New London is always merry during the holidays, but this year marks the start of an extra-special holiday tradition: the grand opening of the new seasonal skating rink at Parade Plaza, across from the Nathan Hale School House’s new location.
Skating is an ancient pastime; the oldest known pair of skates date back to about 3000 BC, and were discovered at the bottom of a Swiss lake. These amazing artifacts were made of leg bones from large animals with leather straps to tie them onto the feet. By the 1300s, the Dutch were using iron blades on wooden platforms. We don’t know exactly when ice skating was introduced to the New World, but the sport was popular in both the Netherlands and England by the 1600s, so it’s possible New Londoners were skating on ponds and rivers in 1775 when Nathan Hale was living there.
On December 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the New London Parade Plaza skating rink. And be sure to stop by the Nathan Hale School House, which is hosting a special holiday visitor! Here’s a hint: he’s a right jolly old elf, so be good for goodness’ sake!