Friday, September 6, 2013

Skate Jam to Include More than Just Skateboarding

By Christina Georgiou

 While Drinky's Skate Jam is obviously designed to delight skaters, the event, set to take place next Saturday on September 14, will offer something for everyone, says Drinky's manager and event organizer Tommy Urglavitch.

"This event is really about two or three different factions intertwined with it," he said while providing an update about planned events for the day earlier this week.

The Jam will take up the entire southeast quadrant of Centre Square beginning at 3 p.m. and music, live mural painting, along with a beer tent for those over 21 will be part of the festivities, he said.

DJ Fly, DJ Zee and DJ Jamal Knight, and DJ Bizz will keep music spinning all afternoon, Urglavitch said.

"With all the different ages, well, the music will be for all ages," he added.

There will be skating activities for all ages, including young children as well as teens and adults, and regional skate shops will compete at 7 p.m., with cash awards for those who place the highest performing various tricks, including a high Ollie, the longest fly-out and the best original trick. The competition will be sponsored by Homebase Skate Shop in Bethlehem, as well as 10th Street Tires in Easton, Urglavitch said.

Individuals can also participate, and skate the Red Bull half-pipe, though registration is required. Those under 18 will need the signed permission of a parent or guardian, but online registration is available, so parents don't necessarily need to be present during the event for teen skaters to take part, Urglavitch noted.

The Two Rivers Roller Derby team will be on hand running skill demonstrations, and they will also be doing face painting and bring along a magician and a ballon artist.

Six artists will paint murals during the course of the event, to be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Easton Main Street Initiative, Urglavitch added.

And, some high-profile skaters will come too, led by Saucony Creek Brewing Company owner and X-Games three-time medalist Matt Lindenmuth. The line up is set to be announced on Drinky's website next week, he said.

Drinky's manager Tommy Urglavitch and Easton Mayor Sal
Panto talk about the Drinky's Skate Jam Wednesday afternoon
in City Hall. The event will offer something for everyone, not
just skateboarders, they said.
And, while the skating will end by 9 p.m., the fun won't, Urglavitch said.

A party for those over 21 will be held after the Skate Jam at Drinky's.

"We're just hoping to cap off a great day with a great night," he said.

Mayor Sal Panto said Drinky's Downtown Skate Jam, which replaces winter snowboarding events the pub formerly sponsored in the past two years, is a perfect way to entice millennials to Downtown Easton.

"This will bring a lot of young people Downtown, and that's what we want to do," he said, adding,"Special events bring people to Downtown that may not ever come Downtown. Once they're here, they see the beauty...and then they come back."

The Drinky's Downtown Skate Jam is set to take place on Saturday, September 14 from 3 to 9 p.m. on the southeast quadrant of Centre Square, with an after-party for those over 21 at Drinky's.

For more information about the event, visit

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