During the summer my family would move from “town” to our camp on Martin Meadow Pond. Back in the day there was no television reception and no cell phones, computers or video games to distract us from…well…to distract us from being kids! We swam, fished, canoed, sunbathed, and generally played outdoors from the minute we woke until well after the sun set. One of my favorite pastimes was rock skipping, and I like to think I was pretty darn good. Hindsight being 20/20, maybe it wasn’t the ‘skipping’ part that I was so good at; perhaps my real talent was in finding the perfect rock skipping stones. Anyway, after hearing about the Rey Center’s Rock Skipping Contest (coming right up on Saturday, July 14, 2012), I learned that the ‘sport’ is quite legit. There is an official North American Stone Skipping Association (NASSA) — even a World Stone Skimming champion! Stone skippers even have their own lingo (see flyer, below).
So, head over to Corcoran Pond between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday and try your hand at ‘ducks and drakes,’ as it’s known in England, or ‘richochet,” as it’s known in France, or, as they say in Ireland, ‘stone skiffing.’