Fraser MacDonald pipes in curlers during the end-of-year bonspiel at the Haliburton Curling Club on Saturday April 13. /JENN WATT Staff

Curling club season draws to a close

By Jenn Watt

The Haliburton Curling Club continued to be highly active over the last year attracting nearly 50 new members for a total of about 250. Many of those curlers take advantage of the sessional format the club offers which allows flexibility for winter travel.

The format requires extra work for the convenors said Kent Milford VP of the club but it’s also a popular feature. Several clubs have contacted Haliburton to find out how they make it work.

Milford joined the club after moving to the Highlands from Newmarket and said the curling club was the best way to meet people and get involved in the community.

On Saturday the club held its end-of-year bonspiel which included live music by Mike Clewlow and The Recycled Teenagers draws and a pig roast.

Garth Krieger and Keith Clarkson tended to the two 60-pound pigs outside the club entrance for much of the day. This was their fourth year preparing pig roast for dinner.

The bonspiel is the one time of the year when everyone in the club can play in the same event. Milford said curlers from 12 to 90 years old competed. Teams were piped onto the rink by Fraser MacDonald Saturday afternoon.