Wythe Recreation Center/Bowling Alley
2200 Kecoughtan Road
Hampton, VA


mid 1940s    
Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
of VA - 03/18/06
WOWZERONI!  Thanks, Tom!


There were five bowling alleys here in 1945. They were:

Health Center Bowling Alley - 3212 Huntington Avenue 
Mayflower Health & Recreation Center - 33 Darlington Avenue (Phoebus)
Metropolitan Bowling Alleys - 28191/2 Washington Avenue
Sports Bowl - 7400 Virginia Avenue
Wythe Recreation Center - 2200 Kecoughtan Road

The ad for Sports Bowl lists it as the Peninsula's newest center with 24 lanes.
This must have been about the time it opened. The building is still there,
but it now houses a High Point furniture outlet store.

- Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 03/17/06
WOWZERS!!!  An exact address and everything!  Thanks so much, Mike!


The Wythe Bowling Alley was on the second floor of the strip mall at the corner of Kecoughtan Road
and Wythe Parkway, across the street from the shopping center where the Wythe Theatre was located.
It was a duck pin alley, and was owned by Leon Smith, who was the father of Mannie Smith,
who I believe graduated from NNHS in 1957.

- Donnie Satisky ('56) of OR - 03/17/06
YES!!!  That's it exactly!
And Leon Smith was the brother of Joseph Smith, the attorney.  And Joseph was the father
of Howard Smith ('63), Janet Smith Pitler ('65), and Steve Smith ('66), all still of VA!
Thanks, Donnie!

The funny thing is, I used to go here quite a bit to play duck pins during my sophomore year. 
But I only remember being there. I didn't remember (until I was told back in October) where it was,
or driving there, or getting up to the second story, or any of a number of details of that nature. 
I can "see" the inside and the lanes quite clearly, though. And of course I remember what I was wearing
there one night in January of 1963 - a charcoal grey sweater with matching charcoal grey and maize
plaid wool lined slacks. But then my red bowling shoes clashed with my outfit. WILD GIGGLES!!!

Ah, yes, that was the night (due to my wondrous curve ball) I bowled an entire game, and got a 7 -
a 4 and a 3, and the rest were all gutter balls. And in the very next game that same night, I bowled a 143.

See? I don't always forget everything!.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 03/17/05

Wythe Bowling Alley was at 2200 Kecoughtan Road, on the second floor of a shopping center. It was known
as Wythe Recreation Center ... it should be listed in that 45-46 phone book (of Mike Leonard's - '68 - of VA).
Here is a picture of it .... this will be in the Images of America book we are developing on the history of Olde Wythe.
This picture, courtesy of Wythe Fire Department, was from the mid 40s when the bowling alley burned up.

- Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 03/18/06
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks, Tom!

Penny Lane

Words and Music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon

(The Beatles, Recorded: December 29-30, 1966; January 4-6, 9-10, 12 and 17, 1967)

In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs,
of every head he's had the pleasure to know.
And all the people that come and go,
stop and say hello.

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar,
the little children laugh at him behind his back.
And the banker never wears a mack,
in the pouring rain, very strange.

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
I sit, and meanwhile back.

In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass,
and in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.
He likes to keep his fire engine clean,
it's a clean machine.

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
A four of fish and finger pies,
in summer, meanwhile back.

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout,
the pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray.
And tho' she feels as if she's in a play,
she is anyway.

In Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer,
we see the banker sitting waiting for a trim.
And then the fireman rushes in,
from the pouring rain, very strange.

Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
I sit, and meanwhile back.
Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
Penny Lane.

(This page was created on 03/17/06.)

Wellllll ..... the key words by which to determine a song: ball, pins, strike,
spare ..... hmmmm, drawing blanks there. Oh, yes one more word: LANE.
A bowling alley is comprised of lanes.
But, what song talks about "lanes"? Only one that I can think of:

"Penny Lane" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/2729/index2.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/18/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Penny Lane" lyrics courtesy of http://www.delta.ro/beatles/lyrics/ppennylan.html
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/18/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Best I could do at 0015 on a Saturday morning.

And it's perfect, of course!
Thanks, Dave!

Bowling ball and Pins clip art courtesy of http://www.caslt.org/research/bowling.htm - 03/17/06

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