Like exchanging insurance information after a fender bender, going bowling combines the pleasantries of social interaction with the visceral joy of solid objects colliding. Wreck some pins with today’s Groupon: for $25, you and up to four friends get two hours of unlimited duckpin bowling in a single lane (a $40 value) including shoe rental (a $3 value/person) at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston (up to a $55 total value).
Since 1959, rollers have been zipping spherical missiles down Town Hall Lanes' 32 well-kept bowling corridors. Though similar in concept to the more familiar form of 10-pin punishment, duckpin bowling differs in that its frames permit competitors three rolls rather than two. The balls used in the game are also smaller and lack holes for fingers, making them less unwieldy for youngsters or phalange-less manatees. Even well-versed bowlers will have to bisect lanes with preternatural precision and power to scatter the 10 duckpins, as their lightweight structure makes bowling a strike much more difficult. The short, squat shape of the pins adds to the challenge and recalls the days when bowlers improvised their own games using nothing but factory-rejected cola bottles.
Town Hall Lanes
At Town Hall Lanes, 32 glossy lanes await the rolling of palm-sized bowling balls towards the short, squat duckpins. Scores are kept by an automatic system, rather than old-school methods by hand and deliberate lies, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the lights turn low for cosmic bowling. Between games, players find refreshment at the lounge or arrange for a bowling party to celebrate birthdays or special events.
1463 Atwood Ave.
Johnston, Rhode Island 02919