Parks & Recreation Bowling Luau Was a Hit!

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The Parks & Rec Bowling Buddies gather for a group photo for their season end banquet on the pavilion terrace by White’s Pond.

The highly anticipated season end banquet for the Parks and Recreation Bowling Buddies and Bowling Buddies Jr. Group was held at Sunrise Park on Wednesday, May 15. The Pavilion was transformed into a “Tiki Hut” with our beach themed BBQ and Party. The sun was finally breaking through the clouds and smiles were abundant for our annual awards celebration and party. Everyone sang and danced the evening away as our dedicated volunteer-DJ Kevin Landolina kept the great music playing. Sunrise Park is a true gem for Suffield, and it makes a fantastic location for large parties and reunions. We had over eighty attendees from the Bowling Buddies and our new Bowling Buddies Jr. Program.

The Parks and Recreation Bowling Buddies group practices diligently for 30 weeks at Spare Time Lanes in Windsor Locks. The program starts up in September and ending in May. It is our longest-running Parks and Recreation Program. Many of the participants also compete and train for the two Special Olympics Tournaments in the fall and represent Suffield extremely well bringing home many medals and awards. The Bowling Buddies Jr. program was generously sponsored by the Foundation for Exceptional Children headed by Sue Davis and Jill Caron. The younger bowlers also participated in three terrific sessions of bowling and did a terrific job.

The year-end banquet was held to recognize the hard work and dedication of the athletes and Special Partners. Each athlete received a trophy to recognize his or her impressive athleticism throughout the year, engraved with their High Games Scores. The overall team winners were also awarded with plaques. The team-“Alley Cats”-Amanda Rabideau, Mathew Kozaczka, Paul Chabot and Richard Cabot were the overall winners with 167! Russ Weaver receive the Overall High Game Score-224 for men and Amanda Rabideau-180 for women. Blake Hardy received the outstanding sportsmanship plaque and Linda Bayne was awarded the Team Spirit plaque. Everyone really loved the delicious BBQ cooked up by Carol and Bob Chipkin, Diane Leroux and many volunteers. The music and awards ceremony were a blast in our fun, tropical environment.

Many thanks to Awards and More of Enfield for the excellent engraving! Special thanks go out to Spare Time lanes for their generous trophy donation for the group. If you and your family are looking for a great place to bowl and have fun Entertainment, Spare Time Lanes in Windsor Locks is the place to go! A portion of this program was also made possible through a generous donation from the late Daniel Sullivan Jr. family. The Special Partners that are volunteers for the program were also individually recognized with awards. Without the help of the volunteers and Special Partners, this program would not be possible. Special thanks goes out to DJ-Kevin Landolina, Bernice Hollander and Cyndie Rabideau who has helped tremendously this year.

If you are interested in participating as an athlete or volunteering as a Special Partner for the 2019/2020 season please contact-Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, Director of Special Programs at or 860- 668-3862. We have many other fun activities and outings planned throughout the year for the group.

Sign Up For Summer Fun with the Suffield Parks & Rec Department

Are you looking for great programs for your family to make 2019 the best summer ever? You do not have to travel far to make the most beautiful memories. Plan your Suffield “Stay-cation” today. We have a variety of fun programs for the whole family right here in Suffield with the Parks and Recreation Department. With affordable prices, attentive staff and programs that will make you and your family smile, summer is sure to be unforgettable. 

For a full listing of all of our programs, please visit You can register and pay online! If you have any questions, please contact 860-668-3862. There are a variety of new enjoyable camps and programs for the whole family. 

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program!

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