February 2020 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

We are well past the halfway mark of the curling season. In fact, we have just 9 more weeks of curling and another season will have ended. Where has the year gone? From here on in, the club is extremely busy with rentals, bonspiels, both "in club" as well as "open to out of town" teams, regular league play, playoffs and end of year banquets. Before you know it, the season will be over for another year. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves and get started on this month’s newsletter.

Steak Night:

As mentioned in our last newsletter Friday, February 14th is our next steak night. Members are reminded to sign up early so that they do not miss out on this function. Even though this steak night is traditionally run by your Board Members, we would really appreciate help running this event. The shifts are approximately two hours and we need volunteers to assist with the duties required to run this fundraiser. See John McCrae or Dave Nigh if you are able to assist that night.

DeNure Bus Trip:

Recently you would have received an email from the club regarding a fundraising venture through DeNure Tours. It is a trip to New York City from May 23rd to 27th . The price per person of $2845/ Single and $2245/Double are in Canadian dollars and includes all taxes. The price includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, baggage handling, services of a tour director, 4 nights’ accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, cocktail reception at the Hilton stopover in Scranton, PA, The Ride: Interactive Bus Tour, 911 Memorial, One World Observatory, Liberty & Ellis Island Cruise, and a Broadway Musical.

As for the fundraiser, the Lindsay Curling Club will get $100 donated back for every guest booked. The minimum number of guests is 35 and the maximum number of guests is 45. The trip is open to LCC members, relatives, friends and neighbours. For more information contact DeNure Tours directly at 1-800-668-6859 or contact Floyd Walden, LCC member, at 705-324-9792.


There is something going on at the club each weekend from now to the end of March. We have fundraising bonspiels such as the Humane Society Spiel and the United Way Bonspiel. Early in February we have the City of Kawartha Lakes Funspiel, our Senior Invitational Jack DeBois Bonspiel, the Kawartha Senior Men’s Spiel and our two day Frost Whetter Oaklin Ladies Spiel. Also, we will be hosting the second annual Little Rock Bonspiel sponsored by Crayola that was a tremendous success last year. To windup the month of February we have our Lindsay Curling Club Men’s Classic. It will be a crazy month with all of these spiels and we can also throw in an ice maintenance weekend when Mark floods the ice for the final stretch. Wow! What a busy month!! Let’s carry on with reports from the spiels we had in January.

Our Last Heart and Soul Bonspiel: Report prepared by Mary Auld

Wednesday, January 8th was the Last Ladies In-Club Heart and Soul Bonspiel. Kim Thornbury, our sponsor for over 5 years sadly will not be supporting this spiel again. She was so easy to work with, providing pick of the table prizes for the top 4 winning teams, a double knock out and one hog rock prize. She wishes to put her sponsorship attention to other avenues. Center pieces decorating the lunch tables were from Kim’s store on Sussex Street. Kim had prices available for all the curious curlers. A great marketing opportunity.

Winners 2020 were:
1st place: Judy Maclean, Anita Allen, Shirley Richardson, Linda Shier.
2nd place team: Marg Preston, Heather Sisson, Elaine Elliot, Liz Gundy.
3rd place team: Maria Bennett, Hermine Flynn, Brenda La Pierre, Kerry Pomroy.
4th place team: Pat Ford, Bev McMillan, Jan Robinson, Sandra Carew.

Thanks to Jan Guillard and Kathy Shannon for working the Breakfast Coffee shift. Thank you to Linda Matson and Jane Whitfield for Lunch and Bonspiel work. Thank you to Kelley Reynolds and her helpers for providing a substantial delicious lunch. Also, thank you to Arol Fairbairn for being our drawmaster, yet again! Thank you to the many curlers who filled in at various times to make this spiel a great success. Finally, a “thank you gift” donated by Linda Matson, was presented to Kim Thornbury wishing her success and thanking her for her many years of sponsorship!

In closing, we have an opening for a new sponsor for this In Club Spiel. Anyone with suggestions please contact Anita Allen, our Bonspiel Chair.

U-15 Youth Bonspiel and Youth Curling Report: Prepared by Diana Rogers

Youth curlers from Peterborough, Ayr, Haliburton, Richmond Hill, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Lindsay, High Park, and Huntsville played 2 – 8 end games at the U-15 Cash Spiel on January 11. There were 8 teams on a waiting list as far away as Sarnia and Kingston. Many spectators enjoyed lunch at the club and bought many arm’s length draw prize tickets. Sponsor, John O’Reilly presented First Place Prize and the trophy to a very excited Team Tully from Uxbridge. Other winners were from Peterborough, Haliburton and Ayr.

Many thanks to the parents who helped and club volunteers Kim Ross, Deb Hatch, Marilyn O’Reilly, Cathy Terry, Kathryn Shannon, Susan Bianconi, Diane Argue, Linda Matson, Kathie LeBlanc, Mike Smith, Bruce Rogers and Draw Master Doug Ross. Thanks to Mark and Nathan for the great ice. Thanks to the many corporate donors for contributions to our prize draw table. Thanks everyone. The bonspiel wouldn’t have been a success without your help.

A special thanks to our sponsor John O’Reilly Real Estate Brokerage and the continued support of youth curling. Without the generosity of sponsors like John, these bonspiels don’t happen. We look forward to another successful U-15 Cash Spiel next January.

8 year old Abigail Lopez is on her way to the Provincials in Cornwall for the Hit Draw Tap skills competition February 2. We wish her much success. Abigail is at the Provincials for being one of the top 10 Provincial curlers in her age category.

The Sunday youth curling league continues inter-club play with Peterborough, Bobcaygeon and Lakefield. The curlers learn new skills at each outing. Thanks to Mike Smith for coordinating inter-club play.

The Lindsay youth league will host the Crayola Little Rock Fun Spiel on February 22 for novice and non- competitive curlers. We are grateful to sponsor Crayola Canada for their continued support of our youth curlers. 12 teams of curlers, ages 7 to 12 will play 2 six end games separated by lunch. All will receive a Crayola prize. The Fun Spiel is full with curlers registered from Barrie, Lindsay, Port Perry, Bobcaygeon, Peterborough, Bancroft, Uxbridge, West Northumberland and York. The day should be a lot of fun.

Thanks everyone for your continued support of youth curling at the Lindsay Curling Club.

Diana Rogers
Youth Leader

Special Olympics Qualifier:

On January 4th the Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Special Olympics Eastern Ontario Playdowns. There were eight teams from Ottawa to Toronto attending this competition with hopes of advancing to the Provincial Finals. The following is a report from Finni Verbik thanking all who made this day a memorable event for the athletes and all involved.

Many thanks to our Draw Master, Doug Ross, our on ice assistants - Noreen Moore, Mary Auld, Kim Ross, Terry Gallagher, Cathy Mullins, Kelly James and Terry Lenhardt. Thank you to our kitchen helpers – Anne Rodd, Carol Garland, Shirley Toombs, Gloria Broad, JoAnne Sutherland and Chiara Moore. A special Thank you to the Knights of Columbus who served the athletes and coaches their delicious lunch. Thank you to all those who donated baked goods. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Mark and Nathan, Dave and John McCrae! It takes many hands to make this day a success……Thank you all so very much!

Thank you to everyone who had any part in putting on these bonspiels. We certainly appreciate all of your efforts and that’s what makes this club so special….everyone gives a lending hand when there is a job to be done! Thank you for your support!!

Cogeco Mixed Bonspiel Championship:

An email came to the club regarding an interesting mixed bonspiel in Huntsville from March 12 – 15, 2020. This is the first year for the spiel and they are looking for 12 teams that must be from a select Cogeco viewing area. (Huntsville, Pembroke, Lindsay and Northumberland have been contacted) . There is No Entry Fee and the teams are guaranteed 3 games with championship games being played on Sunday. The intent is for each club to send two teams to represent their club. To offset the cost of the 3 meals that will be provided over the weekend Huntsville Curling Club is charging $25.00/player. For accommodation the Comfort Inn Huntsville is providing discounted room rates to participating teams.

This is a true mixed bonspiel. Two males and two females in alternating positions. All players are from the same curling club. The format depending on the number of teams will more than likely be 3 divisions. The teams in each division will play each other. The division winners will advance to the semi-final. The best second place finisher will advance to the semi-final. Each team will be assigned points for their wins, number of ends won and points scored. These points will determine the best second place finisher. Along with the winning trophy there will be cash prizes for the champion and the finalist. YourTV will have live or tape delayed coverage of play from the semi-final and the final in all Cogeco markets represented.

It sounds like an interesting concept and if interested see the attached form (click here for the form) to register your team. Entry deadline is February 28th and if you need any further information contact Kristen and Lou D'Alenssandro - Bonspiel Coordinator at 705-789-4571 or at info@huntsvillecurlingclub.ca . LCC Draw: You may recall that in December there was a draw for three Goldline Curling Vests. These vests were generously donated by Jim Allen who also provides a service to the club by providing our members Goldline equipment for purchase. The tickets were sold at $5.00 a piece and we were able to raise $320.00. Thank you Jim and also all those who purchased a ticket. The draw was held last month and the winners were Tara James, Terry Gavan and Laverne Coulter. Any member who didn’t win a vest but would still like the opportunity to purchase one please see Jim or call him at 705-878-5994.

Fundraising Dance:

The last few years the Lindsay Curling Club has hosted a dance over the summer to raise funds for our club. This year the club is organizing another dance to take place at the curling club on Saturday, June 6th. The band featured is ”The Harry Peterson Band” and they play a wide variety of music. Stay tuned for future updates and be sure to mark on your home calendar the June 6th date. Tickets will be available shortly.

THRIL Euchre Party:

T.H.R.I.L. (Therapeutic Horse Riding in Lindsay) is having a card party at the Lindsay Curling Club on Saturday, March 14th beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be pizza, dessert and pop to begin with and then cards will start at 7:00 p.m. There will be a choice of playing regular euchre or bid euchre. There will be door prizes and cash prizes for game winners. All this for just $25.00. To register click here for the form. Contact Joan Mercer for more information at 705-878-8971 or email her at jrmercer@cogeco.ca .

    Reminders for Your Calendar:

  • Saturday, February 1st - City of Kawartha Lakes Fun Spiel
  • Wednesday, February 5th - DeBois Senior Invitational Bonspiel
  • Friday, February 7th - Regular Seniors and Inter Club Play (Peterborough Golf & Country Club)
  • Saturday, February 8th - Humane Society Charity Bonspiel
  • Wednesday, February 12th – Kawartha Senior Men’s Bonspiel
  • Friday, February 14th - Steak Night
  • Saturday, February 15th & Sunday, February 16th – No Curling - Ice Maintenance
  • Wed., February 19th and Thursday, February 20th - Frost Whetter Oaklin Two Day Ladies Bonspiel
  • Saturday, February 22nd – LCC Crayola Little Rocks Fun Bonspiel
  • Tuesday, February 25th - Regular Seniors and Inter Club Play (Ennismore)
  • Friday, February 28th – Sunday, March 1st – Lindsay Curling club Men’s Classic Spiel

That’s all for now!

Dave Nigh