10 Nov

After Great Open House, Curl Berkshires Heads to Schenectady this Saturday

Curling season has started!  After two events at the Boys and Girls Club in Pittsfield, the Curling Club of the Berkshires hits the road, heading to New York for events in Schenectady and Albany.

This Saturday from 2-5 pm, the club will be curling at the Schenectady Curling Club for both club members and non-members. Members and other experienced curlers will have a chance to play while new curlers can participate in a learn to curl before a short game.  This will be a great opportunity for people to curl at a dedicated curling facility. The cost for this event is $40 for Curl Berkshire members and $50 for non-members.  For more information, or to sign up for the event, please visit the November 11th Curling at Schenectady event page.

On December 9th, the club will hold another event at the Albany Curling from 6-9 pm.  This is a members-only event to curl at another dedicated curling facility.  We have filled all spots for this event, but if you are interested in the event, please contact us at info@curlberkshires.org to be place on a waiting list.  We are also considering a second session if enough interest exists.

We are also working on finalizing more curling opportunities at the Boys and Girls Club in Pittsfield.   We had a lot of fun at our inaugural curling night and open house and wanted to share some photos from the open house.





Please let us know if you are interested in joining the club or looking for an opportunity to curl in the Berkshires.

03 Nov

Curling Open House, details for Saturday

We’re looking forward to our first Open House at the Boys & Girls Club. Please note the important details listed below.

We have four (yes, four!) sheets of ice—plenty of space for everyone. We will have our club members there to help you learn the basics and to play a game. We’re pretty psyched; we just need you. If you want to get a head start, check out the short videos below: Top 10 curling shots, a fun flick on how the game is played, and a nice demonstration of the basic techniques.

See you there!

Event Information

Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club, 16 Melville St (a one-way, from North St.)

Parking lot .. directly across the street. Entrance .. use left doors at main entrance, walk up stairs to third floor.

Registration .. please stop at the table to sign in and also sign a waiver. Fee .. $20 per person; please bring cash or check. You can also join as a full-time member if you like. Facilities .. there is a warm room to hang out in, and bathrooms, but no locker rooms. Shoes .. please carry in clean, rubber-soled shoes for the ice. Any dirt will interfere with the stones. Do bring rubber soles; slick or hard-black bottoms will be slippery.

Clothing .. it’s pretty cool on the ice, so dress in layers that still allow you to throw and sweep stones!

Refreshments .. we will have bottled water and snacks available for $1.

T-shirts .. we’ll have CurlBerkshires t-shirts on sale. 

 

21 Oct

One Week Away

Just a few months ago, curling in the Berkshires seemed like an opportunity still years down the road. A lot has happened since then.  Ice time became available. Numerous people–both club members and fellow curlers–have pitched in and helped get this project off the ground. There have been a few unexpected bumps in the road, but the pieces have come together. On October 28, the Curling Club of the Berkshires will start curling in Pittsfield.

For people in the Berkshires interested in curling, please look at our club calendar for curling opportunities, join our mailing list, or contact us.  Our open house will be November 4th.  We will also have a number of other opportunities to curl throughout the year.

02 Oct

October 2017 Update

Recently, the Curling Club of the Berkshires attended the Lenox Apple Squeeze. It was great to see so many folks and to talk about our passion for curling. Being able to spread the word about our new organization and activities was tremendous.

This coming year there will be lots of opportunities to curl with our club, regardless of experience level. We will send out emails about specific events as they draw closer, with instructions on how to sign up, and how to become an official member of the club. If you are not on our emailing list, signing up for this is a great way to stay informed about club activities and events.

Our first open house is coming up soon, Nov. 4 at the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield—a chance to try curling and see what it’s like. If you are interested, please register. Space is limited at events so that everyone who attends can have plenty of time to learn to curl and participate in a game.

Just to give a quick update on our club, things are moving fast as final preparations begin for curling in Pittsfield. Last week, reference points were installed at the Boys and Girls Club to assist with curling ice preparation. This weekend, we picked up our curling stones. Over the next few weeks, we will be pulling together everything else we need for the November open house.  Please let us know if you are interested in assisting us in October as we pull everything together.

We are excited for another great year of curling.  Good curling!

28 Sep

Throwback Thursday – Pittsfield Curling Club (1897-1903?)

As the Curling Club of the Berkshires prepares for our first Berkshire County curling event, we wanted to find out about earlier Berkshire curlers.

At the Lenox Apple Squeeze, one visitor to our table told us about the Pittsfield Curling Club and shared a picture of the club.

Pittsfield Curling Club in the early 1900s

We found a little information about the club.  The Pittsfield Curling Club was organized on August 3, 1897, and received their charter twenty days later.  The club likely built their curling rink shortly after this in the Morningside area of Pittsfield.  The rink lasted only a few years before General Electric purchased the building around 1903.

If you have any Berkshire curling stories, please share them with us.

28 Sep

Curling in the Berkshires

In recent years, interest in curling has grown across New England. With this increased interest, a number of ice rinks have worked with curling clubs to offer arena curling programs. Instead of constructing a dedicated curling facility, arena curling clubs rent ice from rinks and curl on the rink’s ice. In that past eight years, arena clubs have formed in all five New England states. The arena curling model makes a lot of sense for the Curling Club of the Berkshires. We only needed to find the right ice rink, and we believe that we have done this.

This fall, the Curling Club of the Berkshires will begin curling at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield. Being able to curl in Pittsfield is an important step for our club and our primary goal of helping people in the Berkshire to learn more about the sport of curling and have an opportunity to curl.

Our first curling open house at the Boys and Girls Club is scheduled for November 4th. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at info@curlberkshires.org .

In the coming weeks, we will provide information about additional opportunities to curl with Curl Berkshires in Pittsfield, as well as at some neighboring clubs. Additionally, if you are interested in curling, we would also like to discuss what your needs might be so that we can see what opportunities might be possible at the Boys and Girls Club.

09 Sep

Curling is Just Around the Corner

The Curling Club of the Berkshires is getting ready for another season of curling.  We already have confirmed opportunities to curl again at the Albany Curling Club and the Schenectady Curling Club.  Additionally, this year we will begin curling in Berkshire County at the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield.  There will be plenty of opportunities to curl during the 2017/2018 season.

Mark your calendars, our Berkshire County Curling Open House will be November 4!

Additionally, we will have a tent at the 2017 Lenox Apple Squeeze.  Be sure to visit us at the Apple Squeeze on September 23-24, 10am-5pm.

 

13 Oct

Founding of Curling Club of the Berkshires

Dear Fellow Curlers,

Hope you had a great summer! number of us have been thinking about the upcoming curling season, as well as some long-term goals. Many people like yourself have told us how much they like curling, so we have decided to start a curling club, and we’re looking for your support. That’s right…we intend to turn our talk into action.

After speaking with experts who have started other clubs, we have filed the documents to begin as a “paper club” (one without permanent ice). And we intend to work toward developing an actual ice facility. Our name? The “Curling Club of the Berkshires” , Informally known as CurlBerkshires.

To start a club, we had to join the U.S. Curling Association (a national organization) and the Grand National Curling Club (a Northeast administration). We also needed a board of directors, who are working on our projects and who funded the association fees. Our initial seven-member board is:

Tim Egan – President 

Gerrit Blauvelt – VP 

Rick Nasman – Treasurer 

Gordon Prescott – Secretary 

Mike Zinchuk – Membership Director

Mark Fischetti – Public Relations

Chris Begley – Research & Development

We have submitted the required applications and bylaws. Once our charter is approved, we will revisit the officers list at a general club meeting. We will also file as a non-profit organization. 

To make this work, we’re hoping people like yourself who have gone curling, or are interested in curling, will support CurlBerkshires by joining as a member. The cost for a year will be $120 per couple, or $70 for an individual. (Family plans are also available).

For your dues, you’ll receive a CurlBerkshires shirt for each person (we have a cool logo – see above.). You’ll be a member of the U.S. Curling Association (USCA) and Grand National Curling Club (GNCC) organizations.  And you will get two week’s advanced notice to events CurlBerkshires will set up, before we open participation to the general public.  Benefits from the USCA/GNCC include instructional information and curling news.  They publish a calendar of curling events throughout the land and as a member, you can participate in these events.  The club also receives benefits on the club level including financial guidance.

We plan to sponsor several curling outings from October to March. As a member you can also enter these and any tournaments (known as bonspeils) sponsored by the USCA and GNCC at any club. And you’ll be a founding member of this fun CurlBerkshires group.  Please let us know if you’d like to join, or if you have questions. And feel free to distribute this to anyone you think might be interested. We hope you will join us in this new adventure.

Good curling!”

Sincerely,

Tim Egan

President, Curing Club of the Berkshires