The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a House-Museum, and is alive with activities that represent what Lucy Craft Laney lived and worked for in the Augusta area. In addition to exhibitions and lectures, the museum provides arts, history, preservation programs and storytelling activities.
For the men in Robert Dutcher's family, nearly everything comes back to bowling. Robert's father, Barry, spent 30 years as a pinsetter mechanic and avid league bowler in Reno, Nevada. Following his father's path, Robert acted as pinsetter mechanic for the comedy classic Kingpin and won three consecutive Reno City Masters tournaments, once with a record 299.
Even after Robert moved to South Carolina for college, bowling still held him in its thrall. In March 2013, he decided to revitalize the more-than-50-year-old previously named Aiken Bowl, named for the American Idol?winning singer who famously lived inside its ball-return system for most of his teens. Now renamed StrikeHouse Bowl, the historic bowling center now hosts classic alley festivities, from Thursday league nights to cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday, when blacklights cast a neon glow over the lanes until 1 a.m. Until 9 p.m., patrons can reenergize at the in-house snack bar, whose treats run the gamut from macaroni bites to pepperoni pizza, and concessions are available until close.
Baldwin Bowling Center’s 24 polished lanes reflect gleaming overhead lights and the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they rack up spares and strikes with gutter-hugging curves. Automatic scoring systems keep track of each frame, freeing up bowlers to focus on hunting elusive turkeys and clearing the gutters of dried-up pins. The bowling center’s snack bar replaces energy lost while hurling balls or smashing buttons in the arcade room, which harbors games designed to further test one’s sharpshooting accuracy. During cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday evenings, glowing lights flood the lanes and the sounds of pins crashing share the airwaves with pulsating dance beats. Make reservations ahead of time to bowl from Sunday through Wednesday.
The sound hits you the moment you walk through the doors: the unmistakable clatter of bowling pins as they scatter from the ball?s force. Again and again, the sound resonates in the air at JC's Lexington Bowl as people toss their bowling balls down the lanes. The bowling alley offers refreshments and food to refuel patrons during games, with such eats as chili dogs, philly cheese steaks, pizzas, and funnel cakes.