The Midcoast Recreation Center will host its annual ice-skating extravaganza on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

In celebration of this year’s Olympics, the theme of the show is “Light The Torch,” and features music from figure-skating routines at past and present Olympics.

"The Midcoast has some extremely talented figure skaters in the Learn-to-Skate program at the MRC," said Caron Leichtman, one of the instructors. "They’ve been working hard all year on new routines and are eager to show off what they’ve learned."

From the youngest skaters, the Snowplow Sams, who always steal the show in their first performances on ice, through the teen and pre-teen figure skaters who leap and spin with grace, the show always offers something for everyone who enjoys skating, Leichtman said.

New this year is a benefit for Rosie’s Hugs, a program that collects new stuffed animals for sick and injured children, brought to Pen Bay and Waldo County emergency rooms. A 100 percent community-driven program, doctors, nurses and parents love it because the “stuffies” give the child a comforting hug at a scary time.

Spectators are encouraged to bring a new “stuffie” to the show and to throw them onto the ice following each skater’s performance, just like at national and international skate shows, Leichtman said.

Admission to "Light the Torch" is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, with children under age 3 free.

For more information about the show, or the Learn to Skate program, call 236-9400.

For more information about Rosie’s Hugs, email

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