Decades ago the Beatles movie "Help!" was regularly shown on TV, including on the local version of the afternoon movie show Dialing For Dollars. This was where I saw the sport of curling for the first time ever, and thought it was some sort of joke that had been made up for the movie. Scrubbing the ice with tiny brooms as a vaguely duck-shaped stone slowly slid across the ice - that surely couldn't be a real thing...could it? It had to be a joke, like the coin-operated car, right?
Subsequent viewings of the Winter Olympics proved that, yes, curling was indeed a real thing, though it seemed as strange and silly in real life as it had in the Beatles' romp. What was the point? What was it all about? And how the heck did someone come up with something like this?
Well, decades later, I still don't know the answers to these questions, but I do know some folks who might.
Anthracite Curling Club
NEPA is always full of surprises, and the Anthracite Curling Club is another one. Who knew that this region had its own curling club? Well, I did. For years. But I didn't realize that they had a blog! Yes, their official website is actually presented in blog form, the most effective way of communicating news and information to members and the general populace. If you've got any level of interest in curling and don't want to wait for the next Olympics (or for "Help!" to start appearing on TV again) to see it in action, check out their blog - and maybe even consider joining in the fun at their open house at the Toyota SpotsPlex (formerly the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park) in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, March 8, 2014! Grab your tiny brooms and start scrubbing!