The world will watch again. Olympic curling, that is.
Friday brings the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which includes the sport of curling, dubbed “chess on ice.”
The 2018 Olympics brought “a flurry of activity” for the sport, said Russ Lemcke, former president of the Cape Cod Curling Club, who added, “But the popularity of curling has been growing for some time now.”
“For many of our members, curling is much more than a sport,” said
Nancy Jennett, president of Broomstones Curling Club at Wayland, in a statement. “While we enjoy exercise and competition, our club is also a tight-knit social community where many lasting friendships are made.”
After watching Team USA compete, you can throw your own stones at these six spots in Massachusetts that currently offer beginner classes and other curling events.
You can try your hand at curling at The Yard, the private patio of the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill, until March 31. Participants play on a synthetic ice rink with synthetic stones, which are smaller and lighter than the sport’s traditional granite stones, while enjoying cocktails and food. The hotel’s Curling package includes a game for up to six people for 45 minutes, a scorecard with game instructions, hot chocolate, beef sliders, and chocolate chip cookies. The cost is $110. Face masks are not required outside, but they are required inside the hotel. You can book it here. (215 Charles Street, Boston)
Play Friday nights in the fall and spring at this club by signing up for a 10-session league for $175. Interested people can join the waiting list here. Or visit a post-Olympic open house for adults and children ages 8 and up on April 3 from noon to 5:30 p.m., where guests will tour the facility, learn the rules, and spend time on the ice throwing and sweeping curling rocks. . The cost is $20 for ages 13 and up and $10 for children ages 8-12. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry and masks are required. You can register here. (1 curling rink, Wayland)
Check out two open houses this month at this Cape Cod club, scheduled for February 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 18 and up. The program will include time on the ice throwing rocks and sweeping, as well as sport and club information. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Participants must be fully vaccinated and masks are optional. You can register here. (37 Highfield Drive, Falmouth)
Formerly known as the Marlborough Curling Club, this association now plays at two locations: Worcester Ice Center in Worcester and Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley. There are several two-hour Learn to Curl classes offered on Sunday evenings this month in Worcester. Participants learn the basics of the sport and play a short game. The cost is $45. Proof of vaccination is required and masks are not mandatory but recommended. You can register here. (112 Harding Street, Worcester)
In honor of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the club is offering three Olympic Open House events throughout the month: February 5, 12 and 26. The two-hour event will teach participants the basics of curling and safety on the ice. , as well as how to throw a stone and sweep. The cost is $10 and masks are mandatory. You can register here. (250 Main Street, Petersham)
This club is offering Learn to Curl classes on February 27 and March 13 at Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, where participants will learn curling stances, rules, strategy, scoring, sweeping technique and how to throw a rock for close two-hour lessons. The cost is $45. Curlers must be 16+, vaccinated and wear a mask. You can register here. (20 Bedford Park, Bridgewater)
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