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Crowds come out for curling and crokinole

The parking lot at the Riverfield Curling Club in Howick was overflowing on Sat., January 25, as families came together for an afternoon of curling and crokinole. At times all the crokinole boards were in use, with spare players watching from the sidelines. On the sheets, experienced curlers were teaching the next generation all they needed to know about the locally popular sport.


PHOTO Sarah Rennie


Organized by the Montérégie West Community Network (MWCN) in partnership with the Heritage Treasures Museum, the afternoon marked a true community celebration of local and Scottish traditions, and on Robbie Burns Day to boot. The intergenerational activity, which brought around 100 visitors out to the 195-year-old curling club, was deemed an outstanding success, with up to four generations of a number of families taking part. For some, it was a first time seeing curling up close, let alone throwing a rock, while others experienced the kind of throbbing pointer finger only a miscalculated crokinole shot can produce.
“The MWCN has as its mission to build a strong and vibrant English-speaking community within the Montérégie West through health and social services, education and culture. I do believe this family activity helped us to showcase how important it is for us to get together, break isolation and share in the culture of the area,” said executive director Pauline Wiedow.
Several participants also took in the curling exhibit at the Heritage Treasures Museum, also in Howick. The museum will feature a new theme for each month. The exhibit scheduled for February will feature examples of ‘games and entertainment’ from long ago.



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