National Skating Month 2009

Cleveland-area SkateFests
Fourteen SkateFests, featuring autograph sessions, special appearances by U.S. Championships competitors, open skating and free public lessons, will take place in the Cleveland area in conjunction with the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships to celebrate National Skating Month. These events will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at various clubs throughout the city.
Previous National Skating Months
Click on the year below to read about the variety of ways clubs across the country have celebrated National Skating Month.
The John Rose Memorial Oval, Roseville, Minn.
The John Rose Memorial Oval in Roseville, Minn., held an event called "Ice Jam" on Jan. 10. This event was held in conjunction with the figure skating, hockey, bandy and curling clubs in the Twin Cities as well as the Friends of the Oval group. It included a "chili cook-off," in which each user group (figure skating, hockey, etc.) made chili. For $5, attendees purchased a bowl and sampled as many of the chilies as they wanted, and then voted for their favorite. Hockey organized a mite tournament, and each user group set up a display with information about their sport. Download the Ice Jam promotional flyer (PDF) to learn more.

Suburban Ice Macomb and Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena, Mich.
Throughout January, Suburban Ice-Macomb and the Onyx-Rochester Ice Arena will offer Basic Skills members a free open skate for a friend, as well as open houses for Michigan home-school organizations and pre-K and Montessori schools.

Suburban Ice East Lansing, East Lansing, Mich.
Suburban Ice East Lansing's National Skating Month Open House was a huge success. "It was the biggest turn out we've ever had!" said Mo Parisian, skating director at Suburban's East Lansing location. More than 200 people showed up for the free ice festivities and U.S. Figure Skating merchandise. The rink raffled off hats, t-shirts and free learn-to-skate sessions. The Lansing Skating Club joined in by handing out information and showing off the history of figure skaters from the area. The club also gave away embroidered t-shirts, cd holders, pencils, backpacks, water bottle holders and sweatshirts. The lobby was packed, and the excitement was contagious.

Learn to Skate Cincinnati, Sports Plus, Evendale, Cincinnati
Learn to Skate Cincinnati will provide free lessons Friday, Jan. 2 at Sports Plus in Evendale in celebration of National Skating Month. Snowplow Sam, the U.S. Figure Skating mascot, will make an appearance and distribute gifts. More information and registration details can be found in an article on the The Western Star web site.

"Great Skate" Open House, Honnen Ice Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Honnen Ice Arena will host its "Great Skate" Open House Saturday, Jan. 3 from 5-7 p.m. The event will feature free skating, rentals and lessons, as well as registration information for the next session of