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3 posts
Aug 21, 2010
11:50 AM
Did anyone ever skate there in the 60's I took lessons there around 67-68 don't recall what happened to the place except that it is gone now.
13 posts
Aug 21, 2010
12:10 PM
Icelandia burnt down in the early 1970's. nl8gk8
9 posts
Feb 24, 2011
4:08 PM
I went there every Saturday and some Sundays. I helped clear the ice at intermission for free admission to the rink. I sometimes would teach beginners. If my Dad worked late hours I would sling the ice skates over my shoulder and walk home down that very dark lonely road beside the Miami Valley golf club hoping noone would bump me off on the way. Gosh it was dark.
4 posts
May 31, 2011
5:46 PM
Hi, I worked at Icelandia as a skating guard, would sell admissions, pass out skates, during the winters of 1957, 58, and 59. My Uncle and one of his friends owed the place.
31 posts
Jun 02, 2011
3:15 AM
That's funny Nile, but true. The darkest street in the world!
Mike Harris
Class of ' 69
108 posts
Jun 03, 2011
2:14 PM
I went to Shiloh Elementary School on Philadelphia Drive from 1955-1959(K-3). One of the little girls in my class was Ann Barker; I believe her parents owned Icelandia at the time and the two of us used to ice skate together - if that's what you wanted to call it(at least for me).

Last Edited by on Jun 03, 2011 2:15 PM
7 posts
Jun 03, 2011
3:32 PM
Hi Doug68, your right about Ann Barker. Her parents along with my Aunt and Uncle built and ran the place.
Ann's parents and my aunt and uncle are all gone now.
111 posts
Jun 08, 2011
11:58 AM
Rich, thanks for your response! I was beginning to wonder if it all was a figment of my imagination. Icelandia was a great place!
8 posts
Jun 10, 2011
9:05 AM
I too learned to skate at icelandia in about 65-67. My sis was taking figure skating lessons and my mom started taking me to skate. When I saw the boys playing hockey that was it and played for years at Hara. I still remember holding onto the boards when I first started at about age 4.Great place
18 posts
Jun 16, 2011
4:21 PM
Icelandia was so much fun. There was an old man named Tom who worked downtown at a pawn shop and he was quite a skater. He'd be there every Saturday & Sunday. There was also a girl named Kathy Taylor that was quite a skater also. Then Linda Jaffe. My word the good days.
4 posts
Oct 26, 2011
9:22 PM
I seen Terry Knight and the Pack there one weekend when they had bands
5 posts
Nov 02, 2011
11:08 PM
1 post
Aug 02, 2012
7:27 AM
I skated at Icelandia; took lessons from Lee Jewell from 63' to 65'. I became a competitive skater and trained at the Broadmoor in Colo.Spgs. and in Lake Placid, N.Y. Later I turned pro, joined Ice Follies & Holiday on Ice and soloist at Cypress Gardens, all started at Icelandia.
1 post
Nov 18, 2012
6:46 AM
Does anyone have a photo, or photos, of Icelandia? I didn't skate there often, but I loved the place and would love to have some photos of it, if someone could scan then and email them to me. My email is
8 posts
Feb 12, 2013
5:59 AM
Would also love a photo of it. Learned to skate there in 1959. Great fun. Please post on here if you have photos! thanks.
blue J
72 posts
Feb 15, 2013
1:45 PM
Last night, I happened to find an old 8mm film reel I have that has some footage from Icelandia. I haven't watched it, but Icelandia is written in a couple of different places in a description of what's on it. It was shot by my grandmother. If I had to guess, I'd say it's from the first half of the '60s. I plan to view it over the weekend.
4 posts
Mar 01, 2013
9:29 PM
I learned to skate at Icelandia. We would skate on a friday night until ours ankles couldn't take anymore and then get a cinnamon roll and a hot chocolate then take it over to the fire pit with the tiered benches around it.
blue J
86 posts
Apr 24, 2013
1:52 PM
Can anybody tell me where in town Icelandia was? I did watch the old film reel that I have, and I can make out a bowling alley directly across the road from where the rink was (Poelking Lanes, I think, and I'm guessing it was on the north end of town, but I can't be sure). If anybody can help, I really appreciate it.
88 posts
Apr 24, 2013
3:27 PM
If you look at a bing or google map, keplinger rd has a small bend in it now going north to siebenthaler, where keplinger road went straight and met siebenthaler at the south west side of the intersection there it sat. basically keplinger runs thru where the ice rink was. they did this after it was gone to make a square type intersection
468 posts
Apr 25, 2013
6:15 AM
blue J - The bowling alley in the film was Bowlero Lanes. I bowled there for a few years but like other places in NW Dayton, it's been closed for several years.
blue J
88 posts
Apr 30, 2013
2:41 AM
Thanks for the help!
blue J
115 posts
Aug 29, 2013
9:00 AM
I talked about my grandmother's old 8mm film footage from Icelandia, above- I also have found some photos of her with various people there, and one of them may be Lee Jewell, but I can't be sure. If he was the pro/teacher there in about 1960, then I would bet it is. I'll have to look further; I'm not sure if I have photos of the building itself, or the sign out front. But I have several, of the outdoor rink.
Paula fishman
3 posts
Feb 09, 2014
7:18 AM
Icelandia had the best sweet rolls in town. With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming up I remember skating around the rink while "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" played over the speaker...warm feelings from my childhood.

Last Edited by Paula fishman on Feb 09, 2014 7:20 AM
128 posts
Feb 09, 2014
11:20 AM
I remember a Mr. Scherer (I think that's his name) that managed it. I think he was the PC instructor at Meadowdale High School. Also wasn't somebody from Peffley's Ford involved with the ownership?

Last Edited by Nile on Feb 09, 2014 5:11 PM
11 posts
Feb 13, 2014
4:51 AM
Icelandia is where I learned to skate. I went there every chance I could. I would LOVE a photo of it to jar my memory and my sentimental archives. Please post, if you can. Thanks!

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