Please grab some friends, and join us for the inaugural Kal-Haven Curling Cup on February 19 in South Haven, and on April 13 in Kalamazoo. The idea behind it is pure fun, with the hopes that it generates enthusiasm for the sport in each city, and perhaps gives people in each city a feel for the fun that might be had at a bonspiel. South Haven has an outdoor skating rink, where they have installed some curling sheets. They’ve shortened the regulation curling sheets to fit on their rink, but it’s certainly helping to expand the sport in southwest Michigan.
We’re looking for 4 teams from each city for each event. Here’s the details:
South Haven – Sunday, February 19
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
$5 per player / $20 per team
Kalamazoo – Friday, April 13
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$25 per player / $80 per team
Yes, you read that correctly. $5 for the curling in South Haven. It’s their rink. They get to decide the prices. Don’t argue with them. There are still more details to come, but the likely scenario is the chance to play one game in South Haven (they only have stones for two sheets), and play two 5-end matches in Kalamazoo.
If you’re interested, download the registration form. We need people to sign up ASAP for the South Haven portion… and spaces will likely fill up quickly for the Kalamazoo portion. If you have questions, contact Jason Hall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog posts have been a bit few and far between now that curling season has slipped into history, and the first day of summer has officially arrived… but there are a few things worth letting you all know about.
First, Wings Stadium will be hosting open curling on the LAST Monday in June, July and August. The time and price are the same as always: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a cost of $10 per person (12 and under are free). Let us know that you’re planning on going by E-mail or on the Facebook event page.
Also, our friends at the Fort Wayne Curling Club, down Indiana way, are hosting a summer bonspiel on the 21st and 22nd of August. We would love to send some ambassadors from the Kalamazoo area down to their first attempt at a bonspiel — it may offer some inspiration and ideas for a future Kalamazoo Curling Club event! If you are interested in helping to form a team, send an E-mail and we’ll help get you in touch with other people who express an interest. We have offered to loan them two sets of rocks for their bonspiel (they plan on having 8 sheets available for play), so we really would like to send a group down there to accompany our rocks.
Fall and Winter league information will be available here very soon. We want to get you signed up for 2010-11 curling fun. We have tentative plans for continued curling on Friday nights (broken up into two sessions, as before) and an expanded “Super League” on Monday nights (longer season that covers the entire curling season). Our Beginners’ Leagues were very successful, and we are planning on incorporating those into our 2010-11 season as well.
We have officially be designated as a non-profit organization, so we will also be ramping up the fundraising for our coming season. We’re hoping to get our rock sponsorship program going very soon, too.
So that’s what’s going on this summer… we’ll keep you posted as we have more developments in the next few weeks.
The day has finally come… it is the end of our tournament here in Kalamazoo… and time to send two teams off to the world championships The women will head off to Swift Current, SK, Canada; The men will head off to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
It’s been a fantastic week, and we can’t express enough enthusiasm and appreciation at the VOLUNTEER officials who came from all over the country… the VOLUNTEER ice crew that came from far and near… all the other VOLUNTEERS who made this event possible… and, of course, to all the fantastic, fun, good-spirited athletes that were at the center of this all… We have truly enjoyed hosting you this week, and look forward to seeing you again… on the ice! Thank you! Great curling!
With that, we offer you the final edition of The Early Draw, and a link to the live web stream of the final matches: ladies at 10 AM EST, and men at 3 PM EST.