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The “Scooter” iceboat | Westport Column

If you’ve seen some unusual activity out in the bay over the past few weeks—such as several blinding blurs shaped like sailboats but acting like Ferraris on skates—you aren’t necessarily going nuts from cabin fever. (Though of course that’s still a possibility at this point.) It was most likely my neighbor, Dick Fritz, and his “Scooter” iceboat, along with a number of his equally crazed friends from the South Bay Scooter Club, downstate.

“Most people highly question sailing something that goes over 50 miles per hour, and has no rudder or brake,” Dick writes. “Many people who sail conventional iceboats won’t even get on a Scooter—they think we may not be mentally sound!” May?! This sounds like a blast, and if the Polar Vortex is going to become a regular feature of our lives and the lake keeps freezing just like in the old days, who knows? We could become the Scooter capital of the world.

As I mentioned last time, this weekend is the famed Dr. Tom Tanneberger Alumni Basketball Tournament at Westport Central School. The Open Shoot Around is Friday night, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. and the tournament starts on Saturday with the first men’s game at 1 p.m., the second men’s game at 2:15, the men’s consolation game at 4, the women’s championship game at 5, and the men’s championship game at 6:15. During halftimes, audience members will be treated to Biddy Basketball exhibitions by grades K-6 and Foul and 3-point shooting competitions by grades 7-12. And don’t miss the Hamburger-and-Macaroni Soup dinner in the cafeteria, hosted by the Class of 2016, where there’s also Vegetarian Chili for the faint of heart.

Next weekend, Piano by Nature returns to the Hand House in Elizabethtown with two performanes of a concert entitled Metamusic, on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. This event is organized by Westport music educator Rose Chancler and features a guest appearance by Westport resident Jenn Moore, who’s the conductor at Willsboro Central. More on it next time.

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