St. Stephen Curling Club kicks off season

Robert Fisher photo Abby Pond delivers a stone in the fourth end of the Monday night mixed league at the St. Stephen Curling Club.

ST. STEPHEN – Preparations are underway for the St. Stephen Curling Club as it begins the season.

The season opened with the annual Wobble Week that wrapped up at the end of October. Wobble Week is a time for anyone interested in curling to try it out and see if it’s a good fit for them, and for club members to warm up for the season ahead of them.

“We usually pick up several new curlers,” said Rob Watson, president of the club. “It takes a bit of practice to stand on your feet and throw a rock.”

The entirely volunteer-run club always welcomes new members. Currently, they have approximately 115 members.

“It’s a really fun atmosphere,” said Watson.

Once the season is underway, members participate in various bonspiels in the area. The St. Stephen Curling Club is set to host the first of this season on Dec 6. at the club on 1 George St.

“There’s lots of food and fun,” said Watson. “Curling clubs are known for good food.”

From the beginning of November until the end of March, the club hosts various league nights open to anyone.

“You can actually come in and pay $7 to curl,” said Watson.

The club runs curling sessions for all ages on Sundays at 6:30 p.m., and Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Additionally, it hosts ice time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10 a.m. and noon.

The Little Rocks Program for ages six to 12 runs every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the perfect opportunity to get your little ones around the sport.

To further the accessibility of the sport, stick curling is also offered, which is another avenue for curling that’s easier on the body that has become more frequently practiced at the St. Stephen Curling Club.

“There’s always people throwing with a stick,” said Watson.

Members operate under the philosophy that you won’t know you like curling until you’ve tried it. To further encourage the community to give it a shot, they offer private sessions to those interested.

For $265 a season, or $215 for new members who have never curled, anyone can become a member.

For any further information, contact Rob Watson at 506-321-5444.