Friday, February 14th
Afternoon - The Arrival
It was a cold day in Delaware but things were
about to heat up for the weekend. This year's Adrenalin Awards set a new precedence
in our skate world. Everything was coming together as G-Man and I awaited the
arrival of our guests. Skaters checked in at the Wyndam, Hotel in Wilmington,
DE from many cities and received the best welcome we could give as they settled
in the hospitality suite.
First on the scene was the crew from Flint, MI, and they along with the
rest of our guests who checked in the host hotel, received a Valentine's Day treat
from SkateGroove and G-man. Columbus, O-HI-O came in next with about fifty
or more skaters including the Columbus Finest on Wheels and Easy Rollers,
followed by its sister city, Cincinnati with the 'Nati Skate Train bringing
up the caboose. Nikki picked up Essie, Donahue (Atlanta) and Player
Mike (Kansas City, MO) at the Philadelphia Airport. Wow, that little SUV was
loaded down with luggage! They almost had to strap Mike to the top of the truck.
Skaters braved the chilly temperatures and immediately went to Market Street to
take advantage of the tax-free shopping in Delaware. Market Street contains many
small "Mom and Pop" type retail outlets that sell clothing, beauty products, food
and footwear. One sneaker shop had plenty of Timberlands and Air Force Ones on
sale starting at $39.99! When Kevin Edmonds of Flint was told about the
sales, he decided to ditch the rest of his crew to go shopping so they couldn't
stop him from overspending. Of course, everyone had a craving for Cheesteaks from
a nearby deli.
Friday Evening - Lights, Camera, Action
The photographers and videographers
set up their gear to record the first ever Adrenalin Awards Ceremony. The tables
were decorated with roller skating figurine candleholders, each hand-made by by
Hezikiah of Skate Xpressions.
Cameras were rolling as the night of elegance began. Skaters descended down the
corridor leading to the Grand Ballroom in anticipation of what was to come. The
Bodyguard was there to interview nominees and other guests as they strutted
their beautiful gowns and magnificent evening attire. In a few moments, history
would be made when the first-ever Adrenalin Award winners would be announced.
Each guest was
greeted by the hostesses of the evening; Andrea, Vashti, and Rochelle
of the Tri-Skate Divas and Khannie Butler of Silver and Gold, Unlimited.
Everyone looked fabulous and you hardly recognized some skaters who were dressed
up and simply glowing. The guests were seated, dinner was served and the ceremony
emcees for the evening were Cocoa Brown of BET's Comic View and
our very own skate brother from the A-T-L, The Bodyguard. Together their
chemistry was a masterful blend of comedic talents that kept the audience laughing
the entire evening.
really put it on several skaters who fell prey to her impromptu but good-natured
comments about their attire. According to Ms. Brown, Chicago was "pimped
out" in their iridescent suits, Mr. Pearl (Columbus) was adorned in his
pearly whites, and the most memorable outfit of the evening was worn by none other
than SkateGroove's Nikki Bowens. Nikki's dress was lined with feathers
that seemed to have a mind of their own. Cocoa stated it reminded her of a pigeon
while the Bodyguard echoed in with bird sounds in the background. Nikki was ever
gracious and adorable as she proudly modeled the ensemble for the audience, leaving
a trail of feathers all over the floor and later throughout the corridors, elevators
and lobby area. Mitchell Irving of Skatemasters USA plucked her
for a souvenir feather.
from the audience were selected to participate in the ceremony by announcing the
names of the nominees and winners of each category. They were given an envelope
with the nominees for each category listed on the outside and the names of the
winners printed on a card inside. They all did an excellent job and we thank them
for being brave enough to go up and speak.
through the awards ceremony, the Tri-Skate Divas gave an outstanding gospel/
dance performance to "I Need You To Survive" by Hezekiah Walker. This act was
a tribute to the skaters who have passed during the last few years. I named a
few lost souls and read an eulogy submitted by Skatemasters USA, expressing
their feelings for the loss of their club member. The Diva's performance brought
the audience to their feet and gave a new meaning to "Skater's Love" as the event
coordinators walked to each table and greeted the guests with a hug and a smile.
By the end of the performance, the guests were fellowshipping with one another
as they spread joy.
category of winners we must mention is the Best Female Skater award. We had a
tie. The winners are Linda Corley of the Wizards on Wheels, (Philadelphia)
and Stormy Cubb of the Arkansas Federation of Skater's Ruff Roller's Inc. (Little
Rock) by way of St. Louis. We would like to congratulate both of these ladies
for their outstanding performances on the hardwood. Prior to the event, we were
worried that Stormy would not be able to make the event due to all of the family
arrangements she had to make, but being the true skater that she is, she had the
will and she made a way. She went through a lot to get there and to get back.
Stormy has always been very supportive of SkateGroove.com's events and a lot of
others as well and we thank her for her continued presence.
of the winners were present to receive their awards and for those who were not,
skaters accepted on their behalf. Norman Carr of Cincinnati, recipient
of the Lifetime Achievement Award, wanted to be there but he was still recovering
from his injuries.
Skateland, recipient of the award for Favorite Rink was presented with their
trophy on Sunday, February 23 at their facility.
staff and management of Castle
Skateland want to THANK all the "Skaters" for their support and votes for
choosing -CASTLE SKATELAND in Loveland, Ohio-"FAVORITE RINK" in association with
the ADRENALIN AWARDS 2003. *********** "LET"S ROLL !"
Don Dixon, Manager
The Grand Decision
After all the winners were announced, some of the
guests asked if there was a session that night because they wanted to skate. So
the question was addressed to the entire audience, "Would you like to stay here
and dance or would you like to go to the rink and skate?" The crowd made their
decision. They wanted both! The dance party got started immediately following
the awards and of course Player Mike didn't waste anytime teaching us the Kansas
City Stroll while DJ Wiz and DJ SNS exhibited their equally brilliant talents
on the turntables, serving up the best formula of music for the evening.
The After Party
The weekend's agenda did not call for skating after
the awards ceremony but many felt the urge to roll. Die hard skaters could not
pass up the generous invitation extended to them from Garry "G-Man" Corporal,
General Manager of the Elsmere Skating Center and Skate Store, to get their roll
on following the dance party. "This is simply fantastic", skaters exclaimed. "I
feel like I may need to join a 12-step program for curing the passion that ails
us." It was 1:30 a.m. when the partygoers entered the building and did not stop
rolling until 4:00 in the morning. True rollers never turn down the chance to
skate! Our motto is "Have Skates Will Roll!"
Edited by: Nikki and Khannie
Photos by: Dori Smith, Robin Evans
and Ric Hinton
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