This is forth in a series of 50 posts we are putting out throughout the years in anticipation of the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2015. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for the top things YOU love about Minnesota as well!
This is my 18th season as a member of the St. Paul Curling Club, and I still love it! I was introduced to the sport of curling when the 1993 US National Championship was played at the Club. My friend, Geoffrey, a curler since he was in grade school brought me. We sat in the bleachers enjoying a beverage, yelling and cheering the team from Minnesota. Geoff looked at me and said, “You want to do this?” I said, “They let you do this?!” We joined the club the next season and haven’t missed a curling season yet!
Curling in Minnesota began with the First Bonspiels (Curling Tournament) below the Wabasha Bridge on the Mississippi River in 1893. The St. Paul Curling Club has been in its current location on Selby Avenue since 1912 and is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary this season. There were reenactments of early games with everyone in period clothes. The Centennial Bonspiel was just completed with 96 teams from around the world competing. The annual Winter Carnival Bonspiel coincides with the St. Paul Winter Carnival which is going on right now.
The St. Paul Curling Club is open from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. daily. I curl in the Monday evening Open League. Draw times rotate between 6:30 and 8:30 alternately. I invite you to come down, enjoy a beverage from the full service bar, enjoy a snack or dinner from the full service kitchen and view some world class curling matches from behind the glass!
Cheers to the Roaring Game! Hurry Hard!