Cape Ann Lanes candlepin bowling: Thursdays Veterans League

Photos of candlepin bowling league from Pauline- on Thursday nights it’s Cape Ann Veterans at Cape Ann Lanes, Gloucester, MA.  Contact Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services about the fun league. Contact Cape Ann Lanes about the other nights: it’s a happening spot! Thanks for sharing photos, Pauline and Adam!

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Worcester, MA, is the place where Candlepin started, mid 1800s and roughly the same time period as interest in golf spread. Unlike golf which spread everywhere, candlepin stuck around New England. Some people feel that’s because it’s harder than 10 pin. Who remembers Candlepin Bowling competitions on Channel 5 (1950s-1970s), later other channels (1970s-1990s), one of the most hidden watched sports on TV? It may have been on in the ‘background’, but it was a staple. Did they have bars then? Here’s some vintage inspiration, one with sportscaster Don Gillis 1992

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