PHOTOS: Glow bowling at Boutwell’s in Concord

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  • The pulsating rainbow-colored lights and music is part of the experience of glow blowing at Boutwell's Bowling Center on North State Street every Saturday night. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Silas Raine, 6, watches as his candlepin ball goes down the alley during glow bowling at Boutwell's Bowling Center on North State Street in Concord on Saturday, July 13, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Silas Raine, 6, watches with his mom Nicole and sister Hadley as they play glow bowling with family members at Boutwell’s Bowling Center on North State Street in Concord on Saturday.

  • Silas Raine, 6, gets ready to throw his candlepin ball during glow bowling at Boutwell's Bowling Center on North State Street in Concord on Saturday, July 13, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Silas Raine, 6, gets ready to throw his candlepin ball during glow bowling at Boutwell's Bowling Center on North State Street in Concord on Saturday, July 13, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Lights move around Boutwell's Bowling Center during glow bowling on Saturday night, July 13, 2019. The Saturday event of lights out goes on until 11 p.m. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Silas Raine, 6, looks back at this family as he reacts to just missing a spare during glow bowling at Boutwell’s Bowling Center on North State Street in Concord on Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

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Published: 7/15/2019 2:32:55 PM

Forget the pulsating rainbow colors flashing over the lanes or music from his parent’s younger days, Silas Raine focuses on glowing candlepin ball and the mission of knocking down every pin.

For that matter, forget that Silas couldn’t see much in the darkness or that his shoes glowed as much as rotating lights at Boutwell’s Bowling Center.

For Silas, 6, it was all about the competition. For an hour on Saturday night the Raine family shared the goal of beating each other with a few laughs. In the dark.

“We’re both pretty competitive. He gets it both from his dad and his mom. Hadley (his sister) is very competitive but she is also naturally talented at a lot of things,” Silas’s mother Nicole said afterwards.

For a midsummer night in July, Boutwell’s was a bit sparse for glow bowling but for Dino Dellas, night manager and son of the owners, he knows it can change with the weather and the season. “When it’s raining, we know it is going to be a good day. And in the fall and winter, the glow bowling Saturday nights fill both sides of the center,” said Dellas.

After the competition ended, Silas and his family smiled as they headed out and Silas was over it. “He just has fun. He’s over it. He just wants to play. He doesn’t even realize he didn’t win. He’s on to the next thing,” Nicole said.




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