Seems hard to imagine that, at one time, people would dress up, do their hair and break out their trendiest clothes to roller skate — yet, among the older end of the Island's nightlife crowd, many surely have fond memories of those largely bygone days.
There were a number of roller rinks around the Island during the 1970s and 1980s — even as recently as the early 1990s — and for those who skate today, the concept that hundreds of people would eschew pads and helmets for fashionable duds and well-groomed hair may seem untenable. Nonetheless, with light displays and DJs spinning hot music, the roller party was once a solid part of the nightlife scene.
Today, there are fewer rinks to go around, and roller skating is undoubtedly a diminished practice among those who like to go out at night. However, for anyone seeking a retro experience, the “Bounce, Rock, Skate Christmas Toy Drive” set for Thursday, Dec. 20 may be worthy of consideration.
Roller boogie fans of all ages are invited to attend this fundraiser to be held at United Skates of America (1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford, 516-795-5474) from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. All who attend are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy (with an approximate value of $10-$15), and in return will receive a night of skating with beats to be supplied by DJs Rob James and Mr. Niceness — which means guests will likely hear tunes ranging in genre from disco and rock to house music, hip-hop and classic jams.
Skate rentals are $5; for more information, check out United Skates online at unitedskates.com/seaford.