|Annual Open Midsummer Bonspiel||Aug. 15-18, 2013||Dawn Everest
Aug. 15-18, 2013
Contact: Dawn Everest
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The Osoyoos Curling Club is hosting its annual mid-summer spiel on Aug. 15-18, 2013. The format has changed in that it is an open spiel; any configuration of players with one exception – there must be a minimum one female player per team. We invite families to join in the fun – mom, dad and kids! Western Wear is our theme with a “Barn Dance” on Saturday night – dust off your cowboy boots and spurs as we’ll award prizes for best costumes. Good food, good curling and good entertainment….all wrapped up by the good old South Okanagan sun.
$280/team includes Calcutta, Steak Dinner, Barn Dance and Pancake breakfast. $80 non-refundable deposit.
Stay the weekend, stay the week……we encourage you to book your accommodations now. Hotels, motels and camping - go to http://www.destinationosoyoos.com/
|Monday||Daytime||1:00pm - 3:15pm||John Katerenchuk
|Tuesday||Mens League||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Drew Bolokowski
|Wednesday||Juniors||3:15pm - 4:15pm||Kelsi Bissonnette
|Mixed||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Drew Bolokowski
|Thursday||Daytime||1:00pm - 3:00pm||Nancy Katerenchuk
|Open||3:30pm - 5:30pm|
|Ladies||7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cindy Grigg
|No Junior events scheduled at this time, please check back later.|
Osoyoos Curling Club has a very active junior program for children aged 8 to 18 years of age. Older juniors play in the adult and/or fun leagues. The younger juniors start off playing with little rocks until they grasp the technique of sliding with a balanced delivery. Usually by the end of the first year they graduate to the bigger stones. Under the tutelage of certified Curl BC instructors the little rockers progress through the various levels of the Premier Sports Award for Curling program learning basic skills, etiquette & on ice safety lessons. The older children continue their skill development in a more competitive environment where their performances are evaluated in games or in game like scenarios. These are the curlers who form teams & compete in bonspiels & interchanges with other clubs.
The junior program begins in mid October with an instructional clinic for new & experienced curlers. In December the juniors & their parents participate in a Turkey Shoot in conjunction with our annual Christmas party. In January the McDonald's Junior Curling League begins & the season winds up at our annual Elks Lodge Junior Bonspiel on the first weekend in March. The Elks spiel has rapidly become one of the more popular junior venues in the Okanagan mainly because we guarantee prizes for all of the curlers.
Curling Club Facilities
Ice and Lounge Pictures
Aug 11, 2011
Local legend has it that curling was first played in Osoyoos on the frozen Lake Osoyoos by Dougall Burpee who had his own set of rocks. Burpee & his friends would curl on the lake or one of the local frozen ponds whenever the weather was cold enough to form ice. Dick Topping from nearby Oliver also had his own set of rocks curling on an outdoor rink in his back yard.
It wasn't until the early 1950's when a group headed by Topping, the club's first president, spearheaded a drive to build an indoor curling club in Oliver. The new rink was to be the first curling club in the South Okanagan. Unable to raise the funds in Oliver, Topping sought out the assistance of interested curlers from Osoyoos, Midway, Rock Creek & Oroville, Washington hence the name International Curling Club. Osoyoos residents Chuck Emery, Pat Fraser & friends came on board to raise funding through the sale of $100 memberships & $50 bank notes to construct the new curling club on the lakefront in Osoyoos. On March 17, 1954 the International Curling Club opened their doors to the public with pioneer curler Dougall Burpee throwing the very first rock at the grand opening. Curling took off from there. Members drove from as far away as Midway & Keremeos to play league games during the week & weekend Bonspiels attracted up to 100 teams curling around the clock in the four sheet rink.
Recognizing the need for a more modern facility in the early 1970's the board of directors directed by Lyle Dawson, Bud Fraser, Howard Engel & Doug Weeks a Washington, USA resident, raised funds to build a brand new curling rink. They secured funding through member-backed bank notes, a government grant & some very popular car raffles. In 1975 the new club was built next door to the new arena. This location allowed the club to share the cost of ice making with the arena reducing the normally huge operating & capital expenditures the old club had. Another advantage to this arrangement was the ability to maintain ice during the summer months. While the arena was being used for hockey schools during the summer the curling club decided to hold a bonspiel. In 1978 the Osoyoos Mid-Summer Mixed Bonspiel was born & has been a very popular event ever since. In the summer of 1979 Norm Propp brought the Four Foot Curling Camp to Osoyoos. Junior curlers from Japan, Korea & all over North America have attended this event. Recently Curl BC has held technical courses on ice making, coaching & the business of curling between our summer events.
Today the current board & volunteer members are striving to continue with the spirit of curling that our pioneer curlers brought to this community so many years ago. Challenges now & in the future will be faced by the club, however curling will always remain strong in Osoyoos. That is the legacy of the club's history. Even to this day the best rocks at the International Curling Club are the blue granite stones old Dick Topping curled with in his back yard over fifty years ago.
The International Curling Club of Osoyoos has good facilities for your private party or event. The upstairs lounge can accommodate 80 people easily.
It contains kitchen facilities if required and also comes equipped with a bar and bartender if required.
The ice surface contains four sheets which can also be rented for your private curling event.
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