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Topsail Island Rollerskating Rink | NC Weekend | UNC-TV

September 22, 2019


– WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA
WEEKEND, I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. ONE OF OUR STATE’S HIDDEN
TREASURES IS LOCATED RIGHT ABOVE THE POST OFFICE
ON TOPSAIL ISLAND. IT’S BEEN THERE FOR OVER
HALF A CENTURY, AND VISITORS FIND THEMSELVES GOING
AROUND IN AN ENDLESS CIRCLE. LET’S LEARN THE STORY OF THE
TOPSAIL BEACH SKATING RINK. [MUSIC BOX MUSIC] ♪ – WELL, I’VE DONE
IT SO MANY YEARS. THAT’S ALL I KNOW TO DO. I’M DORIS JENKINS AND MY
HOME IS TOPSAIL BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA. [GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC] ♪ I’VE BEEN IN THE PUBLIC
EYE ALL MY LIFE AND I JUST ENJOY THE PUBLIC. – THANK YOU, MISS DORIS. – THANK YOU. – THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT. THE NAME OF OUR BUSINESS IS
THE TOPSAIL SKATING RINK. [GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC] – HEY MISS DORIS,
WHERE’S MY BOX ROLL UP? – I WORK IN THE POST
OFFICE IN THE MORNING, AND THE ROLLER SKATING AT NIGHT. – HAVE PEOPLE EVER COME UP
TO YOU AND SAID HOW UNIQUE IT IS TO SEE A POST OFFICE
AND A ROLLER RINK ABOVE IT? WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THAT? – THEY’VE JUST NEVER
SEEN IT BEFORE. WE PUT IT UPSTAIRS TO KEEP
THE HURRICANES FROM MESSING UP THE FLOOR. MY HUSBAND DESIGNED THE BUILDING
AND WE BUILT IT OURSELF. WE OPENED MAY OF 1964. WE MET AT A SKATING RINK, AND
HIS NAME IS JOSEPH JENKINS BUT THEY CALL HIM SONNY. HE WAS 3-1/2 YEARS OLDER THAN
ME, SO HE DIDN’T LOOK AT ME. WE JUST ENJOY IT, WE
JUST LOVE SKATING. [UPBEAT ROCK MUSIC] – THANK YOU. SOMETIMES THEY COME IN HERE
AND SAY “WELL, I HAVEN’T “SKATED IN 40 YEARS,” AND
I’LL SAY PUT YOUR SKATES ON AND HANG AROUND THE RAIL
‘TIL YOU GET USED TO IT. – [ANNOUNCER] Y’ALL STAY
UNDER YOUR NUMBERS, STAY UNDER YOUR NUMBERS. [UPBEAT ROCK MUSIC] – I DON’T HEAR
ANY MUSIC PLAYING. DON’T MOVE AGAIN UNTIL THE
MUSIC STARTS TO PLAYING. WE HAVE TO LET THE NUMBER THAT’S
CALLED OUT LEAVE THE FLOOR IN SAFETY. [GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC] – [HEATHER] WHAT KIND OF
MUSIC DO YOU GUYS PLAY? – 50S, 60S, 70S AND 80S. I GOT A WHOLE STACK
OF ELVIS PRESLEY. WE DON’T PLAY ACID ROCK
AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF. – WHICH MUSIC DO YOU
LIKE TO HEAR THE MOST? – OH, I SKATE BY THE SLOW STUFF. WHEN I’M OUT THERE SKATING
AND DOING THIS, I’M THINKING NOTHING ELSE. IF I DID, I WOULDN’T
BE ABLE TO SKATE. [GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC] – [HEATHER] SO YOU HAVE
DONE SOME COUPLES SKATING IN YOUR TIME? – OH, YEAH. QUITE A FEW MILES,
QUITE A FEW MILES. I WISH HE WAS HERE,
SKATING AWAY, BUT HE’S NOT. [GENTLE GUITAR MUSIC] – [HEATHER] WHEN WAS HE
DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S? – FOUR YEARS AGO. THIS PAST OCTOBER
WAS FOUR YEARS AGO. AND I WISH I COULD TELL HIM
SONNY YOU REMEMBER SO AND SO, BUT I CAN SAY THAT,
BUT HE DOESN’T. I DON’T TRY TO SAY
THINGS LIKE THAT. ‘CAUSE THEN I WILL CRY [LAUGHS]. STILL GOT HIS SKATES. I WOULDN’T DO NOTHING
WITH HIS SKATES. STILL GOT HIS SKATES AND
THEY’LL BE RIGHT THERE. IT’S ONE PLACE THAT ALL THE
FAMILY CAN COME, AND THEY CAN ALL DO THE SAME THING. NOT BRING THEIR WORRIES
AND TROUBLES AND ALL THAT. JUST AN OLD TIME SKATING
RINK AND PEOPLE LOVE IT. THE NEXT SKATE WILL BE AN
ALL SKATE, EVERYBODY SKATE. I SEE MYSELF SKATING
‘TIL I’M 125 [LAUGHS]. – THE TOPSAIL BEACH SKATING
RINK IS AT 714 SOUTH ANDERSON BOULEVARD IN HOLLY RIDGE,
JUST ABOVE THE POST OFFICE FOR TOPSAIL BEACH, AND
YOU CAN SKATE EVERY NIGHT FROM 7 TO 10. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GIVE
THEM A CALL AT 910-330-7891, OR CHECK THEM OUT
ONLINE ON FACEBOOK.

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