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Spring is Here funspiel really is about having fun

By Karen SotvedtIronically, Middleton Curling Club held the Spring is Here one-day funspiel as the province braced itself for another winter blizzard.

Team Schurman got into the St. Patrick's Day spirit Saturday during the annual Spring Is Here Funspiel Saturday. Spring, however, was not here as the event ended just as a blizzard was about to start.

The skies had been blue for several days, we had all “sprung forward” with Daylight Time changes, and there was a feeling that spring must surely come soon.

But -  not quite yet.  

However on the ice at MCC curlers showed their stuff, wearing tributes to spring, St. Patrick, and sometimes just whimsical excess. The draws presented a sea of green outfits, hats, flashing lights, excessive jewelry - and that was just the ones in good taste!

The annual funspiel, organized by Dave and Nancy Acker, always takes place around St. Patrick’s Day but the theme is not limited to that. There was a full house for the event, and the teams were a really great mix of all age groups and included some completely new curlers. The introduction of stick curling has meant that those with bad knees and stiff hips can still curl and no one with enthusiasm is ever turned away.  

Over the years, the various funspiels have been the first curling experience of a number of club members, including yours truly. The teams are balanced with all skill levels so the competition is friendly but not too intense and often play will stop while some assistance is given to new curlers. With prizes for everyone, there are no losers but there is lots of laughter. 

Everyone played a six-end game in the morning, and then there was a break for soup-and-sandwich lunch and door prizes.  The morning scores decided the afternoon’s match-up for the second set of draws.   There was a great deal of discussion over who was winning and losing, and groaning over missed shots, and disagreeing by the gallery over strategy. But it was all done in good humour and anyway, it is hard to take things too seriously when folks are wearing green plush hats with bells, sequined bow-ties, or flashing accessories.

Sunday was to be a curling event for the Little Rocks and Juniors but Mother Nature had other plans and the province more or less closed down. All the leagues will hold their last events in the next two weeks, and the next Big Breakfast is Saturday, March 28. Photos of the full roster of teams for the Spring is Here and “action shots” can be seen at

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