages ramps, bumpers, and motivational speakers that follow each rolling ball. Teens also throw parties to the tune of current hit songs, whereas adults gather for pizza- and coffee-fueled soirees. Of course, in the absence of a special event, bowlers arrive to pummel pins during open bowl.
Amid Bowl Mor Lanes' smoke-free environment, friends and families alike toss miniature globes down slick lanes during three games of pin-pummeling excitement. Parties of two or four step into stylish bowling shoes and devise strategies to conquer small armies of 300 pins apiece. Like buying laundry detergent, bowlers selecting a lane have 24 choices that are all pretty much the same. Parties of four take respite at the Lucky Lane Cafe, where a 16-inch cheese pizza awaits division by its conquerors.
Sardo’s dishes up an opulent array of eatables, featuring a wealth of specialty pizzas built from hand-tossed dough and fresh toppings that are prepared daily. The extensive menu sates grumbling stomachs and forgotten geometric taste buds with triangular slices ($1.75 each) or colossal circles, such as a 16-inch Sardo’s Paradise, a twice-baked disk smothered in garlic and tomato sauce and sprinkled with sausage, pepperoni, and a variety of vegetables under a bubbling canopy of mozzarella and ricotta cheese ($18.99). Friday and Saturday nights battered-haddock sandwiches ($5.99) and dinners ($7.99) materialize on menu pages like an edible Brigadoon, delighting palates before vanishing into the misty depths of patrons' stomachs. Pasta dishes lift up orders of chicken or eggplant parmigiana on litters of penne pasta ($7.49) and chicken wings ($6.99 for 10) coat fingers and content grins with your choice from seven sauces.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Lighthouse Lanes gets bowlers grooving to a light show set to music during cosmic bowling. Even a day spent at open bowling is electrifying, with bowlers sending bright colored balls down glossy lanes. Automatic scorers keep track of who's in the lead, so players don't have to assign someone to take video. Lane-side activities include a video-game arcade and a cozy lounge filled with flat-screen televisions.
The night after John Chacko, a hardworking man about to realize his dream, purchased the Jimmy's Central Lanes bowling alley, a roiling flood ripped over the banks of the Susquehanna River and destroyed the site. As a solitary man standing amid the wreckage, it would have been easy to walk away, but that wasn't his style. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves, ripped down the walls, and pulled up the floors. Not even a nail could be salvaged, but his love for the alley was still fully intact.
Today, it's hard to believe Chacko's was once under water. New lanes run as far as the eye can see, marked by fluorescent purples and blues, and a Memory Lane Lounge offers respite with draft beer and flat-screen TVs. But Dan Chacko still remembers the deluge. Bowling-alley patrons can stop into his pro shop and pick his brain about that breathtaking flood, or they can seek his advice on bowling-related matters such as how to pick up a split or how to match your wardrobe to your bowling shoes.