New season. New manager. New tournaments. New look. But some things will remain the same at Fair Lanes Edgewood.
You'll notice new carpets and paint and a new manager, but there'll be old faces, old tournaments and old friends to make you feel at home.
And in October, Hugh McCarthy, the new manager, will get married.
"Things are moving rapidly," McCarthy laughed, "A new position and a new wife."
McCarthy, 25, is a native of Baltimore County and lives in Owings Mills, "but I'll be moving to this area later."
After a hitch in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1991, he worked locally for a year before joining Fair Lanes last year.
"That's when I started bowling tenpins," he said, "My bowling before had been duckpins and there's a big difference in the two sports."
Still, he carried a respectable 163 average in his first season and fired a high game of 246, a high set of 607; not bad for a guy who learned his bowling on the duckpin lanes at the Liberty center as a youngster.
And he only had time to bowl in a single league, on Tuesdays at Fair Lanes Timonium.
Another new thing at Edgewood this year will be a King of the Hill monthly tournament; one of the old things is the return of the 9-No Tap tournament.
The third annual Labor Day Weekend 9-No Tap Doubles Tournament drew 50 teams to the Edgewood center.
A prize of $750 was distributed and, some impressive numbers were thrown.
Gerry Cannon hammered out a 799 set, and John Vananzo (director of the event) fired a 780. Their scratch figure of 1,579 added with 18 handicap pins for the winning figure of 1,597 and a check for $300.
Jim Alt and James Morson took home a check for $100 for their high scratch figure of 1,419.
The high single handicap check for $100 went to Kevin Harrington for his 852 series.
And Vananzo wasn't finished picking up prizes. He teamed with his wife, Eileen, a 179-average tenpin bowler, to post a 1,534 total that was good for third place and $150.
Eileen shot a 707 series and John added the tournament high set of 827.
The Vananzo family lives in Joppa. Last year John added a fifth 300 game to his career total while maintaining a 221 average.