June 9, 2015
Tangy’s Indoor Archery Lanes
A one-of-a-kind rainy day activity
By Brooke Amerantes
There are plenty of things to do in Rhode Island on a beautiful summer day, but once the clouds roll in and the rain starts pounding down, everyone suddenly finds themselves at a loss of what to do. Sure, you could go to the movies or stay at home and play board games, but that’s pretty much the extent of rainy day activities, right? Wrong!
One dreary day not too long ago, a friend and I were brainstorming ideas that would get us out of the house for a few hours. After ten minutes of going back and forth with the classic “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” I watched as my friend stood up and instructed me to get in the car for an “adventure.”
Before I knew it we arrived at Tangy’s Indoor Archery Lanes in Warwick. I was immediately confused when we walked into a store covered wall to wall in ski and snowboard gear. Was my friend’s idea of an adventure a road trip to Northern Canada? However upon being sent to the second floor, confusion turned to wonderment as I entered a large room containing two walls stocked with archery equipment, and the rest nothing but open space. As it turns out, my Canadian road trip guess was pretty far off.
Having never even seen a bow and arrow in person before, I was understandably a bit apprehensive. The bow I was fitted with was five feet high—roughly the same size as me— and the set of bright pink arrows I was given were…sharp. While waiting for my target to be set up and properly positioned, I watched in awe as a girl who could not have been older than twelve hit bull’s-eye after bull’s-eye just a few lanes down from me. If she could do it I could do it, right?
After a quick lesson from a friendly employee and a few practice shots, my fears subsided and I was hitting targets like I was Katniss Everdeen. As someone whose only previous experience aiming a weapon at a target came in the form of shooting a squirt gun at my unsuspecting little brother, I was shocked to see how easy the sport was to pick up. The once intimidating bow seemed to become an extension of my arm, and the feeling of sending a colorful arrow flying a hundred feet in less than the time it takes to blink was powerful.
Much to my amusement, shooting at a stationary object didn’t get boring after awhile, like I would have originally assumed. On the contrary, each arrow I launched across the room brought me more delight than the last. In fact, my friend and I were so caught up in competition to see who had the better shot—I did, of course—that we were surprised to learn our hour of archery time had passed so quickly. In just one session, we had both gone from beginners to pros, while having more fun than we ever would have if we stayed home and played Scrabble until the rain subsided.
Tangy’s Indoor Archery Lanes, 200 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick 401-737-2697, tangysarchery.com