The Wilkes Barre /Scranton Roller Radicals really know how to roll! Why I say that, you might ask? Because they know how to roller skate. And who are the Roller Radicals, you also might ask? Why, they are the area's only all-female roller derby team.
The Roller Radicals meet up at Skateaway Roller Rink in Wilkes Barre from March to November - their bout season. There, they practice their skating twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 11pm.
The Roller Radicals consists of women who live from Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Some live as far as Stroudsburg, PA and Binghamton, NY.
On January 18, this skating team had a get-together at New Visions Studio & Gallery located on Vine Street in Scranton. It was called Roller Derby Party. Members of the team got to meet and mingle with friends and first-time acquaintences, who came o this event. They also sold raffle tickets to raise money for their team. Raffle prizes included a painting called Giving Tree painted by local artist Jesse Webb; a Roller Radicals gift basket; a Derby collage. There was also hors d'oeurves and boxed wine served at the party.
"It's a great opportunity to reach out to the community," said Elysium, one of the Roller Radicals. "That way, we get our name out there as well as the bands and New Visions."
Live music was provided by three local bands. The bands were Those Clever Foxes, To Hell With This, and Ric Spandex. The bands rocked the party with their loud, lively tones of their rock music.
"I think it's great when a person shows up for a local show," said Ric Spandex, whose music is a blend of funk and gospel rock. "It shows a bit about the area. Local shows are a really good experience."
Ric Spandex is also in another band called Bad Enters, whoch plays punk rock.
The Roller Derby Party was a lot of fun and gave the people a chance to meet the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Roller Radicals in case they want to become a member as well. The Roller Radicals are always looking for fresh meat, I mean, new members, to join their team.