Hagerstown ice rink holding holiday show

December 17, 1998

Holiday on Icephoto: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Balanced on single blades, toy soldiers, reindeer, snowflakes and Santa will demonstrate their talents this weekend at Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex in Hagerstown.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, the jolly old elf will show off his balancing skills from 2 to 3:50 p.m. during "Skate with Santa" at the rink.

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"The Night Before Christmas as Told by Grandpa," a holiday figure-skating show, will be performed Sunday, Dec. 20, from noon to 1:50 p.m.


A total of 48 skaters, ranging in age from 3 to adult, will perform to assorted Christmas favorites, including "Silent Night," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing."

Twenty-eight of the skaters are from Hagerstown and the rest are from Cumberland, Md., says Jennifer Kaszubski, skating director at Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex and Cumberland YMCA.

The show will feature groups, couples and solos.

Among the soloists are Emily Keller, 13, of Hagerstown, who will skate to "Ave Maria," and Daniel Pino, 12, of Hagerstown, who will perform to "I Saw Three Ships." Keller has the abilities of an 18-year-old, Kaszubski says, and Pino seems to be a natural, having just started skating lessons a few weeks ago.

Ice dancing also will be featured. "It's mostly intricate footwork," rather than lifts or flashy jumps, Kaszubski says.

One dollar from each of the tickets sold to Sunday's ice show will go into a fund for a therapeutic skating program for the physically, mentally and emotionally challenged.

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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