TROY — Local performers will show off their skills on the ice at an upcoming holiday event.
The Troy Skating Club’s annual Holiday Exhibition will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Hobart Arena.
Visitors to the exhibition — which is free and open to the public — will enjoy performances from local skaters to favorite holiday tunes, according to Leah Hartzell, skating director.
Hartzell said skaters from all over the Miami Valley will perform this year, including from Troy, Piqua, Tipp City, Casstown and Springfield. Two Troy High School seniors, Rachel Morgan and Caitlyn Cusick, also will offer a performance.
“Again this year, we will have over 30 performances from skaters from Troy and all over the Dayton area,” said Hartzell, who said skaters as young as 3 to adults in their 30s will perform.
Hartzell said the event also will include a bake sale, and all proceeds will go toward the organization’s Miami County Relay for Life team, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Although it’s only the fourth year for the show, Hartzell said the Troy Skating Club has been hosting shows since the early 1950s.
“I think what people love the most about this event is, it is something the entire family can watch and appreciate together,” Hartzell said. “It is also a free event, so the cost savings is great for families.”
Hartzell said this family-friendly event can help kick off the holiday spirit with routines being performed to such classics as “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O, Holy Night,” and more.
There also will be a special performance to honor late coach and friend Jeannie Drieling, who lost a battle to cancer earlier in the year, she said.
Hartzell said she is thankful to a community that always comes out in support of each other.
“What I love most about Troy is the support this community gives to each other, and the wonderful events hosted all year long,” she said. “We are happy to give back to Troy in the form of fun, family entertainment that can become a fun holiday tradition! There will be lots of impressive skating, lots of holiday cheer, and a chance to support a local non-profit organization.”
Hartzell said for Troy and the surrounding areas to have a facility such as Hobart Arena, which is undergoing extensive upgrades, is truly a blessing.
“Many truly do not understand the uniqueness of Hobart Arena and how special it is to have a rink like ours to skate in. It is a gem that is sometimes taken for granted by those who don’t utilize it,” she said. “Skating and hockey are wonderful sports that build confidence and strength and really special athletes, and we are extremely fortunate to have access to an arena that gives us the best facilities in the area to do so.
“We continually have people who travel here for our competition who rave about how much they love our arena and how we have ‘the best ice they’ve ever skated on.’ It is a seriously special place.”
Returning to the exhibition this year also will be Harmony Ice Theater, a championship ice theater team from Michigan.
“They are incredibly talented and are always a huge hit. We are grateful they are returning this year again,” Hartzell said.
Santa Claus will make an appearance.
“You can’t miss a chance to see him!” she said.
Hartzell invites the community out for the exhibition, and promises attendees a great holiday event.
“This event is perfect to kick off the holiday season. You’ve got full Thanksgiving bellies, and got to see the tree lighted the night before and you can get your last bit of family fun in with us on Sunday before the kids return to school. And what brings in winter better than ice skating?”
Reach Melody Vallieu at [email protected] or (937) 552-2131