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The Donna Summer Disco Skate Returns to Boston

Updated on May 19, 2016
Bostonians enjoying the Donna Summer Disco Skate- Photo by George Sommers
Bostonians enjoying the Donna Summer Disco Skate- Photo by George Sommers

Get ready, because one of the most fun and eclectic must-do early summer events is returning to Boston. The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco party happens Friday, June 17th, in its traditional second Friday of June slot.

The original concept was to lay a temporary, indoor skate surface down on the concrete expanse of City Hall Plaza and provide free skate rentals for those who want to whirl around the rink to the disco beat.- and that's great for first timers or people who haven't done it in years and want to see if they can recreate the moves of their glory days. Be forewarned, however; the lines for this option get very long quickly and you're only allowed on the rink for a short period of time.

Hardcore, long time skaters don't even bother with the rink. They bring along their outdoor wheels and skate freestyle all around the plaza- including snaking through the dance floor in a conga line with high fives exchanged all around between the skaters and the dancers.

If you don't skate, no worries; because hundreds of dancers are also attracted to the tunes spun by Dorchester DJ Kon, And while it is a tribute to Boston's late Disco queen Donna Summer lots of other tunes from the era are featured, even some rock and roll.

The event features guest appearances by the Roller Derby Dames and members of the Summer family and food trucks, water stations, live art and interactive exhibits are all part of the fun.

The event runs from 6-10 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. Best access is from the government Center T station.



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    • George Sommers profile imageAUTHOR

      George Sommers 

      2 years ago from Weymouth, MA

      Y'oughta come to Boston and check it out!

    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Really wow George, a terrific sport absolutely. :) How are you? My father used to work at a roller skate rink it was one of my favorite pastimes for years.

    • George Sommers profile imageAUTHOR

      George Sommers 

      2 years ago from Weymouth, MA

      I've skated since the '80s when it was YUUUUGE (as Mr. Trump would say) .

    • Linda Robinson60 profile image

      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Good morning George. What a very intriguing fascinating hub. Roller skating is sort of a lost pastime but glad to hear that there are events where it is coming back. A great way to exercise and get everyone of all ages involved for family fun. Terrific hub, I really enjoyed it. Talk to you again soon. Linda

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