There were 35 excited folks that came out for Richmond’s first Curling Open House last evening at the Ice Zone in Midlothian, VA. Many teens and some kids came with excited parents in tow. Young and old alike heard the news to see and do the newest Winter Sport in Virginia.
History was made first at 7 PM when most of the paid members of the Curling Club of Virginia came out to vote by-laws, elect an inaugural board of directors and officers (a certain blogger at Virginia Right was elected to the board and as president of the CCV) and be the Commonwealth’s first organized curling club. The CCV also voted to join the Grand National Curling Club and the United States Curling Association.
Meanwhile, in Charlottesville, curling has arrived as well with an organized league set up by a new rink owner, who wanted to attract winter business. William van der Linde is the Curling Director at the Main Street Arena. Feel free to contact him at curling at mainstarena dot com. I would like to thank William and the Main Street Arena for their vision to be the first to bring curling to Virginia. This is the second and last season of curling leagues at the arena ending with a bonspiel (a competition) on Saturday March 26, 2011. I hear Richmond curlers may be in the leagues and have a team for the bonspiel, too!