Wolfville Curling Centre - 22 Elm Ave. Wolfville, NS B4P 1Z9 (902) 542-3819
Michael Andrew Graves 1957-2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our friend and fellow curler Mike Graves. Our hearts go out to Kim and family. Mike has been a long time member of the Wolfville Curling Centre, a skip, a player, a volunteer. Mike and Kim have been wonderful supporters of our club for many years. He will be missed.
Congratulations to Team Graves, winners of the Ship Hector Bluenose Division!
Wolfville Curling Centre Closed for the 2019-20 Season
Hello Members and Curlers
The Wolfville Curling Club executive had a special meeting Saturday March 15 to review the Provincial strategy circulated by Dr Strang Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding COVID-19. Things are happening quickly, making how to respond without fear, but with adequate care, a challenge. After lengthy discussions and reviewing the facts, the Executive would like to inform the members, and renters of the Wolfville Curling club, that we have decided to suspend the remainder of the 2019-2020 season as of midnight Saturday March 15.
We know many of you will be disappointed as this was a busy week for several gatherings, potlucks and great curling games. Many may say but we don’t have a case in NS. However, the COVID-19 is a pandemic , spreading quickly and will eventually be part of a challenge we must face. To adhere to the provincial strategy, it is important to reduce contact in a proactive approach so as to prevent community spread. As Dr Strang states” If we get really good practice of those personal protective measures of the virus, we can decrease transmission by 30-50 percent.
Let us assure you, this decision was not made lightly. We felt in the best interest of our members we needed to support the provincial strategy.
If individuals need to obtain something from the club, please call the executive and we will arrange to open the club.
Thanks for your understanding!
The WCC Executive
NSCA Club Curler Championship Friday March 13- Sunday March 15
Twenty-one teams are arriving at our club on Friday. To accommodate these teams, we are requesting that you take home your curling gear so that there is space in our locker rooms
Also come and watch the curling and enjoy a snack from the Mac Maidens Café.
Briar Bash 2020 A Fun Event
The curling club was hopping for our annual Briar Bash last weekend. The teams had fun representing their Canadian province, meeting new people and putting in much effort to win the great trophy... the broom.
Jenga and crokinole skills were also part of the point system toward winning this event. Congratulations to our winning team, Gerald Woodbury, Steve Shaffer, Megan White, Mac Routliffe
Lobsters and chicken cordon bleu were very much enjoyed. The Lobster crew Brian, Jamie and Stirling worked outside in very windy frigid conditions to produce beautifully cooked lobsters. The same crew, including Steve Mattson, cut the lobsters to be enjoyed by all! Thanks for doing this!
The kitchen was a buzz with Debbie Boutilier, Kathy Johnson, Bev Girvan, Linda Nette, Bonnie Morrison and others that i might have missed!. Your efforts were commendable! The set up and clean up crews , so necessary, who chipped in to make light work.
Great Day! Thanks Brian Boutilier for taking the lead! Enjoyed by all!
Wolfville Curl for Cancer 2020
Message from Dean Smith Event Organizer.
Thank you to all the volunteers who worked the Bar, the Kitchen, the Ice, the 50/50 scoring, etc., and certainly to the players and fundraisers. I try not to use names in case I miss someone. Chairing the event with me were Marilyn Campbell Proffitt and Alden Profitt. They kept me sane.
We also have to acknowledge the very generous donations to the silent auction by local merchants. The winning bidders are encouraged to recognize these vendors whenever possible. I will also be sending out notes of gratitude to the vendors.
The total amount raised on the day was $12,585.00. However, there was a cheque dropped off to me on Sunday for $200 and another $85 from the silent auction. So the total to date is $12,870.00.
The top 3 teams were:
1 Team: Jim Irving
2 Team: Mike McKillop
3 Team: Chad McKInnon
The full team names will be posted on the annual plaque at the club.
The Top 3 fundraisers were:
1 Mike McKillop
2 Ted Corkum
3 Marilyn Campbell Proffitt
These names will also be posted on the annual plaque at the club.
Again, a sincere thank you to all!
The John Dorman Trophy
Congratulations go out to the Windsor Curling Club winning the John Dorman Trophy this season. Their teams outmatched the WCC both on WIndsor's ice as well as on Wolfville's ice. Well played Windsor!
17th ANNUAL LADIES FUNSPIEL SAT. JAN. 25TH, 2020
Our funspiel was, once again, an astounding success! Forty ladies enjoyed a day of curling, food, and entertainment. Many contributed to making this event a success and a big “thank you” is being sent out to those who assisted in any way.
Music – Janis O
Ticket sales – Pat M
Photographer – Diane B
Bar – Vern L & Shae P.
Ice – Greg W & Tony S
Salads – Carole M, Nelda H, Kathy C, Karen N. Trudy S, Debi S
Desserts – Bev B, Conny B, Don A, Ellen Kennie
Quiche – Vera B, Danette E, Zelma L
Prize winners were:
Janis Ochitwa Dianne Murphy
Nelda Humpherys Suzanne Mader
Carole Morey Patricia Gallant
Biddy Peverill Alison Kennie
Ann Simpson Jamie Kelly
Wine Basket: Jane Harrington
Preserves: Dianne Murphy
Ellen’s Coconut Cream Pie –Vera Burke
Our entertainment was a production entitled Erma Bombeck – “At Wit’s End”. Carole Ball played Erma Bombeck, a suburban housewife and mother who found humor in her day-to-day activities. From the laughter, cheers, and a standing ovation, I think this was an appropriate theme for a large group of women!
Thanks to Dan Kapp for his assistance in setting up the lighting and sound system for the production and to all the ladies for the beautiful bouquet of flowers!
What is Happening at the Wolfville curling Club?
A Message from WCC Executive
We have started 2020 with a bang! The Cash Spiel was a great success with some very impressive curling! Thanks, Tony, for organizing this event and to all Volunteers for making it run smoothly! Great Job!
Many WCC teams are participating in various spiels over the next few months, such as the Grand Masters, Men and Women’s Club Championship, Provincial Stick, Catherine Creighton, just to name a few. We wish you well and thanks for representing WCC.
Sixteen teams of WCC and Glooscap Curling Club, held its first Stick curling visitation. Hubert Sullivan would be proud to see this event occurring between the two clubs. By all reports, the event was a great success and more exchanges are planned.
WCC Ladies Spiel
Another great Ladies'Spiel is being planned for January 25th.Thanks to Audrey Dorey for organizing this fun event!
Curl for Cancer
The Annual Curl for Cancer is happening on February 29th, a great day of curling for a great cause. Start thinking about enrolling for this fun day!
Our annual Briar Bash is scheduled for March 7th. Sign up sheets are posted at the club. Don’t miss this day!
We need your Help!
The WCC club is hosting the Provincial Women and Men’s Club Curlers Championship on March 12,13,14,15. Club curlers, please think about entering a team.
We also will need volunteers to make this a success. Look for the sign up sheets at the club. More information coming… so stay tuned!
Hello to Past -President Mac Maidens
A shout out to Mac. Many members are inquiring about you and wanted to say we are thinking about you.
A reminder to clean your outdoor footwear prior to entering the club.
Also, please check your grippers as we are seeing more debris on the ice.
Thanks and happy curling!
From The WCC Executive
Briar Bash 2020
March 7, 12:30 PM
If fun is what you are looking for, help us create it at the WCC! All are welcome, but there is maximum entries of 64 people so don’t delay to sign up. The signup sheet is on the club's bulletin board.
The $30.00 entry fee includes snacks, and a Lobster Dinner. There will be games at the table, and a chance to win the Silver Broom!
Sign up now at the club!
Below: Opening Ceremonies of the Wolfville Brier as each team troupes their Colours on the ice
Cash Spiel 2020 A Success
Our annual Cash Spiel for 2020 was a great success, showing off some of the excellent talent the province has to offer. Congratulation to the team of Trevor Archibald, David Lonergan, Ross Monette and Mike McGowan as the winners of the 'A' section with team Dugas with Ian Dugas, Andrew Seymore, Richard Weihers and Adam Harris running a very close second as runner up. Congrats to the 'B section winners Team O'Leary made up of Allan O'Leary, Stuart MacLean, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy with Team Jackson made up of Virginia Jackson, Andrea Rushton, Sue McEachern and Debbie Ansenault as the runner up team. We want to thank all of the teams that entered this year, we had one of the strongest fields we have ever had.
As manager/organizer of the Cash Spiel, Tony Stirling wants to also thank all of volunteers that come out to help. Special mention to Greg Williamson for the bar service and help with the ice committee. Audrey Dorey for the food service and lots of other details. Chef Rice for cooking the wings to perfection, everyone thought they were great. And to all others that helped us show off our club and the hospitality that the Wolfville Curling Centre has to offer. This is a big fund raiser for the club and it takes a lot of folks to make it happen.
President Betty Matson also says many thanks to all.
Christmas Curling Schedule
- Wednesday, Thursday curling evenings are to start January 1st & 2nd.
- Monday curling evening, starts January 6th.
- Seniors curl Monday December 30th and Friday January 3rd
- Ladies curling Thursday January 2nd
- Cash Spiel - Saturday, January 4th, Sunday/ January 5th
- Audrey's Ladies Bonspiel January 25th
- Curl for Cancer February 29th
Little Rocks Schedule
Due to ice availability changes on Saturdays please take note of the following Saturday schedule ( all starts remain at 9am):
Jan. 11 and 18
Feb 1 and 15
Also Violy has arranged for a session on Thursday Jan 2 at 4pm. Hope you can make it. We will discuss the possibility of additional weekday dates when we get together on the 11th.
Monday - Wednesday - Thursday Night Players
There is a sign up sheet at the club for the January-March draws. If you plan to play, please sign up ASAP so that John Simpson can make up the draws before the New Year.
Let your skip know if you wish to curl between Christmas & New Year. Play will resume January 2nd, and quite possibly January 1st.
John will be looking for his replacement in 20-21. If you are interested, tell John and he will show/teach you how it works.
Lastly, draws are posted on the website. A spare list is posted in the club, should you need someone to replace you. A good source for spares is to check which team has a bye for that evening.
CanAm Cup A Successful Visit to Wolfville
Friday afternoon, November 22nd, a group of American Curlers brought the Lepping-inch Trophy to Wolfville to play against members of the WCC. Members of the Wolfville club greeted the US arrivals with arched brooms and to the sound of bagpipes played by John Whidden.
The US men were then introduced to the music video “She’s called Nova Scotia” by Rita MacNeil. A traditional Maritime lunch (fishcakes, baked beans, salad, and apple crisp) was then served. After a few words of welcome and the singing of the respective anthems, it was on to curling. The WCC won 2 games, tied 1 and lost one. However, the “spirit” of curling was very much in play. “Farewell to Nova Scotia” ended the US men’s visit to Wolfville.
Their last stop before returning to their country was in Halifax, where the Mayflower Curling Club held a closing banquet. The US men were asked what was the highlight in their tour of our Atlantic provinces: the reply was their visit to Wolfville, that it was “exceptional”. This high compliment is the result of our fantastic curling members, who volunteered their time and energy to make this stop “exceptional”.
A heartfelt thank you to Audrey D. who organized and captained the event, to Tony S. for providing great ice, to the players - some of whom took a day off work- to host and play, to the ladies who worked the kitchen, and served the meal, to Gerry and Kim who worked the bar, to John Whidden who played the bagpipes, to Ken Sponagle who brought in members of the “The Barbershoppers” to sing; and to all who came to watch and support the curling - the best audience the US men had on their tour - a very sincere gratitude for your support.
John Dorman Spiel 2019 Success
We had a successful opening bonspiel this past weekend! John Dorman's bonspiel is a great ice breaker (sorry about the pun) that reconnects us with our curling friends and welcomes new members. It also not only remembers the late John Dorman, who contributed so much to the WCC, but it also raises funds for the club, over $2100.
However, this would not have been possible without the wonderful help we received from our members and non-members: Vern, who decorated our tables, Nelda, Darlene, Brian P. who peeled and cut potatoes and carrots, Gerry & Kim who tended bar for us, Jane C. who registered the teams, Tony and Greg who maintained the ice, Bev B., Phyllis G. & Angela M. who contributed to the menu, our servers, our dishwashers, Mac R. who responded to all our requests, such as being MC, guarding the parking lot, changing light bulbs, etc,; and to all the curling participants,
A Sincere Heartfelt Thank you!
Carole, Audrey D., Kathy J.
Regular Curling Starts Monday Oct 28
Needed - One More Team
We have 15 teams registered for the John Dorman Opening Spiel Nov 1-2. It will work so much better if there are 16 teams. So ask around, make a team and email Jane.
Here are the details for the John Dorman Opening Spiel scheduled for November 1st and 2nd. The cost is $120 per team, which includes a turkey dinner the Saturday evening. Snacks will also be provided Friday evening and Saturday. The cost for a dinner guest is $30. There is room for 16 teams. Register your team with Jane Cayford: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to Curl sessions this week at the WCC
This week, Oct 16, 17 & 18, at 7 pm., the WCC is holding the curling clinics for new curlers, and for those who wish to refresh their skills. There will be help available for the new curlers, but any extra help would be most appreciated. For those who have never curled before, please wear shoes that do not slip such as running shoes, and if you have a helmet, bring that.
Social and Registration Friday October 18
The Friday evening will include a social evening with registration. This year's form includes a waiver that will need to be signed by all who curl.
The week of October 20th, there will be curling every evening which includes stick curling and mixed doubles.
Register for the John Dorman Opening Spiel
As of Monday Oct 14 there are 10 teams registered for the John Dorman Spiel. There is space for 6 more teams. The deadline to register is October 25.
Here are the details for the John Dorman Opening Spiel scheduled for November 1st and 2nd. The cost is $120 per team, which includes a turkey dinner the Saturday evening. Snacks will also be provided Friday evening and Saturday. The cost for a dinner guest is $30. There is room for 16 teams. Register your team with Jane Cayford: email@example.com by October 25th.
Please find below the anticipated dates for the Little Rocks Program for 2019-20*. Some Saturdays may be preempted.
The first date Oct. 19* is an off-ice, sign-up information get together for parents and participants. This is an ideal time for new curlers to obtain information.
The annual fee for full participation is $100.
*Saturday Oct.19 10 am. Meet and greet. Sign up . Information session. (off ice)
Regular sessions: 9-11am Saturdays
November 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 21
January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 29
March 7, 21
Message from Wolfville Curling Club Executive
The Wolfville Curling club executive is making plans to begin its season! I wanted to ensure you are aware of the events being planned hence the reason for this letter.
Clean up day-October 5th
Cleaning the club will occur on October 5,2019 from 9-12pm organized by Mac Routliffe.If you can spare some time and help with some cleaning duties, we would appreciate it!
Installation of the Ice
The ice will go in on October 14 under the guidance of Tony Stirling and the ice committee. The membership Committee (Audrey Doery ,Dean Smith and Diane Burns) will began the recruitment of new members on most Saturdays in September at the club. They will seek out the market crowd. Please drop down to give your membership committee support.
Curling clinics will occur October 16,17 and 18th for new curlers and those who wish to stick curl.
Registration and Housewarming Party
On Friday, October 18th from 7-9pm, a housewarming and Registration night is planned organized by Kathy Johnson, Audrey Dorey , Kim Graves and Mac Routliffe Games , food and liquid refreshments will be enjoyed by all!. Come and meet our new members and returning members to kick off the season! The Registration desk, will be active so you can bring your registration form with a cheque/cash or pay by e-transfer(from home) as instructed on the form. Please note: Registrations are due this year by November 15th.We are also requesting the Canadian Curling Liability forms to be sign regarding your responsibility in safety. Most clubs have been requiring this for the last few years.
The week of October 20th regular curling will begin!
John Dorman Spiel
Yes we are having our third John Dorman spiel first week-end of November. The Committee co-chaired by Carole Morey and Kathy Johnson will be sending out details as to registration etc very soon .
AGM Save the Date
Our AGM is schedule on Sunday, November 24 at 1pm. Please mark this on your calendar!
That’s all for now……………stay tuned!
Curling Starts Soon
The Wolfville Curling Club (WCC) 2019-20 season is -incredibly- but a few weeks away! There will be an information booth in front of the curling club (Elm Avenue) every Saturday morning, from September 7th until Thanksgiving, 930-1230. On your way to the Saturday morning market, stop by to say hello. We will be happy to answer questions about curling and/or give you a tour of the club.
Curling has become very popular in Canada, in part because of how well Canadian teams have represented us in World and Olympic championships. Also, more than any other team sport, curling epitomizes the spirit of good sportsmanship, which begins and ends with handshakes. Moreover, it is a great way to chase some of those winter blues.
Curling has also developed offshoots such as mixed doubles curling, and stick curling. The club offers both of these options. The WCC also has a "Little Rocks" program for school aged children.
In October, free curling instructions will be offered. Thus, stop by on a Saturday morning, to ask us why you should become a curler!