Wintertime blues

December 31, 1997

Wintertime blues

The holidays are over and there's no need to hustle or bustle. Your friends had their parties two weeks ago, and your weekend calendar is looking a bit empty.

Feeling let down? Look at it as an opportunity to do some things busy holiday schedules wouldn't permit.

Here are a few ideas.

- Kate Coleman, Staff Writer

Ice skating

Want to get out of the house and work off some of those cookie calories? Two ice skating rinks recently have opened in the Tri-State area.

Here's how to figure some skating into your weekend at Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex at 580 Security Road in Hagerstown:


Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is $4 and skate rental is $1. Weekend skate is Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and skate rental is $1. For Saturday night, extended skate is 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. Admission is $7, including skate rental. Sunday family skate is 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $15 for four family members and $5 for each additional family member, including skate rental. Cheap Skate is Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $4, including skate rental.

If you go: Take Dual Highway east from Hagerstown. Turn left on Cleveland Avenue at stop light. After Jefferson Boulevard, Cleveland curves to the right and becomes Security Road. Rink is on the left.

For information, call 301-766-9122.

Glide over to Doris I. Billow Ice Arena, 4880 Buchanan Trail East, Pa. 16, Zullinger, Pa.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there are public skating sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. each day. Admission is $2 for 5 years old and younger; $3 for ages 6 to 12; and $4 for 13 and older. Skate rental fee is $2. Public hockey is from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.; admission is $8.

If you go: Take Interstate 81 north to exit 3 for Greencastle, Pa. Take right onto Pa. 16 east toward Waynesboro, Pa. Go about 5 miles. Rink is on right.

For information, call 1-717-762-0900.

Are you ready to rock?

We're not talking party here, it's real rock - 350-million-year-old rock that you'll see at Sideling Hill, one of the best rock exposures in the Northeastern United States, according to information provided by Tammy Guinn, staff supervisor at Sideling Hill Exhibit Center.

Since its August 1991 opening, through November 1997, visitors to the four-story center have numbered more than three million. Exhibits and staff members provide information about Western Maryland, its geology, history and the construction of the 340-foot-deep road cut. Blasting took 220,000 pounds of explosives and 16 months. The finished highway, Interstate 68, opened in August 1985.

There's tourism and travel information, a pedestrian bridge named for the late Maryland State Senator Victor Cushwa, a memorial to Maryland Vietnam Veterans and handicapped accessible rest rooms open around the clock. Two couples who love the hill were married there, according to Guinn.

If you go: Sideling Hill Exhibit Center is on Interstate 68, six miles west of Hancock. Take Interstate 70 west toward Hancock. Follow signs to Sideling Hill.

The exhibit center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 301-678-5442.

Programs for tour and school groups are available.

For information, call 301-842-2155.

Snow tubing

Would you like a little fresh air, but you're not quite in shape for schussing the ski slopes?

Coolfont, a 1,300-acre resort near Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has an alternative that sounds like fun - a new snow tubing park.

There are 10 800- to 900-foot-long runs with a vertical drop of about 95 feet. Tubers - not potatoes, but people on vinyl inner tubes - slide down the mountain at speeds up to 35 miles an hour. At the bottom, their tubes are hooked to the lift and pulled up the ridge for the next go-down.

The runs, which are 10 feet apart, each can accommodate a slider every 45 seconds, according to Paul Klasse, Coolfont's sales and marketing director. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each session.

Coolfont has been making snow, and the tubing park will open this weekend, depending on temperature and humidity.

Rates Mondays through Thursdays from 1 to 9 p.m. are $15 for four hours and $10 for two hours.

Friday rates are $15 for four hours and $10 for two hours from noon to 4 p.m. Premium rates are $15 for two hours and $10 for one hour from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays.

Premium rates of $15 for two hours are in effect Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Slide Sundays from 1 to 9 p.m. for $15 for four hours.

If you go: Take Interstate 70 west to exit 1 B. Follow U.S. 522 south toward Hancock and Winchester, Va., and signs to Berkeley Springs. Take right at first light (W.Va. 9 west), go one mile up the hill to first left (Cold Run Valley Road) and follow signs to Coolfont, 3 1/2 miles on left at 1777 Cold Run Valley Road in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

For information, call 1-800-888-8768.

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