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Front Page / Mar. 28, 2013 10:57am EDT

Randolph Lanes Offer Open Bowling for Everyone
By Marjorie Drysdale


The lanes are bustling with both league and individual play each night as bowling becomes more and more popular. 
[PHOTO BY TIM CALABRO] The lanes are bustling with both league and individual play each night as bowling becomes more and more popular. [PHOTO BY TIM CALABRO] It wouldn’t have happened without the Warners. Wayne Warner, a Randolph native, met his future wife Karen when she moved into town as a sophomore in high school. They’ve been a team ever since, and bowling fans in the towns around Randolph have all benefited.

Their Valley Bowl on Prince Street is alive with bowling seven days a week, along with a game room including a pool table, air hockey, and arcade games. There’s a great menu with appetizers, salads, pizzas, subs, hot dogs and burgers, fried seafood and much more. They also have a full bar, and even have a brew all their own on tap, Valley Ale, brewed for them by Otter Creek. It’s a popular place for birthday parties and other celebrations.

But in November of 2005, the situation looked bleak. The old Rose Bowl business, on South Main Street south of town had closed, and it looked like there would be no more bowling in Randolph.


Wayne and Karen Warner started Valley Bowl in 2006 and have managed to revitalize bowling in the Randolph area. 
[PHOTO BY TIM CALABRO] Wayne and Karen Warner started Valley Bowl in 2006 and have managed to revitalize bowling in the Randolph area. [PHOTO BY TIM CALABRO] Wayne and Karen decided to save bowling in Randolph, and with help from the Randolph National Bank, they did. It was a huge project to move a bowling alley, but by January 15, 2006 Randolph’s new “Valley Bowl” was up and running. “The sheetrockers came in here with a team of 12 and finished putting up the sheet rock in one day!” exclaims Wayne.

Now, the building is a bustle of activity. Currently, the winter youth and adult leagues are running both co-ed teams and teams specifically for guys or gals.

The corporate cup league begins in early May, and will run for six weeks with companies sponsoring four-person teams. It’s a short league for bowlers of all abilities, providing area businesses and civic groups a chance for a little fun competition. And yes, there’s a big trophy for the winning team to display all year!

In mid-June the youth/adult summer league starts up with teams of two youths and two adults. Participants can sign up individually, as a partial team or as a full team of four. It’s a fun league and a good way to have some fun with the area’s youth. As always, bowlers of all abilities are welcome!

The state Principal’s Association provided a boost this winter when it allowed bowling to become a varsity sport. The RUHS team has been practicing at Valley Bowl after school twice a week and holding events.

“The season just finished up. The kids had a good time, and so did we!” said Wayne. In the summer, Valley Bowl will just be open Monday-Friday. “We have learned that when the weather gets warm and sunny,” explains Karen, “most folks prefer to spend their weekends outdoors.”

“Valley Bowl to Go”

Perhaps you have seen Wayne or Karen at a local event, standing behind a table pouring drinks, or serving summer foods from their concession truck. That’s because they also run “Valley Bowl To Go,” a popular food and bar catering, concession and DJ service. That’s the business that really picks up in the summer-for good reason.

“If you are planning an event and you want to include a bar,” Wayne says, “by law, you are responsible, even if your guests bring their own liquor.

“We can take that liability off your shoulders. If someone has ‘had enough,’ you don’t have to be the one to tell him.”

The Warners’ DJ services are reasonably priced at $600 for four hours. “We don’t have a fancy light show,” Karen explains. “Most people just want good music at a fair price.” “We both enjoy music,” adds Karen. “I worked in radio for over 15 years, so this is a natural fit for us.”

For details and date availability, call 728-4525.

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