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Middleton Curlers dodge storm for annual Valentine Spiel

By Karen SotvedtMiddleton Curling Club managed to dodge the worst of bad weather again last week, and the forecast storms did not interfere with a busy weekend.

The predicted storm on Friday the 13th failed to materialize and be anything other than just unpleasant, so that the superstitious threat of bad luck meant nothing. The social evening of Chase the Ace went on as usual and long-time club supporter Bob Clattenburg won the initial cash prize, but the ace stayed firmly in the pack now down to 38 cards, and the pot grew larger -- $487.

One of the club’s favourite signature funspiels, the Valentine Spiel, took place on Saturday, Feb. 14.   This one-day event has been a regular on the club calendar for 11 years.  Run by Dave and Nancy Acker for all this time, it gives friends and family a chance to come in and curl in a relaxed social game.   Everyone signs up as an individual and the Ackers make up the teams with an eye to mixing all ages and skill levels on each one.  All teams get a six-end draw in the morning and then a delicious soup and sandwich lunch is served to everyone while door prizes are awarded and raffle tickets are drawn.

Most curlers try to find some red in their wardrobe and some even dig a bit deeper into their “tickle trunks” for other costume accessories and the ice is always a very cheerful blaze of colour for this bonspiel.  

Each team gets another afternoon game after lunch and as is often the case, teams stayed to cheer on the next draw and families dropped in to watch so the spectator gallery was social mix of everyone from toddlers to grandparents.  

Events like this are one of the great benefits of having a club like MCC in a community where all ages can participate in the game either on the ice or off it. At the end of the day, Rick Greene’s team with Heather Reesor, Kaitlyn Ernest, and Bob Clattenburg were the overall winners, but there were no losers here, with everyone getting a prize.  

The club is lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Dave and Nancy who take on running special days for members that make the curling year so much more enjoyable.  See all the photos from the Valentine spiel at a link on our home page at

Saturday, Feb. 21 was the club’s famous Big Breakfast, enjoyed by members and the community alike.   A full hot breakfast -- served from 8 until 10:30 a.m. -- is a great way to start a weekend. All upcoming events are noted on the homepage, the link given above.

Karen Sotvedt is a member of the Middleton Curling Club and writes a weekly column for The Spectator.

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