A roller skating coffee club meets on Tuesdays at Skatetown in Fountain City. Roller skaters of all experience levels are welcome. Five dollars covers admission, skates, and all the coffee you care to drink.
No disco or hip hop at Skatetown on Tuesday mornings. That's when the skaters move to organ music.
"That's what we learned to skate to, organ music, when I was growing up back in the 1960s," Fritz Lambright said.
He first laced up some roller skates when he was 18.
"There was times I didn't skate for years at a time but then my grand kids kept me going," he said.
Fritz started skating with the group at Skatetown about seven years ago. He's a relative new-comer.
"We started over 50 years ago at Chilhowee Park. And we have no plans to stop," said Irene Pierce Ballard.
She is the organizer of the roller skating coffee club that meets on Tuesdays at Skatetown in Fountain City.
"You skate around and then you come back and stop and sit down and have coffee, rest, then go back out again," she explained.
When she skates Irene wears a necklace with a roller skate charm.
"My mother gave me that. She had that made for me. And the wheels really roll on it," she said.
Rolling around the rink is a whole body workout and something a lot of people did as a kid.
"Fortunately this rink has a wall all the way around and you can hang and go around the wall and stay close to the wall until you get your legs back," Fritz said.
Roller skaters of all experience levels are welcome but Irene has some tips for beginners.
"Put your skates on, push your feet out and back together, that's scissors. Then you start stroking from there," she said. "Stand up straight, you have to get over your skates and hold your head up. Because your head weighs 10 pounds, If you've got it out here so if you have it out here, you hold it over your shoulders and it gives you better balance."
She knows what she's talking about. She first strapped on some roller skates at age five and now she's an incredibly fit 88. Irene's taught roller skating and performed.
"Whatever you see them do on ice and whatever they did in the Olympics I've done it all on rollers. That sounds like bragging but it's a fact," she said, but admitted, "Now I don't spin like a top like I used to."
Fritz described his skills. "Nothing fancy. I just skate forwards. Never learned to skate backwards."
The focus is not on form but on fun and friendship.
A lot of the skaters are retired but adults of all ages are welcome.
Five dollars covers admission, skates, and all the coffee you care to drink.
"And that's it. That's included. There's no extra fee for that," Irene said.
Fritz said, "Sometimes we drink more coffee and we do skating."
Feel free to show up. All adults are welcome from 10:00 to noon Tuesdays at Skatetown in Fountain City.