March 2020 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

It's hard to believe that the month of February is already over and that we only have five weeks of curling left this year. The club has been extremely busy with bonspiels, rentals and our February 14th steak night. February also contained the Scottie Tournament of Hearts where Team­­­­ Einarson led Team Manitoba to the Scotties Title and will represent Canada at the Ford World Championship in Prince George, B.C. later this month (March 14 - 22). February was a special month with Valentine's Day, Wiarton Willie, Canada’s most celebrated groundhog, and this year, February had an extra day as it was a Leap Year.

March marks the start of the Tim Hortons Brier which is being held in Kingston, Ontario this year. Some of our members are making the short trip to watch, in person, the provincial champions battle to earn the right to represent Canada at the Ford World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland from March 28th – April 5th .

Enough is enough….let’s get started on this month’s newsletter!!

Pancake Breakfast:

On Sunday, March 1st the Tuesday Evening Women are running a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children aged 5 - 10. Children under 5 eat free. There is also a Family Deal offered where 2 adults and 2 children can enjoy a tasty breakfast for $20.00. Since the breakfast is being held at the same time as our Lindsay Curling Classic Men's Bonspiel come on out for breakfast and then enjoy watching a game of curling.

World Wheelchair Curling Championships:

I recently was talking to Jon Thurston, a member of our club, about his up and coming competition. As many of you may know Jon is one of two wheelchair curlers at our club, the other being Matt Kuiken. Jon is quite an accomplished curler and maybe you have seen him on the commercials that were running during the Scottie Tournament of Hearts. Jon is a member of Team Canada and will be playing later this month. Here is part of an email that Jon shared with me…….

I’m very excited to get another opportunity to represent Canada at the 2020 World Wheelchair Curling Championships hosted in Wetzikon, Switzerland. The competition begins Feb. 29 - March 7. We have a great team headed over there and hope to bring a medal back for Canada! Our team consists of:

Mark Ideson (London, ON) - Lead/Skip Dennis Theissen (Winnipeg, MB) - Second Ina Forrest (Armstrong, BC) - Third Jon Thurston (Dunsford, ON) - Fourth Collinda Joseph (Ottawa, ON) - Alternate Wayne Kiel (Balgonie, SK) - Head Coach

Here is the link for the competition website: https://worldcurling.org/events/wwhcc2020/

We are hoping the games will be streamed but have no word on that yet but I will pass that info along when I know more. I appreciate you passing the info along!

We all wish Jon and the rest of Team Canada all the best…..Go Canada Go!!!!!

Bonspiels:

Jack DeBois Memorial Invitational Senior Bonspiel:

On February 5th we had 24 Senior Men's teams visit our club to participate in this popular spiel. We had teams from Fenelon Falls, Lakefield, Woodville, Whitby, Oshawa, Peterborough, Cobourg, Omemee, Norwood, Port Perry and of course Lindsay.

The early draw winner and the eventual overall winning team was skipped by Dan Reynolds, Don Harris (Vice), Frank Smith (2nd) and Ralph Mutton (lead). Well Done guys!! On the second draw, a Fenelon Falls/Bobcaygeon rink skipped by Fred Broder won their draw.

Between the first and second games the players were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Dianne Ireland Country Cooking. Thank you to Maxine Anderson and to Faye Flood who helped to serve coffee and morning treats and also assisted in setting up for the two lunches. Anthony served the teams their beverages and thank you to Mark and Nathan for the great ice. We also need to thank Dan Reynolds for organizing the spiel. A good time was had by all and we hope that we can fill this bonspiel again next year.

Kawartha League Senior Men’s Bonspiel:

On February 12th Lindsay hosted the Kawartha Senior Men’s Spiel. Within the Kawartha League there are 10 bonspiels that take place throughout the year. Each of the 10 host clubs holds a one day two game bonspiel beginning in November and ending in March. All of the participating Inter-Club teams have the opportunity to play in any or all of the 10 bonspiels. It is all in good fun and fellowship and it appeared that all who played had a great day. Again the spiel was filled with 24 teams. Each draw played two games and enjoyed another fine lunch provided by Dianne’s County Cooking.

The early draw was won by a team from Peterborough Golf and Country Club skipped by John McGrath. The late draw and eventual overall winning rink was a Lindsay team skipped by Raymond Knox. On his team were Bill Rourke (Vice), Doug Murray (2nd) and Gary Ralph (Lead). It was a tight game and an extra end was needed to determine a winner. Congratulations guys!!

Frost Whetter Oaklin Insurance 2-Day Ladies Bonspiel: (Report Prepared by Anita Allen)

The 43rd Frost Whetter Oaklin Two Day Bonspiel was held on February 19th and 20th. There were 19 teams from out of town and 5 teams from the Lindsay Curling Club.

The Sponsors from Frost Whetter Oaklin were generous with their sponsorship and time, greeting curlers on Wednesday morning and handing out swag bags to all. They also were in charge of the evenings' entertainment and did a fabulous job. Acts also performed by Team Sage from Lakefield and Team Purvis from Fenelon Falls.

Wednesday lunch and dinner were provided by Kelly of Dianne's Country Cooking and the teams were “home hosted” on Thursday.

Thanks to generous donations from our Ladies' section, we had many beautiful baskets for our raffle which raised over $1,700.00.

Teams in the A, B, C event were piped onto the Ice on Thursday by Brian Gowan and our FWO rep, Alaina Baker was there for the toast and to award the prizes for the D, E, and F event. The Trophy Winner was Mary Ellen Bannon's team from Peterborough, 2nd place went to Louise Haugen and her team from Port Perry and 3rd place was Linda Parcels and her team from Lakefield. Thank you to FWO Reps Anne Kearns, Kim Appleton, Giselle Ferraro, Alaina Baker and Shannon West and Brianna.

There were many wonderful comments during the two days! Huge “Thanks” to the Bonspiel Committee and everyone who donated their time, their homes, food, raffle items and more!!

Crayola Little Rock Fun Spiel: Youth Curling Report for March 2020

Congratulations to Abigail Lopez for winning the Provincials in her age category in the Hit Draw Tap skills competition held in Cornwall, February 2nd . Abigail goes on to compete at the Brier in Kingston on March 8th . We wish her good luck.

The Crayola Little Rock Fun Spiel on February 22nd was a huge success. Non-competitive youth aged 7 and up from Barrie, Uxbridge, Bobcaygeon, Port Perry, Peterborough, Bancroft, Newmarket, West Northumberland and Lindsay played two six end game, had lunch and all received a Crayola prize. Congratulations to Miranda Teel, Sadie Shannon, Connor Fraser and Donald Campbell of Lindsay for winning the spiel.

Thanks to sponsor Crayola for their continued generous support of youth curling.

Thanks to Deb Hatch, Becky Dunbar, Joyce and Helen Foote, Katherine Shannon, John Strange, Shamus Shannon, Draw Master Doug Ross, Nathan and Mark West for the great ice, Mike Smith and Bruce Rogers. Thanks to all of you for your valuable assistance with this spiel.

A special thanks to the on-ice monitors, John Baldry, Eric Harding, Don Harris and his son-in-law Glenn, Jack Kyle, Don Campbell and Jason Vehrs who kept the game on time and tried to stay warm. . Thanks too to our junior curlers Willem Hancin, Walker Vehrs, Dayna Redhead and her sister Denise for serving lunch and clearing tables.

Thanks to club members and the many local merchants who donated prizes for the draw prize table. Thanks everyone for your support of youth curling.

Our youth curlers continue inter-club play and entering bonspiels at other clubs. These young curlers are the future of our club.

We welcome any assistance you can provide on Sunday afternoons.

Diana Rogers Youth co-coordinator

Triple Bogey Draw:

Here at Lindsay Curling Club we have two draughts on tap at our bar from the Triple Bogey Brewing Company. For the past few years that company has given us some prizes to do as a draw in appreciation for using their product. This year our winners were Marc Sorenson – Curling Broom, Floyd Walden – Hat and Jan Mikkelsen won the Hurry Hard Mugs. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the Triple Bogey Brewing Company!

New York City Fund-Raising Tour. May 23 - 27

Do sign-up now for our Club’s Tour. Currently 24 individuals have, which brings us over half-way to the 35 passengers on which the tour price was based. In early March Broadway Theatre Tickets and hotel rooms need to be confirmed. Invite your friends and family to join you on this fun-filled tour today. It will be an adventure for all and a fundraiser for our Club!

For your convenience, here is a review of our New York Tour. 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.

For more information or to book contact DeNure Tours at 1-800-668-6859. In addition, speak to Floyd Walden, Tour Director and LCC member, at 705-324-9792 for details.

Hope to see you on board!

Hit, Draw & Tap Results:

For a few years now as part of the youth curling program the club has participated in the OCA Hit, Draw and Tap (HDT) competition. “HDT” is an individual skills competition for kids ages 6-13. The participants can “hit,” “draw” & “tap” their way from local competitions to a provincial championships. This year one of our youth curlers advanced to and won first place at the Provincial Championships held at the Cornwall Civic Centre in Cornwall as part of the 2020 Men’s Tankard and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Abigail Lopez now gets to move on to take part in the HDT competition at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ontario. Congratulations Abigail and good luck in Kingston!!!! We will all be cheering you on!!!

Year End Party:

Last year, you may recall, we resurrected the Year End Party. There was corner to corner curling, a light lunch and skating on the ice. It was a great way to end up the year and also help to carve up the ice so it would melt a little faster. It went over so well that we have decided to do it again this year!

Lindsay Curling Club Year End Party
Sunday, April 5th
From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
BBQ – Hot dogs, hot chocolate and Tim Bits
Corner to Corner Curling Challenge
Skating for everyone!!
Members, families and friends are welcome!!!
See you there!!

    Reminders for Your Calendar:

  • Friday, Feb. 28 - March 1 - Lindsay Curling Classic Men's Spiel
  • Sunday, March 1 – TEW Pancake Breakfast – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 4 - Senior Mini Spiel
  • Saturday, March 7 - United Way Bonspiel
  • Friday, March 13 - Senior InterClub - Campbellford
  • Saturday, March 21 - Women's Open Bonspiel
  • Friday, March 27 - Friday Night Mixed Pizza
  • Thursday, April 2 - Day Ladies Spring Meeting (Noon to 1:30 pm)
  • Friday, April 3 - Championship Steak Night
  • Saturday, April 4 - Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet
  • Sunday, April 5 – Year Skate/Games Party
  • Monday, April 6- Year End Banquet
  • Wednesday, April 8 - Women's Banquet
 

The curling season will be over before we know it and we will turn our attention to spring chores and other outdoor activities. Be sure to watch for information regarding your year-end banquets around the Club. That is about all for now.

Dave Nigh