Dozens try, return to “Roaring Game”


PICTOU — Dozens of children and adults came out on Saturday to Curling Day at the four local curling clubs.

Nearly 20 people took part in the open house and introduction to curling at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, the Stellar Curling Club in Stellarton, the Westville Curling Club and the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou.

Ainsley Cameron was among those who came out for instruction by Mike MacKenzie.

“It’s completely new to me,” Cameron said of what MacKenzie taught her. “I did it once before, but it’s completely new this time.”

Andrea MacKenzie took time to register those interested in signing up for the first time or returning to the club after a year or two away from curling.

“We’ve had a good day,” she said.

Donalda Buckingham, a Bluenose club member who co-chaired the recent Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, thought a curling day would be a way to seize on the momentum from those who attended the event.

She made a point of visiting the four clubs to appreciate the response. One new curler and a half dozen returning curlers were on the ice at the Stellar Club, whose ice-making was done barely in time for the curling day. The ice received its first pebbling before curlers entered the ice at around noon on Saturday.

“Ian Parsons didn’t curl last year and he’s back,” Stellar club vice-president Tony Hawkes said. “We have Monday evening and Wednesday evening curling and have a fun bonspiel on Friday. We’re already expecting quite a few curlers at our Tuesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon (stick) curling, which is great for us.”

Stellar club is offering free instruction through November and December.

Four youngsters were seen at the Westville club, while the initial number was three adults and a dozen children at the Bluenose club.

Carly MacCuspic explained the guidelines for Curling Day.

“It’s Curling 101,” she said. “It was designed by Curling Canada. It’s quite fundamental and it tries to get people intrigued with curling and try new things.”

Lorne White took two Kim siblings — Sophie and Timothy — to Curling Day at the Bluenose club.

“We don’t know that much about curling, but Lorne is so keen,” Sophie said.

“Sophie got enthused being there,” White said, referring to the Grand slam. “Timothy didn’t think it was that much fun until he saw the Grand Slam curling. Now he likes the game.”

Ainsley Cameron gets ready in the hack before delivering a curling stone. (Goodwin photo)