Good news at Convention Hall: Roller Skating

    Last week I told you about the fight over flood insurance at Convention Hall in Cape May (short version: how the building didn’t have it, who should pay for it and pay to relocate a 100 sq.-ft. room that puts the building under FEMA elevation requirements). That’s bad. But something is going well at the new $10.5 million building: roller skating.

    In January, roller skating came back to Cape May. It had been an off season activity in the Convention Hall, which was condemned in 2008, and came back for the new building’s first off season. This started as a Saturday and Sunday activity, but became so popular that Friday nights were added too.

    That’s the good news. The bad news is that this will be the last weekend for it (the high season starts early in Cape May). You can go Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per skater and $2 per non-skaters. You can also rent skates for $2 traditional skates or inline skates for $4.

    I’d hope to take a few turns around the rink after running the Ocean Drive 10 miler, but all I wanted after that race was a bloody mary and a nap. I’ll be back next winter. Convention Hall has the perfect shore off season activity.

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    Jen A. Miller writes the Down the Shore with Jen blog for NewsWorks.org. Jen is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which is now in its second edition.

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