It’s time to get excited about curling! Every four years, during the Winter Olympics there is an increased level of interest in the sport - ranging from mere curiosity to ambitious plans on making the next US Olympic Curling team. If either of those descriptions fit somewhere in your wheelhouse you have the opportunity to learn more about the sport with the Copper Country Curling Club (CCCC) right here in Calumet.
Gary Lassila (President of the CCCC) met with Main Street Calumet crew to show us the facility and talk a little bit about this upcoming season. Gary explained that there is a noticeable “Olympic Bump” every four years, and this year should prove no different. For those interested in taking up the sport, you should know that everything you will need will be provided, but those more experienced curlers will eventually end up purchasing their own equipment.
The curling facility itself is outstanding. Aside from the incredible work done to install the curling lanes, or “sheets” into the old C & H Drill House, there is a fantastic warming room that even includes video monitors of the far end sheets, so observers can follow the action comfortably from within the warming facility. According to Gary, the "natural ice" housed in a permanent facility, such as it is in the old C & H Drill House, is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
What follows here is excerpted from the Copper Country Curling Club - and do not hesitate to contact Gary Lassila should you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Open Houses are coming fast, and if you want to learn the sport, or join a league as a skilled player, it is time to move into action. And with the Olympics coming, Gary does expect to hold an additional “learners” open house at some point during Olympics.
“December is here and the Copper Country Curling Club is preparing for another great season. We hope that everyone who curled last year will return and of course, we are always looking for new curlers. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested. Please e-mail me if you do not plan to curl this year.
Good news everyone...we have reduced membership dues!
1st year players and students = $60 (last year $70)
2nd year players = $80 (last year $120)
3 or more years = $120 (last year $160)
These memberships allow you to play in either Tuesday or Thursday league if you wish to. An additional $20 is required if you want to play both nights. If you plan to curl this upcoming season, please submit a membership form or e-mail me that you plan to play.
Link to membership form: https://sites.google.com/site/coppercountrycurlingclub/membership
(scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 2nd blue arrow)
Dues will not be required until late January. League play is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday January 2nd and Thursday January 4th. Learn to Curl will begin on Wednesday, January 10th.
The weekly schedule remains the same:
Monday – college curling night (MTU & Finlandia students)
Tuesday – League curling, games at 7pm and 9pm
Wednesday – Learn to Curl from 7pm-9pm
Thursday – League curling, games at 7pm and 9pm
The Learn to Curl program is for people with very little or no prior curling experience. It will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm and will run throughout the curling season (about 10 weeks) beginning January 10th.
We now have a “Social membership” for people who would like to join the Copper Country Curling Club, but do not want to curl. The social membership is aimed at people who will be visiting the club to watch family/friends curl. The cost is $30. (a social membership is NOT required to visit the club to watch curling)
We are planning two Open Houses – Wednesday evening Jan. 3rd, 6-9pm and Saturday afternoon January 6th, noon-3pm. The open houses are a good opportunity for people to visit the club and throw a few rocks. We may have additional Open Houses during the 2018 Olympics in February.
Feel free to visit our website and/or contact me or if you have any questions.
Gary Lassila - Copper Country Curling Club