INDIAN LAKE - Kathy Bird palms a volleyball, sweat dripping from her nose. She strikes it with a clenched fist. The ball soars over the net where the opposition returns it, initiating a lengthy volley.
For the last four months, Indian Lake adults have warded off cabin fever through volleyball. Each Monday evening, they assembled at the Indian Lake Central School Gymnasium for two hours of unmitigated escape.
"This is what got us through the winter," said Indian Lake resident Beth Schidzick. "It's good to get together and make fools of ourselves."
On any given Monday, over a dozen local residents would play. Teams were created ad-hoc and featured varying degrees of skill.
"It isn't about how good you are," Schidzick said. "It's about just playing and socializing."
The event organizer, Joanna Pine, said that in a place with long, cold winters and little activity such an event is important to the community.
"It has been going on for 10 years," she said. "We often have school children want to come play with us, but I have to tell them no, it's for adults only."
Pine said that volleyball Mondays has steadily grown in popularity throughout the years.
"I look forward to this every week," Indian Lake teacher Jason Dora said.
Dora is the team's secret weapon, with his powerful over-head serve that has a bit of knuckle ball effect.
Last month, the Indian Lake residents hosted an ad-hoc tournament against "volleyballers" from Schroon Lake.
"I think they took it a little more serious than we did," Schidzick said. "We pretty much got our butts kicked."
After the two hour session, and many games, everyone left the gym smiling and laughing.