Free “Learn to Curl Clinic” held at the Border Curling Club this Saturday

STANSTEAD — If you ever wanted to try curling, but didn’t know where or how to start, this Saturday is your chance.

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A free “Learn to Curl Clinic” is scheduled at the Border Curling Club on February 20, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Equipment is provided, only attendees are asked to bring clean running shoes and wear comfortable clothing in layers.

So what is curling anyway? Most people have seen it played on television during the Olympics, but might not fully understand the game.

Curling is a sport where players slide polished granite stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area segmented into four concentric circles, known as the “house.”

Two teams, each consisting of four players, take turns sliding the stones across the ice toward the house. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score, with points scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house.

The path of the stones can be influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice.

The Border Curling Club is located at 26 rue Principale in Stanstead. With a membership just about split between 40 percent American and 60 percent Canadian, the club is truly international.

Opportunities to play during the rest of the season are available on Monday, Thursday mornings, and Friday evening.

For additional information, call 802-334-2444, and ask for Mary Pat.

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