Welcome to HalfWorcester.com.
REAL bowling that requires REAL skill…
For those of you outside of New England or Canada who don’t know what Candlepin Bowling (or a Half Worcester) is, please check Wikipedia. “Small ball bowling” has been around since around 5200BC. Don’t believe me? Click here.
In many places outside of New England & Canada, if you mention bowling, many people instantly think of Ten-Pin, as this is generally where you will find Candlepin Bowling. There are a few exceptions – one of which is in the Wyoming Civic Center in Cincinnati, OH.
For many years in Massachusetts, Candlepin bowling was the dominant form of the sport – ten-pin (or “Big Ball”) never really took off. However, that unfortunately seems to be changing. I don’t have an issue with Ten-Pin bowling co-existing with Candlepin. But it seems that Candlepin bowling no longer has a stronghold in Massachusetts, and this site is intended to bring awareness to the sport.
As recently as March 2018, yet another Candlepin Bowling Alley has shut its doors – Bowl-O-Mat at 100 River Street Beverly, MA. I used to bowl there for years, including on a few leagues.
I recently stumbled across a video of 2 hand-set Candlepin bowling alleys in Littleton, MA
Here is a video slideshow of the new Z-4 pinsetter
Looking for Candlepin Bowling balls? There’s only one company left that makes them.
Be sure to visit The International Candlepin Bowling Association for a more in-depth look at the sport.
More content coming soon…