Skate or Give a Little: Half-pipes and a whole lot of fun

Photographer: Event photo

There’s something about a skate park that appeals to the fifteen-year-old rebel inside us all: the stunts, the tricks, the smell of board wax. As time passed, the sport became more mainstream – fancy skate parks, corporate sponsorships for boarders, things like rules and regulations – but as with anything that was once outside of the mainstream and later becomes respectable, there are still those who hanker after the old days.

This weekend at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, the folks from Get on Board and VeTour Productions are bringing the bad ol’ days of skating back… and for a good cause.

Get On Board helps kids on the autism spectrum learn to skateboard – an activity that not only helps improve motor skills, but also helps build self-esteem… and is just plain fun.

This Saturday, at 2 p.m., they’re starting off one hell of a fundraiser: Skate or Live a Little. ABC’s parking lot will be transformed into an old-school street skate park with, quite literally, every kind of skating prop you could ever want for a boarding contest to remember. Signup’s at 2 p.m., for interested parties, and the entry fee is $5. Oh, and if you compete, you get in free for the music portion of the event (for observers, it’s $5.) The event’s after-party will be hosted in the upstairs Abbey Bar at ABC as brews, tunes, and good times abound. MansionBuilder, Hello Dharma, Headache With Pictures, and more will be performing.

Proceeds go to helping Get on Board keep on keepin’ on. And really – when was the last time your skate-jam-‘n’-drink did that much good?


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Ed Hirtzel is the Summer 2016 Fly intern. She’s currently an English Honors student at Millersville University. Her hobbies include scribbling, writing both fiction and nonfiction, and compiling useless information about cryptids.

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