Tillsonburg Curling Club plans Oct. 15-20 Open House Week

Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News/File Photo Tillsonburg Curling Club is hosting a "Welcome, Try Curling Week" from Oct. 15-20. Members will be at the club to give some basic instructions for people interested in trying the game or signing up for different leagues. TN

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Here I am again trying to get you thinking about curling. With the hot and humid weather we’ve experienced all summer I’m sure the only ice you’ve been thinking about is probably the cubes in your drink or keeping the beer cold!

Curling season is just around the corner and the new club executive has been meeting all summer to insure you have a good curling experience this season.

Nora Peter – From the Hack

The season will open with a Welcome Try Curling Week Monday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 20. Members will be at the club to give some basic instruction to people interested in trying the game, honing their skills or signing in for their different leagues. More info in a future article. The official start for curling is the week of October 22-26.

The Tillsonburg Curling Club offers a variety of memberships to suit everyone ranging from Students at $120 (High School/Post-secondary) to Seniors (70-plus) at $299 and Full memberships at $380. New members will pay $299 for a full membership and there are other options – one night and half-season as well. This year Recreational League will pay $200 plus a social fee of $20.

Hopefully you have read this far and will take to heart my suggestion that you bring someone new with you to try curling during the Open Week activities. It has been proven that most new members come from someone inviting them to them to the club and giving them that personal touch. The focus that week is to get people on the ice. Weather has always been a factor in putting in the ice so this year start-up has been put back a week to facilitate our ice technician’s job.

The Ladies section of the club will hold their opening dinner social at Indigo Lounge on Sept. 25. This is a social night getting the ladies back in the groove with a short meeting about the season ahead thrown in. Win Cull has sent out an e-mail to the men which he hopes will bring some replies regarding participation this year. The Monday Mixed also sent an e-mail looking for a reply for those who curled last year – please check those out.

Some other dates to note for your calendar are the Community Service Bonspiel coming up Wednesday, Nov. 28 and the Mixed Open Spiel on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Community Service Club is the second oldest spiel in the club with a long-time sponsor. The emphasis is on fun, net-working with others in the community who are connected with groups, clubs, projects and charities that serve the community. Call Les Peter for more information at 519-688-2328.

The 2nd annual Mixed Open Bonspiel scheduled for Nov. 24 might be a “hot ticket” this year as the inaugural year was such a good time, so think about getting your entry in early. More info will be available at the club.

Surprisingly curling has already hit TSN as they aired games from a new international event called the Curling World Cup. This came from China so air times were inconvenient to watch live but I did manage to see a few that I PVR-ed. It’s an interesting format, fast-paced and involved Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles competitions. I won’t go into all the rules, etc. but will tell you that Canada won all three with to lead in points for this four-leg event. Canada was represented by Koe (Men’s), Homan (Women), and Muyers/Walker (Mixed Doubles). Grand Slam Curling starts next week from Chatham and will be carried on Sportsnet.

That’s it for this week! Put that Open Week on your calendar and we’ll see you on the ice! Curling Rocks!