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Potomac Curling Club 2010 - 2011 Open House

Come and throw rocks at our house

You saw it on the Olympics, now come and try it. We have an open house twice per year, in October when our winter curling season begins, and another one in January or February midway through our season. It's a no-pressure opportunity for you to come visit our facility, see and learn what curling is about, meet our members, talk about curling, and the best part... Go out on the ice and try it!!! What more could you ask for?

Saturday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 7, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
View our pdf flyer, print it, share it, but it has most of the same information already on this page :)

We are located next to The Gardens Ice House at 13810 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel, MD 20707.

Come any time during the Open House hours. Allow 60 minutes for introduction and on-ice instruction. Bring warm, loose fitting clothes such as a sweatshirt or sweater. Multiple layers keeps you warmer than a winter coat. You will also need sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. Hard soled dress type shoes are slippery on the ice (not good), cold, and uncomfortable to curl in. A $10 donation is requested ($5 for those ages 18 and younger).

A typical open house (no such thing, they're all different) starts in the warm room with a brief bit of stretching and warm up. You'll then proceed to the ice shed, hear about safety on the ice (It's cold and hard) some of our lingo, and get the feel for the ice. Next you'll then be taught about the handle or turn, and how to properly deliver and release the stone. If all goes as planned, you'll be throwing the stones the full distance, forty two yards from hack to tee. Sweeping is an integral part of curling, so we talk about why we sweep, when we sweep, and communications with the skip as the rock travels down the curving path to it's intended target. We touch briefly on scoring, etiquette, and broomstacking.

Families welcome - bring the kids!* Everyone, no matter what age, needs a waiver. We'll have them on hand when you arrive, but it may be easier to print them from our forms page and bring them with you. Especially if you bring friends and neighbors too. The release for curlers under the age of 18 really needs to be completed, signed by the appropriate parent or guardian, and brought with you to the open house if the parent or guardian will not be present. Or you can write to training@curldc.org and we'll e-mail you the same forms.


Learn to Curl at the Potomac Curling Club

Once you have experienced the open house you will, we hope, want to go further in your curling career. We teach curling at several levels. Please visit our training page for more information about training opportunities with the Potomac Curling Club. You can sign-up for the three hour Learn to Curl training on our web site. Visit this page for upcoming dates and to register .

Wow, that ice is slippery
A sport for ages 8 to 80
We start with two rocks, just for balance
Different styles
Yes, all the way down there, hit the broom.
Now what's the score here?


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