LRCA Annual Meeting set for August 11

The Lakes Region Curling Association holds its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wolfeboro Public Library. 

The brief session provides an opportunity for LRCA members to get an update on both the organization’s recent activities and on developing plans. 

Most importantly, members elect the Board of Directors for the coming year. Since the directors elect the organization’s president and other officers, and those individuals make all decisions regarding the LRCA’s operations, this is an opportunity for members to have input into those decisions.

And now the planning begins

When LRCA organizers proposed setting up curling in the Lakes Region, the community responded — and how!

Organizers hoped to sign up a minimum of 28 curlers for a six-team league this fall. What they got were over 40 sign-ups, and it now appears that there will be either eight or ten teams, depending on the schedule that organizers and participants find most convenient. 

That means that there may be eight teams playing mostly on the original schedule — Sunday evenings, with one or two Mondays thrown in so that league play ends before the Christmas holidays.

Alternatively, the league could be organized with some teams playing all games on Sundays and other teams playing all games on Mondays, depending on player preference.

A third option would be to have all teams play a schedule that has them rotating between Sundays and Mondays.

Once teams are organized — something that should happen in the near future — organizers will weigh the alternatives to find the solution that works best for most players.

Stay tuned!

LRCA plans Fall 2015 curling league in Wolfeboro

The Lakes Region Curling Association is planning a Fall 2015 curling league at Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro. The 10-game league will begin in mid-October and end just before the Christmas holidays. There will be a break during Thanksgiving week.

With one or two exceptions, the league will play on Sunday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m., starting on Sunday, October 18. A learn-to-curl session will be held for new players on Friday, October 16.

The league will feature six teams playing on three sheets at Pop Whalen. Participants will be free to form their own teams of four to six players or to request that league organizers match them with  other players to form a team. 

The sign-up deadline for the fall league is Friday, July 24.

For those looking to try out curling before signing up, Plymouth State University has a number of scheduled drop-in curling dates and times set between now and the July 24 LRCA deadline. Anyone wanting to get a feel for curling can just drop in at a scheduled time and, for a $5 fee, get two hours of exposure to curling rules and game play. Visit the PSU Arena site for information on the drop-in schedule.

For both the PSU drop-in curling and the planned fall league in Wolfeboro, the only equipment that participants need is a pair of clean-soled sneakers. All other equipment is provided.

All participants of the league must be LRCA members. A one-year membership costs $100, with $75 acknowledged as a donation for tax purposes. Cost of the Fall league is $150. 

PSU schedules learn-to-curl session, summer league

Plymouth State University has scheduled a free learn-to-curl session for Saturday, July 5, at 6 p.m. The event is intended for those who have little or no experience curling and would like to know more about the game. Activities take place at PSU’s modern ice arena on Route 175A in Plymouth.

Anyone interested in signing up can email Marlana Solebello at please sign-up by e-mailing  marlanas@plymouth.edu

PSU is also scheduling a summer curling league starting in July. For more information, see the PSU web site.

Curling information and signup session set for July 8

The Lakes Region Curling Association is holding an informational session on Wednesday, July 8, at the Wolfeboro Public Library in preparation for a 10-week curling league that will start in October at Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro.

LRCA curling experiences are designed for participants all ages, for men and women, and for people of varied abilities.

The July 8 session starts at 7 p.m. and will offer an overview of the game of curling, display some of the equipment used in game play, and present information about how the local fall league will operate. Members of the public from throughout the Lakes Region are encouraged to attend, hear organizers discuss the upcoming program, and ask questions about the sport.

Participants in the LRCA’s fall league will be free to organize their own teams of four to six members (game play will allow for members to rotate into a game), but organizers will also create teams for individuals who do not have one already formed.

While most of us are familiar with the classic sliding delivery in curling, players may also throw their stones using a special push stick that enables the player to walk towards the delivery point and slide a stone without the need to stoop.

Curling matches in progress

Curling matches in progress

Game on for local curlers

The Thin Ice Six, a group of novice curlers from Wolfeboro, finds itself in the middle of a competitive first season at Plymouth State University Ice Arena, where, as of the first weekend in April, the team sports a 2-2 record.

The images below capture the group’s most recent outing.

Bob O’Keefe prepares to launch a “rock” down the center line  IMG_4392
 IMG_4405 Carl Crosley watches his throw start to curl towards its target
Ice Arena director Dave Gyger shows curlers how to use a dial measure to determine which of two stones is closer to the “button” in the center of the “house”  IMG_4435
IMG_4411 Hugh Crawford launches a throw with a little help from Andrea Dudley
Andrea Dudley and Carl Crosley sweep as a Bob O’Keefe’s throw approaches the house IMG_4433
IMG_4437 Dave Gyger gives the Thin Ice Six the bad news — their stone is slightly farther from the button than the stone of the opposing team

Local curlers organizing for Plymouth State spring league

The Lakes Region Curling Association is organizing teams of local residents to participate in Plymouth State University’s second annual curling league, set to begin in mid-March and run through the end of April. Participants can choose to play on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.

Here’s the league schedule. Note that each day in the schedule can accommodate at most eight teams and that Sunday is already closed.

Teams can consist of four to six members. The fee is $400 per team.

The league schedules one match per team on each playing date, and, on any given day, four members from a team can participate in the scheduled match. Having five or six members on a team helps ensure that, for a given match, there will be a full team present. 

The LRCA has already organized one six-member team and is looking for additional participants. Players at all levels of experience — or no experience at all — are encouraged to join and to help build a core of enthusiasts in the Lakes Region. 

Residents are free to organize their own teams or let LRCA organizers pair them with compatible players from the area. 

The season will begin with a learn-to-curl session on Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. 

For more information, use the Contact Us page on this web site. Inquiries will receive a prompt response. 

LRCA benefits from AmazonSmile purchases

The Lakes Region Curling Association has joined Amazon’s Smile program, which enables Amazon customers to direct a percentage of their purchase payments to participating non-profit organization. The program returns 0.5% of each purchase under the program to the buyer’s designated cause.

To shop through AmazonSmile, a purchaser set his or her browser to smile.amazon.com. Eligible products are labeled “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Customers use the same account on AmazonSmile as they do at Amazon.com. A customer’s shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On the first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), a customer needs to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before starting to shop. The Lakes Region Curling Association is included among the eligible organizations.

That choice remains in effect until changed by the customer, and every eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com made after the selection will result in a donation.

LRCA is granted non-profit status by IRS

The Lakes Region Curling Association received 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the federal Internal Revenue Service on Oct. 16, 2014. The designation enables donors to deduct donations on their federal taxes to the extent permitted by law.

The LRCA is also registered as a charitable organization with the New Hampshire Secretary of State and Attorney General’s offices.

Non-profit status will enhance the association’s efforts to pursue grants in support of its activities. The LRCA is currently in an organizational phase and is expected to begin recruiting members for organized curling activities in late spring 2015.

LRCA launches with curling excursion

 The Lakes Region Curling Association kicked off its organizational phase with a learn-to-curl excursion to Plymouth State University Ice Arena in early October.

For four LRCA directors and companions, the visit provided an opportunity to educate themselves about some basic curling rules and techniques.

The Plymouth State curling program provided the needed stones, brooms, sliders (footwear), and other needed equipment as well as an instructor to take participants through the basic terminology and execution of a curling session. They then tested their abilities, sending the stones down the ice toward the “house” at the other end — sometimes using the conventional sliding delivery and at other times trying out standing shots with “delivery sticks.”