Downers Grove Furry Bowling
Every First & third Saturday of the month, the LAFFurs hold their monthly fursuit-friendly bowling meet. The evening begins with a welcoming dinner and then once food and drinks are had we round-up the fans towards their vehicles to head to the bowling alley. Thanks to cooperation with the bowling alley staff, furry fans are welcome to suit up and bowl in their fursuits. A headless lounge is provided by the alley free of charge. In the background, artists set up supplies on the tables and begin drawing, often offer sketches to friends or those interested. The event usually lasts 2 or 3 games before the after-parties begin. Popular venues are Denny's, Steak n Shake, and SliderCon at White Castle.
for any questions or concerns you can E-mail us at DGFurBowl@gmail.com
Great news! Since the Tivoli loves us so much they are offered to have us there twice a month! and since the summer twice a month meets went over so well they are continuing it for the rest of the year!!! ALSO the Tivoli has now given us ALL 12 bowling lanes! More bowling more fun!
That being said; here are the dates of the Saturday meets:
June 15th (ONLY)
November 16th (ONLY)
- More to be added later as the year goes on...**
Anyone in attendance at Tivoli Bowl who is part of our group must wear a LAFFBowl badge, regardless of whether you enter our function space or bowling lanes. Badges signify acceptance of the LAFF Event, and must be displayed at all times while on Tivoli's property.
The cost of a badge for the new 2013 year will be $1. The new badges will be in color, and instead of the expensive plastic badges, they will be laminated. Also, there are two different types(colors) of badges; Under 21 years old and Over 21 years old. You can purchase your badges at the bowling alley only and must show some form of government/state picture ID with your date of birth, so that we can give you the proper badge.
The new badges will be made on the spot, and will eliminate the former temporary badge system.
The new Staff consists of (in alphabetical order) Cavix, Chaz, Erik, Glocky, Jade, Takumi, Veneer & Wheels.
Head of Public Relations & Registration : Jade Wolf
Head Chairperson: Chaz
Head of Security: Glocky
Security Officers: Cavix, Takumi, & Wheels.
Registration: Veneer & Erik
Head of Art Department: Veneer
Contact info: Please e-mail us at DGFurBowl@gmail.com
Code of Conduct
Main article: File:LAFF Code of Conduct
Minors (17 Years old and under)
Minors(17 yrs of age & under) who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (21yrs or order) are not permitted, UNLESS they have their parent/guardian sign a consent form prior to attending.
If the parent/guardian is not with the minor when registering and handing in the consent form we will need to call the parent/guardian and verify the inform provide is correct before we are able to issue a badge and allow said minor into the function space, if we are not able to verify the information admittance will be denied until we can verify.
Parental consent forms can be found on our face book page, or wiki page or you can request to have one e-mailed to you at DGFurBowl@gmail.com.
All details are as same as above except for the following:
After Bowling Wind-down
After parties are usually organized on a spur of the moment basis around midnight, as bowling winds down.
The LAFF Bowling event was first organized by Ash in early 2004. The first meet only had four attendees. Since then, attendance has skyrocketed to an average of 30-50 furries each month, with some months bringing even bigger crowds than that. Several people have taken charge of organizing the event as it has been handed down to new volunteers. Following Ash were Butterscotch, Shale, Blazger, Rayven, Timoran, Reimori, and is now being run by a LAFF STAFF committee.
The event began at the Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Illinois, where it remained for several years. While Shale was running the event, it moved for the first time; on October 28th, 2006, the Halloween Bowl event introduced the Brunswick Zone Glendale Heights alley. At this alley, there were several new features: Air Hockey, DDR, Karaoke, and a large party room. At first, fursuit feet could not be worn in the alleys, and there was no private changing area except the restroom; both issues have since been resolved. Unfortunately, the alley's Karaoke event was moved to Friday nights, but soon after Timoran began hosting Wii events, primarily including Super Smash Bros. Melee.
In addition to the new alley, October brought a new staff member to the bowling event: Blacksilver, who would assume the role of Bowling Alley Liaison. He is responsible for maintaining good will with the bowling alley to ensure that the event's unique needs are met. Any issues the group has with the alley, or vice versa, are often channeled through him. However, being an employee of the alley specially suited him for this role, and when the event moved to Tivoli Bowl he resigned the position.
Since the move to Brunswick, several furs wanted to revive a Fox Bowl event. On June 23, 2007, Blazger and Rayven briefly revived the Fox Bowl event. Two dinners were run prior to bowling: Baker's Square by Blazger, and Buona Beef by Rayven, both at 7:00. Unfortunately, Fox Bowl's leagues posed a space problem and Fox Bowl could no longer host Furry Bowling. The hosts have indicated that they are investigating the option of starting a new LAFF event, such as Miniature Golf.
On August 18, 2007, Shale announced that he would no longer run the Bowling meet. Timoran volunteered to assume the role of event organizer, and his first organized bowling event ran on September 15, 2007.
In January 2008, Timoran announced that Bowling would move to a new alley, since the Brunswick Zone would no longer have a party room available. The new alley, Tivoli Bowl, would provide the same amenities and pricing as before.
In Mid 2012, Timoran stepped down from the mantel of organizer, passing the torch to Reimori and a few volunteers. Later that year, Reimori would pass the torch to the LAFF STAFF committee to keep the event running.