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
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.
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.
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.
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.”