Just wanted to let you know that our story on the Belfast Curling Club will air on Maine Public Television this Saturday, 2/24,2018 at 2:25pm and 6:25pm. It will be a slightly abridged version because of time constraints in our TV schedule so I am also linking below to our Facebook page where the video is online now as well as our website. Both Facebook and the website will have the full story and will also be easily sharable to the rest of the club.
Thanks again for working with us on this story. I think it came out pretty well...I hope you all enjoy it!
Brian Bechard Creative Services Producer Maine Public
Located on the outskirts of the Mid-coast Maine city of Belfast, we offer Mainers a chance to participate in a sport that is popular among all age groups. No experience necessary. Just be ready to have fun! Our season begins in November and carries through march.
We have a new Facebook Page! The official page for the Belfast Curling Club will be used to promote the club, and the sport of curling in general. This new page brings us in line with how other clubs promote themselves. The new page allows us to post as “The Belfast Curling Club” instead of under the poster’s name. It also allows people to SHARE our posts – great for Bonspiel flyers, allows us to schedule events so that they show on a calendar, allows people to message the page, and allows us to “Like” other club pages, amongst other things. The page will be fairly active, and hopefully will bring us more recognition. We hope it will help bring more people into the sport, make the club even healthier, and get clubs “from away” interested in our bonspiels. Please go “LIKE” the new page today – and stay tuned! Here’s the link:
The “old” page will become “The Belfast Curling Club CURLERS Group”. This is going to be a great resource for club members. The settings will be changed shortly so that any member of the group can post to it. POSTS MUST BE CURLING RELATED. This will be a place where you can post interesting curling videos or ask for curling advice. Want to try to get a pickup game going on a weekend? This will be a great place for that. Short on volunteers for one of our events? Ask for help here! Got some great pictures to share of your team at an away Bonspiel? Go for it! You get the idea - let’s make this an active and meaningful page. Please keep it clean and civil! Inappropriate posts will be deleted by the admins. Here is the link to the group, in case you aren’t already a member. If you AREN’T – ask to join today! If we see some great posts in this group, we will also share them on the official/main page.
This is the first rock of the 11:00 AM Sunday finals, Jan. 20 at Belfast’s 9th College Crash ‘Spiel.
We had a blast, storm notwithstanding. We had eleven teams from nine schools competing: U. Maine, Bowdoin, Unity, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Castleton, RPI and RIT from 9:00 AM on Saturday through Sunday early afternoon. There was no hurry in taking off because most schools elected to spend the storm night holed up at the Fireside Inn so we fed 43 college curlers Sunday night at the club! And tuned into the Patriot’s game.
MIT beat Bowdoin I for top honors; RIT bested RPI I for the B Event; and Bowdoin/RIT (combo) overcame (I’m learning how to talk sport) Unity for the C Event. Bowdoin is the top Maine College Curling team for 2019 and it will be engraved on the club trophy!
Ahh, our village: Paul Burtchell scraped and prepped the ice both mornings! A huge thanks to Jessie Gunther and Diana Hauser for putting on the Saturday lunch, and Fred and Paul for assisting; dinner that night was because of the efforts of Paul Burtchell, Terri Kangas, Barry McClusky and his mother-in-law Lois Stackpole-Alley! Ann Kirkpatrick took over after Saturday’s dinner and closed the club down after the 7:30 draw got off the ice. Greg Eads stepped forward with Meg Haskell for a wonderful breakfast on Storm Sunday, but everyone showed up to curl. Bill Pieske folded in the needs of all these cars and plowed several times during the storm to keep us open. And we didn’t quite run out of cookies thanks to Kathy Cleason, BJ Harris, Abbie Read, Tyrone Townsend, Brenda Boulier, Marcie Porter, Liz Fitzsimmons, Kevin Connolly, Martha Ortman, Jean Beal and Lauren Hallee.
There were also generous food donations which meant that we were able to pull off that Sunday night loaves-and-fishes dinner. And all the kids got home safely. It was a wonderful ‘spiel.