THINGS TO DO IN NORFOLK
This past Saturday night Rich and I attended the Wine On Ice fundraising event at the Norfolk Curling Club.
Most of you have probably seen this sport during the Winter Olympics. It was a full medal sport at the 1924 Olympics held in Chamonix, France but wasn’t played again until the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. I’m not sure why there was this gap but after the return of curling to the Olympics the United States won their first medal, a bronze, in the 2006 games in Torino, Italy.
A sport that can be enjoyed by all age groups, it requires more finesse than brute strength or superior athletic ability. Even wheelchair curlers can utilize the delivery stick. If you’d like to learn about the history and rules of the game, check out the United States Curling Association’s website. Or come visit Norfolk this winter.
The Norfolk curling club is going to be offering Open House Fridays where you can watch league games during the November-March season and also get out on the ice and learn a few tricks yourself. Several tournaments, or bonspiels, are also planned during the season with teams visiting from throughout the country.
According to the World Curling Organization the spirit of curling is: “Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would rather lose than win unfairly…the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling, and honorable conduct.”
I can personally attest to this friendly atmosphere and bonhomie after Saturday night’s event where we sampled many fine delicious wines from local vendors (more on that in a forthcoming blog) and ate some delicious appetizers.
In the friendly little pub where you can view all the action on ice, there is a dartboard that pretty much sums it all up. Sit A Spell. Swap Stories. Sip A Cold One.
And that’s exactly what we did on Saturday night. If you are attending a show at Infinity or celebrating an anniversary with dining at one of our fine area restaurants and would like to extend your weekend this winter we are offering a 10% discount for making it a two night stay to visit the Norfolk Curling Club. Give us a call atThe Manor House for details at 860-542-5690.
Oh and by the way, the pub at the curling club has Canadian cable TV where you can watch the game on the Curling Channel.