Cel­e­brat­ing spring and St. Pa­trick’s Day

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The days are get­ting longer, the snow is dis­ap­pear­ing and St. Pa­trick’s Day is soon upon us, so Mid­dle­ton Curl­ing Club cel­e­brated with the an­nual Spring is Here spiel.

This one-day fun­spiel was open to all and in­cluded new and ex­pe­ri­enced curlers, friends from out of town, and folks from other clubs who like a day of so­cial curl­ing.

It was a full house and the out­fits – as al­ways – ran from the wear­ing o’ the green in some bizarre ways, to Hawai­ian hula skirts, flow­ered leis, and in the case of club pres­i­dent Ian Reesor, shorts, tank-top, and sun­hat.

There were four draws of six-end games, with a lunch in be­tween for all curlers plus door prizes. At the end of the day, when points were tal­lied, new skip Mike Mck­innnon was the over­all win­ner with his team of Gra­ham Bell, Ber­wick’s Dave Macneil, and new curler Jodi Goudey. They got the tro­phy, brag­ging rights, and first pick at the prize ta­ble.

As in all MCC fun­spiels, there are prizes for ev­ery­one. An ad­di­tional prize was given for best cos­tume that went to Bruce John­son, who ar­rived in full Ir­ish gear in­clud­ing his pot of gold. Ev­ery­one gave a round of ap­plause and a rous­ing cheer for Dave and Nancy Acker who host this great day ev­ery year.

With only a few short weeks of curl­ing left, mem­bers are get­ting as much ac­tiv­ity as pos­si­ble with the re­main­ing time. Chase the Ace con­tin­ues on Fri­day nights, with the pot next week be­ing over $1,400. Draw is at 8 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Satur­day, March 18 is the next Big break­fast, al­ways a hit with the com­mu­nity and the full menu in­cludes ba­con, which ac­cord­ing to com­ments from sat­is­fied cus­tomers, is be­com­ing a rar­ity on the break­fast cir­cuit. The club is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. for this event.

Two more fun­spiels are com­ing up and open to all if you want to get in a lit­tle ex­tra curl­ing be­fore the ice is taken out. Bill Ea­ton runs his end-of-sea­son bon­spiel on two evening in the last week of March. And this year on April 1 the club will host a “Curl for Kids” fun­spiel in sup­port of Big Broth­ers and Big Sis­ters. All are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate and signup sheets are in the club, or you can get in­for­ma­tion through the con­tact page at www.mid­dle­ton­curling­club.com


The win­ning Spring is Here spiel team, from left, Dave Macneil, Mike Mckin­non, Jodi Goudrey and Gra­ham Bell.

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