Curling and Ice — a Bad Mix?

Well, Kalamazoo is under the grips of an ice storm that has evidently left lots of people without power. Wings Stadium is among the powerless. Keep an eye on the Kalamazoo Curling Club Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates as to the status of Monday night curling.

[ UPDATE ] Power has been restored to Wings Stadium. Monday night curling is on as of 3:00 p.m.

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:

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