So. What are you up to this weekend? Movie? Dinner? Theatre?
Boring! How about pushing granite stones with a broom? ON ICE?
It’s called curling – a sport you’ve probably seen in the Olympics (or at 3am on ESPN). Fun fact: apparently, the Royal Montreal Curling Club, est. in 1807, was the first sports club of any kind in North America. The sport is popular in Canada, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland – and Pittsburgh too!
The Pittsburgh Curling Club is located at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center, on Neville Island, just off I-79. Curlers meet most Saturday evenings from October to March. There are two game times – the first is at 6:15 until 8:15 and the second is from 8:30 to 10:45.
But … you are in for a treat! This Saturday (Dec. 10) and next (Dec. 17), the Club offers “Learn to Curl” sessions at 6Pm.
From the web site:
“Just show up or ensure your spot by booking in advance – groups welcome! Equipment provided and instructors available – cost is only $10.00. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and rubber soled shoes – tennis shoes work great. If you have any questions, please contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I was impressed with the organization’s well-designed and informative web site:
I am definitely going to try to make it to one of these events. Maybe there’s some latent talent that has yet to emerge here. In fact, I hope someone reading this takes their kids and wins a gold medal for the hometeam someday. You never know until you try. Go Team Blitz!