THE Rink

Construction always began in late fall.  As you can see this was no ordinary backyard ice rink.

Construction always began in late fall. As you can see this was no ordinary backyard ice rink.

With the Pittsburgh Penguins putting away their pads and sticks and gloves and taking the Stanley Cup on its summer tour, I know this is not the time to talk hockey here.  Yes, with the Summer Solstice just days away, why would I fondly recall the most amazing ice rink ever created?  Well, because I was recently blessed with the receipt of some delightful photographs from the early 1960s of the rink that a dedicated team of neighbors created every winter in the Bartlett backyard on Wood Street just south of 107th Street in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.  Yes, Boyd “Ren” Bartlett sent me some of the photographs his late brother Tom had had in his archives.  So it is indeed time to share some golden memories of that magical rink that gave a whole bunch of neighborhood kids hours and hours and hours of winter fun back when winters were anything but wimpy.  So, instead of firing up the air conditioner, cool off with these images of hot fun on cold ice:

A view of the rink from the second floor of the Bartlett house.

A view of the rink from the second floor of the Bartlett house.

That's yours truly on the left shooting left and thinking he was Bobby Hull.

That’s yours truly on the right in the red baseball helmet shooting left and thinking he was Bobby Hull.

Notice that there was a center line painted on the ice.  Mr. O'Malley came out every night after work and added another layer of water.  We didn't need a Zamboni.

Notice that there was a center line painted on the ice. Mr. O’Malley came out every night after work and added another layer of water. We didn’t need a Zamboni.

A summer memory of the late Lou and Tom Bartlett.  They made the rink happen every year, and I will always remember them as Aunt Lou and Uncle Tom.  Thank you, both!

A summer memory of the late Lou and Tom Bartlett. They made the rink happen every year, and I will always remember them as Aunt Lou and Uncle Tom. Thank you, both!

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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One Response to THE Rink

  1. claywatkins says:

    Great memories – thanks for jogging my memory. Enjoy your weekend.

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