Itasca Curling Club in Grand Rapids has been selected to host the prestigious United States Women’s Curling Association’s “32nd Annual Senior Women’s National Bonspiel” beginning Wednesday, Nov. 20 with the Championship games held on Sunday, Nov. 24.
One hundred women curlers from across the United States will be arriving on Wednesday, Nov. 20 for four days of competition. The United States Women’s Curling Association (USWCA) sponsors a national competition every year in one of the four regions of East, Central, Wisconsin, or the West. Six teams from the four regions of the USWCA are selected to participate. The Itasca Curling Club will be represented by Barb Kern, KC Neustrom, Carol Peterson, and JoAnn Getz.
On Wednesday evening a welcoming ceremony will be held at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids. The museum is a perfect location to showcase Itasca’s bonspiel theme ‘Wizard of Oz’ at ‘Oztasca.’ Dignitaries will formally welcome these women to Minnesota, to Itasca County, to Grand Rapids and to the Itasca Curling Club.
The 24-team competition will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 with the ceremonial “first stone” being thrown by the past- president of the United States Women’s Curling Association, Bridget Matzke of Madison, Wis. She will be in attendance for the entire event. Current President Shelley Dropkin of Boston, Mass., is unable to attend the bonspiel. Curling will continue Friday and Saturday with the finals on Sunday.
The final championship games will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, Nov. 24, with the finalists being “piped” onto the ice in the Scottish tradition. The ‘Piper’, Brian Solum, from Bemidji will be in full Scottish dress including tartan plaid kilt. The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the games.
The Itasca Curling Club is located at 902 Hale Lake Pointe (by Evergreen Nursing Home) in Grand Rapids.
The public is invited to watch the games being played from Nov. 21–24. It is an excellent opportunity to observe competitive curling and learn more about this growing Olympic sport.
For additional information go to www.itascacurling.com or contact Diane Davis at 218-398-0932 or KC Neustrom at 218-259-2131.