Knocking down pins and socializing

Group gathers weekly at Novi Bowl for fun times

Ladies BowlingA group of family and friends have found a great place to gather each week to take a break from their busy lives and reconnect with each other. A bowling alley. It’s a team of sorts, said Joan Capoccia, who has been a fan of bowling since she was in seventh grade. She’s now 81, and for her it’s become a great way to connect with her family and friends.

They all live in different locations around southeastern Michigan, and Novi Bowl (21700 Novi Road) became their meeting point. “We have a lot of years of bowling (at least 100 combined), but not too many great scores,” said Capoccia with a laugh.

The group can change each week, but the core is Capoccia and her two daughters, Cathy Zeller and Marie Sords, as well as her daughter-inlaw Sue Capoccia and her mother Jean Lopus. Around 4:30 p.m. on a Monday, one can find this group gathered at one of the lanes laughing and cheering each other on.

“This is a way for us to catch up each week, and it’s also a lot of fun,” said Zeller. “We do bowl, so we are improving a bit each week.” They said they love Novi Bowl because it’s a great atmosphere – – there are no distractions at that time of day, and the staff has always been really helpful. For Novi Bowl owner Jerry Harris, this is a great story.

“Bowling is about fun, and I think what they have going on is just a great way to socialize and have fun,” Harris said. “It’s a mini reunion each week.” He also said it’s still a relatively inexpensive way to have fun. And now that it is smokefree, the bowling alley appeals to even a broader range of people. For Capoccia and her group, it’s a bit of exercise as well. “It really is a good way to stay physically active because you can take it at your own pace, but it makes you move,” she said.

Another part of their tradition is to go to Guernsey’s Restaurant for chicken dinner afterward. And as Sords said as the group packed up their bowling balls and headed toward the door, it’s “good, clean fun.”

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