Do you miss the days of hanging out at the local skating ring? Do you regret NOT spending more time lacing up your skates and rolling around, care-free, to your favorite songs? Afraid those ankles and leg muscles aren’t what they used to be and keep avoiding the possibility of making a fool of yourself? Well you’re not alone! And you don’t have to wait any longer.

QCA Adult Skate is a local group started by Trisha Allers from the Quad City Rollers, to bring adult skaters together in the Quad Cities. Trisha approached Skate City manager Kyle Cord last year with the idea of starting up some local Adult Skate Nights. This idea was warmly accepted and turned into monthly Adult Skate events at Skate City in East Moline. There were a few themed nights, including a 70’s and 80’s night. Last December the Adult Skate was moved to the Eldridge Community Center and Skatepark with a luau theme. The events were held in January and February of this year in Eldridge, as well. The next two events will be held at Skate City with a break in May. “We are in the works of partnering in Eldridge with the Quad City Rollers and Moonlight Burlesque in June. We think this is going to be a fun opportunity” Trisha shared. You can stay up to date on all of their events on the QCA Adult Skate Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/QCA-Adult-Skate-898454236931031/.

This Sunday, March 12 from 5:30-8:30 pm QCA Adult Skate will be holding their Adult Skate #11 at Skate City QCA & Laser Tag Alley (1140 Avenue of the Cities East Moline). This is an 18 and up adult skate night. Admission is $5 and there is a $2 skate rental (if you’re not comfortable with breaking out your decades-old skates).

There will be many fun activities to enjoy this night. Manager Kyle Cord says he has found that the adult skaters “love to do races.  We set up the cones and call age groups when possible.  Races are a big hit during any session we do. No gator… I think the adults are afraid they won’t get back up.” Good call, Kyle. You can also enjoy some of their pizza, nachos, large soft pretzels and soda. There is no alcohol served, which is probably for the best considering most patrons haven’t put on skates since the fifth grade. In addition to the races, there is always a couples skate. They also do backwards, reverse direction and backwards reverse direction.

Getting the buzz out about skating is one of Trisha Allers’ greatest passions. She says, “Adult skate nights are a fun safe place for adults to skate.  You see everything from people who grew up skating in the local area rinks (like Eldridge, Skate Ranch, Skate Land, and Kimberly Pines), to brand new never skates, rhythm and jam skaters, speed skates, and even roller derby girls.  You also have adults ranging from 18 all the way up into their 70s or older, it is a rather diverse group of people.”  One local skater, Jon Scott, loves the Adult Skates. He says it reminds him of growing up at Skateland and he loves that he can now pass the torch onto his own son, too. His suggestion to anyone hesitating about checking out the Adult Skates is to “just show up like you would have when you were younger and even if you don’t skate come watch and enjoy the atmosphere and most likely you will see an old familiar face.”

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics for QuadCities.com.