Open house and bonspiel kicks off curling season

Curling season is underway and the Rimbey club is taking a proactive approach to getting more curlers out on the ice.

Curling season is underway and the Rimbey club is taking a proactive approach to getting more curlers out on the ice.

The club has an open house and bonspiel planned for Nov. 1 and 2 with point system scoring, cash prizes, a potluck lunch and free curling on Saturday.

“We have our ice in and we are ready to roll,” said past president Marj Tisdale.

“We are hoping to get as many teams as we can. The ice is free for anyone who wants to come out and try on Saturday at 2 p.m.”

Every Thursday from Oct. 31 to Dec. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. there will also be free curling.

“There will be supervision at that time and parents and junior league curlers are more than welcome to come out.”

Sturling curling (two-person stick) is also available every Thursday at 12:30 in conjunction with the senior league which begins Oct.31 at 10 a.m.

“Sturling curling is a quick game and it’s safer. There is no sweeping. It’s more laid back, but it still gives curlers a chance to get out there and have fun.”

Men’s curling will be Mondays, ladies Tuesdays and mixed is Wednesdays. High school students will begin curling the end of November.

This year the curling club contracted Lorne Barker from Strathcona to put in the ice. Barker will do weekly ice maintenance along with club members.

Tisdale said it is nice to see curlers who have moved back to Rimbey and retired take up the sport again. However, she is hopeful more families will give it a try.

“It is a fun sport and we welcome everyone,” she said.