The Ithaca League of Women Rollers is pleased to announce their homecoming to Ithaca’s Cass Park Rink on Saturday, July 31 for a roller derby extravaganza in collaboration with Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels, and an even greater surprise for fans—the Ithaca debut of their newest team—the BlueStockings.

For the brevity minded:

5-6 pm – Bike, walk, roll, or stroll the Cayuga Waterfront Trail

530-7pm – Chicken BBQ Tailgate Party

7pm – Doors Open, Game starts at 730pm

The BlueStockings have been rocking the roller derby world— bouting on tracks as far away as Vermont and as near as Cortland. Undefeated after five games in their inaugural 2010 season, these girls have a message: the new roller girls on the block mean business.

On July, 31 at Cass Park Rink, the babes in blue will take on Vermont’s Green Mountain Derby Dames, who will be out for revenge after the BlueStockings socked it to them in May with a final score of 216 to 60.

The July, 31 event kicks off at 5 pm as Ithaca’s flagship team, the SufferJets, invite the community to join them as they roll along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail to raise money for Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels. Walk, ride, roll, or stroll the bike path with the SufferJets and then come back to the Cass Rink parking lot to support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels Chicken BBQ Tailgate Party from 5:30 pm until the bout begins at 7 pm. A $10 ticket gets you a generous chicken dinner plus a chance to win dinner and an evening’s stay at local resort, Geneva on the Lake. Tailgate party music will be provided by the Johnny Russo trio.

Doors for the Roller Derby will open at 7 pm and the first whistle blows at 7:30 pm. A suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for kids keeps our derby dolls rolling. Discounted season passes good for the remaining 5 games of ILWR’s home season are available through the league’s website. Passes are also available at the Ticket Center at Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons.

To kick off the action, Bobby Narco (the Pavarotti of Roller Derby) will sing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Bout-time music will be provided by DJs Bob and Luke and the Fall Creek Brass Band. A portion of the bout proceeds will go to support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels. A vivacious after party will be held at Castaway’s, 401 Taughannock Blvd. Cass Park Rink is located at 701 Taughannock Blvd.

Come support Ithaca Foodnet Meals on Wheels, a fantastic local organization that provides meals for our homebound elderly and disabled neighbors. And stick around to meet your newest Ithaca Roller Derby Stars—the Ithaca BlueStockings!