TROY — After spending Thursday with friends and family, Friday evening at the Christmas tree lighting, and Saturday doing a little gift shopping, what better way to keep the holiday spirit going than taking the family to see the annual Troy Skating Club Holiday Exhibition.
The yearly holiday tradition hits the ice at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday , Nov. 26, at Hobart Arena and is free and open to the public.
“You have Thanksgiving and then you go watch the tree being lit on Friday, shop a little on Saturday and then come see us on Sunday,” Troy Skating Club Director Leah Shirey said. “It’s a completely free event and family friendly. It’s a perfect thing you can bring the whole family to.”
The event shines a spotlight on local talent, featuring group and solo performances by skaters of all ages, Shirey said.
Many skaters are from Troy, like 9-year-old Alyssa Knapinski, and the surrounding communities, like 12-year-old Miami East sixth grader Maryn Gross, and some skaters come from a little bit further away, like Springfield, Dayton and Urbana.
“We have a really great time with this show and it’s a chance for our skaters to showcase what they’ve been working on,” she said.
The show will also features guest performers from the Northern Kentucky Skating Club, who will perform several group and solo numbers.
In keeping with the festive theme, Santa will also be making an appearance on Sunday to listen to Christmas requests and take pictures with the little ones, Shirey said.
It’s also a great opportunity good way to get in the Olympic spirit, with the big event just around the corner in February, she added.
“Skating’s not something people get to see live very often,” she pointed out.
The rink will also be open from 2-4 p.m. for public skating before the show.
“It’s perfect, you can come and skate and then you can stay and watch some skating as well,” Shirey said.
The club is also holding a bake sale during the event, which raises money for the non-profit club.
“You can pick up some good, homemade holiday treats while you’re here,” she added.
The Troy Skating Club has been putting on shows and offering classes at Hobart since the 1950s, Shirey said. To learn more about the organization, visit www.troyskatingclub.org.
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