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SUBMITTED by Bill & Irene Unterborn, Liberty House Bed & Breakfast (21-Jan-2010)

Curling sweeps back into the Port of Palmyra Marina on the historic Erie Canal, Sunday, February 21, 2010, from Noon-3pm. The Village of Palmyra and the friends of the Rochester Curling Club invite you to join your friends and neighbors to give this ancient Scottish game—and the hottest ticket at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games--a try. The afternoon includes a demonstration game, instruction for beginners and fun for all ages.

Nearly 400 people braved the elements to curl on the Erie Canal at the last event. Palmyra curlers Irene and Bill have been overwhelmed by the response. “It’s been amazing!” the Unterborn’s exclaimed. “We’ve been curling for many years, driving to the Rochester Curling Club near the airport in Gates, and all over southern Ontario. It’s been wonderful to see so many people come out and curl right here in the heart of Palmyra. We hope everybody who’s tried it comes back out and brings a friend or five!”

So just what is curling, anyway? Curling is a jargon-rich winter sport in which opposingrinks (teams) take turns delivering their rocks (42-pound polished granite stones) down a 144-foot long sheet (ice alley). Points are scored in each end (inning) by placing your rinks’ rocks closer to the button of the house (center of the target) than your opponent’s rocks.

Each rink consists of four players: Lead (throws first rocks), Second (second rocks),Vice-Skip (third rocks), and Skip (the captain who throws fourth rocks). While one player delivers a rock, two of his or her teammates follow it with brooms poised, ready to pounce and sweep in front of the rock in order to extend its distance and straighten its path. The Skips stand at the far end of the sheet reading strategy and calling their rink’s shots. But be careful not to hog your rock or burn one with your broom, or it will be removed from play!

Confused? Well don’t be, the friends of the Rochester Curling Club will be on hand to offer an introduction to, and a vocabulary lesson for, their favorite winter sport. They’ll provide the stones, but please bring your boots or sneakers to wear on the ice - no ice-skates, please. Children and other folks who might be less sure of their footing on ice may wish to wear a bicycle helmet for added safety.

Curlers and spectators can take a break from the icy action and warm up at Muddy Waters Café. Enjoy hot beverages, soups, chili, and sandwiches while overlooking the winter fun.

This event will only take place weather permitting, which, in this case, means weather cold enough for an ice covered marina! Sorry, no rain or thaw date. A follow-up press release, approximately 10 days prior, will confirm or cancel the event depending upon the weather.

About Curling

Curling is enjoyed around the world, wherever winter sports are played. Scotland is recognized as the spiritual home of curling, having originated there as early the 16thcentury. In fact, a curling stone was found near the city of Stirling engraved with the year 1511. Like many of the Highland Games, curling is a test of skill and stamina, performed with natural materials at hand.

The game we know today developed chiefly in North America, especially in Canada where curling is a national obsession. Curling in Canada is as popular a participation sport as bowling is in the United States.

You can learn more about this event and other local curling opportunities, including adult leagues and junior programming by visiting the Rochester Curling Club website: http://www.rochestercurling.com.

Keep an eye on Palmyra (www.palmyrany.com) throughout 2010 for more exciting events linked to the Erie Canal and our unique and historic village.


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1 Comment to "Curling on the Canal Sweeps Back into Palmyra"

  1. Irene Unterborn Said,

    Just wanted to let you know....

    The ice is thick and the weather is very cold...PERRRRRFECT for "Curling on the Erie Canal" in Palmyra on Sunday February 21st, 2010, from noon til 3pm.

    Hope to see you there!

    Any Questions?

    Irene Unterborn
    315-597-0011 (Home)
    585-368-8080 (Cell)

    Posted on Sat Feb 13, 09:19:00 AM EST


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