It’s sad to see another boyhood haunt go by the wayside. The latest victim of the times is the Fairway candlepin bowling lanes in Natick, MA. The place will close on May 20.
Fairway was the site of the candlepin bowling show with Don Gillis we watched every Saturday on the old Channel 5.
I remember it best for the time Sam Brooks packed his grandsons into his baby blue ’61 Ford Galaxie 500 and took us to bowl a few strings after a bit of begging and cajoling. The man had never bowled before. He was built like a bull and strong as an ox. And when he started whipping those small candlepin balls down the lane, everyone stopped and watched, perhaps wondering if he was going to roll a ball right through the back wall. We were quite proud of our grandfather.
Helen Sellew and her family owned the lanes for 56 years. If you ever wondered what a rock-ribbed New England Yankee really sounds like, watch this very short interview she did on the closing with the MetroWest Daily News (which will always be the Framingham News to me.)
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Sad, too, to see candlepin bowling slowly die away.
Fairway was one of three candlepin lanes we had access to. There was also the Bowl-a-rama (right across the street from the Framingham incinerator), and Kemp’s Bowl-a-way, a rickety old place on the second floor of an old downtown Framingham building.
We were told by our parents in no uncertain terms to stay out of Kemp’s. But once we were on the B&W bus taking that 13-cent ride downtown, who was going to stop us? The lanes were chipped and the balls were gouged. But we could never figure out why our parents considered it verboten.
And all these years later, we still can’t.