Wolfeboro Winter Carnival will feature curling open house on Sunday, February 23

Have you found yourself scrolling television channels late in the day and stumbling on a curling match in progress – and have you maybe lingered, mystified by the way a large granite stone can travel a hundred feet with pinpoint accuracy, steered by madly shouting sweepers? Do you know someone who plays on a curling team and is endlessly enthusiastic about the competition, the strategy, and the teamwork?

If so, here’s your chance to find out what the fuss is all about.

Again this year Wolfeboro Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, will feature a curling open house at Pop Whalen Ice Arena. The session, which is set for Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:15 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Members of the Lakes Region Curling Association will be on hand to provide an overview of the game of curling and to offer participants an opportunity to learn scoring and curling skills. Instructions will include an opportunity to try the classic sliding delivery of the curling stone as well as a standing delivery using a specially designed “delivery stick.”

Participants are asked to bring a pair of clean-soled shoes – athletic shoes work well — that they can change into at the rink in order to protect the ice surface from grit and de-icing chemicals found on walkways and parking lots.

For more information about the Olympic sport of curling in general and Lakes Region Curling in particular, see the remainder of this site.