Shop Talk : Getting up and out
Just because the air has gotten brisk, it does not signal a start to the winter sloth mode. There are still many things to do outside to stay fit and active. In fact, many of them are more enjoyable this time of year.
Reverse your desire to hibernate.
At Sports Haven on Beach Street in Vineyard Haven, Patrick Miner shared some of the hot activity trends on the Island. The current sports of choice for kids seem to be soccer and field hockey. Tennis, it turns out, has gotten even bigger this fall. To help those interested in getting into the swing, Sports Haven is offering 50 percent off performance racquets, originally priced at over $200.
Another big sport is the pick-up softball game for both men and women. Mr. Miner has seen a rise in equipment sales for softball, especially now with their half-off sale on baseball and softball equipment.
For those who like a more individual activity, he suggested joining the ranks of in-line skaters. Apparently, with the cool air and less crowded bike paths, it is picking up. The most popular skate available for those starting out is the Rollerblade Wing 50, which is on sale for $100 versus it's usual $149. To ensure you are toasty during your sojourn, check out their warm Under Armor fitness wear. They also are big supporters of all things MV sports, as exhibited in all the logo-adorned purple gear you see as you enter the store.
Brickman's, on Vineyard Haven's Main Street, has the largest selection of footwear and sports clothing on the Island. IN shoes, they have everything from running to tennis, by Nike and New Balance, and Merrell to Timberland for hiking, and enough choices of fitness socks to suit everyone, although I like the Wigwam and Fox River.
Heading to the Five Corners, it might be time to pick up a used bike at Martha's Bike Rental. It could be a great way to get the whole family bikes for the cost of just one brand-new bike.
In Oak Bluffs, you have two ways to enjoy golf. You can stop by the Lazy Frog on Circuit Ave. for your very own Frisbee ($8.99 to $19.99) then head up Barnes Road three miles to the Island's only disc golf course. Jake and Sarah at the shop are happy to explain the sport, or you can watch the golf league play on Sundays at 10 am or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 pm. Sarah caution's that it is very addictive.
If you prefer having a club in your hand, Farm Neck is the place for you. Beginning October 13, greens fees start at $37.50 for non-members after 2 pm. The helpful and enthusiastic Pro Shop staff says the current biggest sellers are the Taylor Made R9 Driver, the must-have Titleist Pro V1 balls ($15) along with the up-and-coming Bridgestone balls ($10). Stop in to take advantage of a fall sale that includes the hot new Ecco golf shoes.
Whatever your choice, don't just sit there. Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall season.