Dealing with storms and waiting for The Thaw

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Throwing Rocks; a Middleton Curling Club column


By Karen Sotvedt


In between the snow storms, wind storms, ice storms, and blizzards it would appear that there will actually be a January Thaw or at least some milder temperatures for the weekend of the January Thaw bonspiel at Middleton Curling Club, January 11-12. In the meantime, on January 2 the Mixed League was able to start this year’s play before the latest weather event started later that evening. And on the weekend Dawn Spidle was in the club with three teams from her Little Rock and Junior programs who were practising for an upcoming bonspiel outside the club. The teams will be competing in the Earl MacKinnon Classic at Glooscap Curling Club on the weekend of January 17-19, the same weekend that MCC is hosting the provincial Club Mixed. Earl MacKinnon was active in the Glooscap Junior programs for more than 30 years, and this bonspiel in his honour has events in the under-12 and under 14 age groups. MCC has teams competing in both categories and the participants look forward to curling with their peers from around the province.    


January Thaw

The January Thaw is a 12-team event and we welcome eight teams from outside the club this year.   Mixed curling events are always very social events and this year it is like a warm-up for the following week when 16 teams from around the province will come to Middleton for the Club Mixed Championship, an event of the Nova Scotia Curling Association.  The club has two teams entered in the provincial event: Bill Eaton with Barb Eaton, Les Smith, and Stephanie Harvey; and Fred Hole with Cindy Robar, Cody Spidle, and Marcy Gaul. The MCC famous Big Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, so the community will have some entertainment with their breakfast and everyone is invited to stay and watch the curling that will be in full swing. As always when bonspiels are being held, whether it is the January Thaw or the provincial event, the club is open to spectators and anyone interested in seeing some good live curling is welcome to come and sit in the gallery and take part by cheering on the teams and maybe indulging in a bit of armchair coaching. Additional information and times are available at


Karen Sotvedt writes a weekly curling column, Throwing Rocks, for the Middleton Curling Club.


Organizations: Middleton Curling Club, Mixed League, Glooscap Curling Club Club Mixed Nova Scotia Curling Association

Geographic location: Middleton, Little Rock

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