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Figure skaters and hockey players skate in the spotlight

Figure skaters and hockey players skate in the spotlight

December 21, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

While Autumn Phillips enjoys the competition of figure skating, this time it's all for show.

Spectators can witness Autumn's skills on the ice as she and other figure skaters put on an exhibition Saturday during Winterfest 2006.

Even though no trophy is up for grabs, Autumn, 16, of Waynesboro, Pa., is excited about her two solos, including her first self-choreographed solo.

"I'm just pretty excited. I've got a lot of people coming to watch me," says Autumn, who has qualified to attend her second State Games of America competition for young amateur skaters in Colorado Springs, Colo., in August.

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Winterfest 2006 is an opportunity for skating students to show off what they've learned, says Jennifer Snyder, assistant manager and program director for the ice complex.

In addition to singles, pairs and group figure skating exhibitions, there will be a 20-minute exhibition of youth ice hockey, says Melissa Cullers, a figure skating coach.

The 33 to 38 participants in the figure skating exhibition range in age from about 6 to the mid-30s.

For her part, Autumn will perform to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Carol of the Bells" and Kenny Chesney's "The Angel at the Top of My Tree" at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex by Fairgrounds Park.

She is planning some double jumps and spirals, plus several spins.

For information about joining the rink's Learn to Skate program, call Jennifer Snyder at 301-766-9122.

The rink is sponsoring a Hagerstown family in need for the holiday and will still be accepting toys and other gift donations as well as monetary donations during Winterfest, Cullers says. The children are girls ages 3, 7 and 10.




If you go...



WHAT: Winterfest 2006

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23

WHERE: Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, 580 Security Road, Hagerstown (by Fairgrounds Park)

COST: Tickets are $3 in advance; $5 at the door. For tickets, call 301-766-9122 and ask for Jennifer Snyder.

MORE: Food and beverages will be sold at the snack bar. There will be a baked goods table.

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