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Video: Curtain call on ice as Wood makes final skate

Senior shrugs off cancellation of final shows to make one more cool performance
By Staff | Mar 30, 2020
Photo by: Zack Miller Emie Wood skates during a show in December.

Rockport — The Midcoast Recreation Center's Skating School was to host its annual spring show on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, but those performances never happened, which proved especially disappointing for Emie Wood and Claudia Fox.

Instead, one of the two high school seniors performed on Monday, March 16— two days before the ice officially was removed from the rink.

While the duo did not get to perform in front of the expect large crowd over two days of the planned skating shows, one of the two did perform — one final time.

Watch Wood's video below.

MRC removed its ice on Wednesday, March 18 due to the growing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) and ongoing public safety, said Jesse Simko, arena director.

Before that happened, however, on Monday, March 16, two high school senior skaters were invited one at a time to go on the ice and have a chance to skate one more time and show off their routine for the cancelled spring ice show.

The show was being put together by Kitrina Patterson, skating director, and MRC’s skating school staff. The theme of this year’s show was to center around colors and was called “Kaleidoscope."

Wood and Fox were the school's two high school seniors and have helped MRC with junior instructing the Snowplow SAM (ages 4-6) skating classes.

Wood's routine was ready to put on video, while Fox was not quite finished as the show had held only two of four rehearsals and two weeks remained of practice time, Simko said.

"The final show as a senior has always been a big deal at the MRC," Wood said. "I watched all of my friends do it and it’s something I’ve looked forward to doing for a long time. When I heard that the show was being cancelled and the ice was being taken out it was heartbreaking.

"On the last day before the ice was being taken out my coach and I went and she videoed what was supposed to be my senior solo. I perform better under pressure and without the regular crowd there was none. The video was not our first take, I kept on messing up because without the crowd and the lights it didn’t feel real, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that that was my last skate. Skating has been such a big part of my life for so long, to have it end like that is devastating.

"I’m glad that the MRC let me come skate on the last day. It gave me closure and an opportunity to skate one last time."

Wood is a senior and on the honor roll at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. She is on the varsity soccer and track teams, competes at the state level for high jump and plays Premier League soccer each spring. She has been skating since she was four. Her coach, McKenzie Abendroth, has been by her side as she passed her Novice Figure Skating Test for Moves. Wood also has been a junior coach at MRC and said she enjoys working with aspiring young figure skaters. She will attend the University of Southern Maine and is committed to play for the Huskies' women’s soccer team, as well as join the USM track squad and continue skating at the Gorham campus ice arena.

Fox is a senior at Oceanside High School in Rockland. She has skated with MRC for at least four years, and has been a learn-to-skate coach two years. After graduation, she will attend the University of Maine honors college as a nursing major, with the hope of becoming a nurse practitioner. She thanked all those at MRC who contributed to her wonderful experience, especially her coach, Melissa Emerson, and all of her basic skills and snowplow students. It has been hard for her to say goodbye, but she plans to come back and visit on breaks when she can, Simko said.

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Emie Wood's final skate
Midcoast Recreation Center Skating School senior Emie Wood performs on March 16. (Courtesy of: McKenzie Abendroth)
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