11 Mar

2017 Worcester Cup (March 2-5)

The Curling Club of the Berkshires sent three teams to the 2017 Worcester Cup  at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.  The Worcester Cup is a five-and-under bonspiel where all curlers have five or less years of curling experience.  CurlBerkshires 3  won the club’s first bonspiel victory on Friday night as they defeated a rink from Upper Valley Curling Club in Vermont.  Congratulations to all three rinks.

Mike Zinchuk, Chris Begley, Mark Fischetti, and Karen Zinchuk of CurlBerkshires 3


CurlBerkshires I
Tim Egan
Gordon Prescott
Maryellen Prescott
Linda Egan

CurlBerkshires II
Rick Nasman
Chuck Koscher
Cindy Nasman
Kathy Koscher

CurlBerkshires III
Mike Zinchuk
Mark Fischetti
Karen Zinchuk
Chris Begley

The 2016-2017 curling season will conclude with two friendlies.  On March 11, club members will curl at  Albany Curling Club before the season concludes with a friendly at Norfolk Curling Club on March 18.


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!”


Tim Egan

President, Curing Club of the Berkshires