Archive for Sunday, December 18, 2005

It’s perfect for swimming - inside aquatic center

Weather hurts attendance at annual Bromelsick party

December 18, 2005

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Attendees of the annual Bromelsick Christmas Party swim at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Saturday's party included music, caroling, snacks and a visit by Santa Claus. The party was the 54th annual event.

Attendees of the annual Bromelsick Christmas Party swim at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Saturday's party included music, caroling, snacks and a visit by Santa Claus. The party was the 54th annual event.

Jeffrey Moses had never been to a Christmas party where he could wear his swimming trunks.

But Moses was one of about 240 children who attended the 54th annual Bromelsick Christmas Party on Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.

"It's pretty cool," said the 11-year-old Boy Scout from Eudora.

The bash has became a Lawrence mainstay after businessman Alfred Bromelsick died in 1950 and left his estate to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H organizations.

His will stipulated that the organizations have the party each year for children, complete with a Christmas tree, carols and treats, said Arthur "Tripp" Anderson, an assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 59.

The aquatic center played host to the party for the second year in a row, as the kids and their parents braved the snowy weather Saturday night.

Santa holds open the door at the annual Bromelsick Christmas Party. The party was Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.

Santa holds open the door at the annual Bromelsick Christmas Party. The party was Saturday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.

"The kids get involved this way, and they can play with their own friends and have a pretty good time getting two hours of exercise in the dead of winter," Anderson said.

Organizers said the weather did influence attendance because, in the past few years, more than 1,000 children have attended.

"I enjoy just seeing all of the groups get together," said Martha Rose, a Girl Scout representative and longtime organizer of the event.

Cindy Riling, another Girl Scout representative and event organizer, said many parents brought their kids to the party and talked about attending it when they were younger.

Comments

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

Perhaps more people would be willing to go there if the water wasn't 3 degrees above freezing. They have thier water too dang cold.

Kathleen Christian 9 years, 6 months ago

I totally agree with you Ragingbear -not only is the water too darn cold the changing room is freezing cold. I suppose if enough people complain they might crank up the heat some.

Godot 9 years, 6 months ago

I wondered about that, I've heard from others that the water is really cold there. Anything below 82 is torture.

Ragingbear 9 years, 6 months ago

The reason they do it is because the colder you keep the water, the less filtering and chemicals you need to use. If you go to one of those pools for elderly rehab (They are like 95 degrees. Feel like bathwater) the chlorine amount to limit germ growth is enough to make your eyes water.

But still. That place is freezing. Even in the summertime.

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