Thursday, June 18, 2015

Be a pinball wizard in Roanoke, Virginia

Remember those hours spent bent across a pinball machine? Sure you do, and don’t tell your kids about it because they will remind you how you admonished them about video games.
New to Roanoke, Virginia, this week is the Roanoke Pinball Museum where visitors will be introduced to the history of pinball and the science behind the game, plus have an opportunity to appreciate the color, composition and overall design of the back glasses and playfields. The Roanoke Pinball Museum will be an interactive museum where patrons can play for one admission price on 46 machines that range from 1948 to today. General admission for the summer is $10 for individuals ages 9 and up with free admission for children ages 8 and younger (with accompanying adult 18 and up).
The grand opening of the museum will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the Center in the Square in Roanoke. The event includes multiple generations of Roanoke “gamers” and will include retro gaming (eight-bit games) on the large digital monitors inside Center’s atrium. Music for the event will be provided by deejays while Bastards of Fate will be preforming in Center’s atrium at 9 p.m. The event will also have food, drinks, vendors and a variety of impromptu performances.
        The atrium level activities at opening night are free to the public and admission to the Roanoke Pinball Museum is $10.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “ExploringCajun Country: A Historic Guide to Acadiana” and co-author of “Magic’s in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets.” Write her at

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