Kalamazoo’s Connection to the Brier

Well, the news came out today that the Olympic champion Kevin Martin has picked his 5th for the upcoming Brier in March. Marc Kennedy (the second for Martin’s team) and his wife are expecting a child right about the same time that the Brier is happening, so an alternate for the team is of utmost importance. They have selected Dustin Eckstrand, who plays regularly with Martin in a league in Alberta. If the Eckstrand name sounds familiar to you… it should! Kalamazoo Curling Club secretary Garnet Eckstrand is Dustin’s uncle. So if you needed any more reasons to follow the Brier… there it is!

Mystery Weekend: Kalamazoo

One brother lives in Washington DC and the other in Philadelphia. Each year, one of them plans a one day surprise trip to an off the wall place. Last year it was Cleveland. One brother plans it, researches all the neat things that make that place interesting, and then puts together an itinerary, but doesn’t show the other brother until the last moment possible. Then they board the planes, fly off to their destination, and are only in town for a day.

As a side note: When they came to open curling, we were actually full and they were told that we didn’t think we would be able to get them on. They said they came to Kalamazoo just to curl. We thought that was weird, but we found out they were serious. We also had a group of about 8 from Notre Dame that we didn’t have room for either. Thank goodness some of the “new” curlers we had on the ice wanted to jump over to another sheet with some friends. That opened it up and we got them all on. Being that it was their only time in Kalamazoo, they also scouted out the best place in town for donuts, so they had a dozen Sweetwater’s donuts for everyone to share. They all had a great time.

Thanks to Brad and James Peniston for sharing their weekend with us.

More curling in SW Michigan!

South Haven Curling

Add another curling destination to Michigan’s map: South Haven.

Curling lessons are currently being offered on Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:45, and there’s talk of some leagues starting up in the near future. More information can be found on the South Haven Ice Rink web site.

Detroit Red Wings go Curling

Not long ago, the Detroit Red Wings took a break from their hockey schedule to spend a day on the pebbled ice. Here’s how that went:

Kalamazoo Curling Club updates…

First things first… the holiday season is among us, and it sure was refreshing to see curling included on the 2010 Lego Advent Calendar! If only they had included some curling mini figures or little Lego stones. For those, you have to be creative, and if you want to see a fantastic Lego curling set-up, take a look at this. It was done around the same time as the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it’s still pretty impressive for those nerdy enough to enjoy Lego AND curling. And if you’re interested in some fantastic Lego curling, take a look at the last end of this fantastic Lego curling match. The last shot is truly unbelievable!

Okay… now for some serious stuff. We have an extra sheet available during our Monday Super League™. Interested curlers can use the ice from 8-10 p.m. each Monday night. Cost for non-members is $20; members get the ice for $10 each. We do have a limit of 8 people, so if you are interested, be sure to show up in a timely manner.

Our Friday night league Winter session will get underway on February 11. There is still time for you to get your team together to join our next session. Visit the league page for more information.

Also, there has been a call for some open curling dates, and we have worked some out.

Sunday, 12/26, 5-7 pm
Friday, 1/14, 7-9 pm
Friday, 1/21, 7-9 pm
Saturday, 1/29, 8-10 pm
Saturday, 2/26, 9-11 pm
Saturday, 3/5, 8-10 pm

One or more of these will offer learn-to-curl opportunities too. We’ll learn more about that in the next day or two, and post that information here as well.

Check the calendar for more information about more bonspiels in the area. We’ll be posting more there in the next few days.

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