My Take on Snow Lake - Jan. 25, 2019

Resilient curlers enjoying being back on the ice

Prior to placing his broom for his third’s final stone of the sixth end, skip and curling club president Terry Hornyak turned to me and stated, “Great to see close games on every sheet!” Hornyak was not only referring to his own 4-4 tie, but similar scores on the other sheets of the Wednesday night draw at the Snow Lake Curling Club.

It’s been two months since the club came back from a devastating flood that made the entire 2017-18 season a literal wash! The Nov. 3 grand reopening celebration was filled with optimistic people who have adopted a united and resilient attitude. With Hornyak’s realization during his Wednesday night draw and the collective enthusiasm of the club he leads, the plans and events they put in place are paying dividends.

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Since that opening weekend, the club has held a mixed bonspiel, Grey Cup party, several Christmas parties, a fun curling night, as well as their annual glow curling/elimination draw event, which happened just this past weekend. Coming events include the 65th-annual ladies bonspiel, held the weekend of Feb. 1-3 with the theme of “Back to the Prom,” and the men’s bonspiel, held Feb. 15-17, boasting a first prize of $1,000. There will also be a draw, during the men’s spiel weekend, for tickets to a March Jets game against the Calgary Flames … with $1,000 spending money.

In respect to the glow curling/elimination draw, my wife and I attended and the following is a bit of an overview. Firstly, anyone who has curled in a glow curling event knows that it is done with all the lights out and with glow sticks attached to the rocks, brooms and various spots on curlers. You and your opposition rifle two rocks down the ice, and the players at the other end whip them back. You play four ends, no one can sweep and closest to the button counts.

There were three teams of winners in the GlowSpiel and, proving that there is absolutely no skill at all involved, first prize went to me and my lovely wife Leone; we pocketed $120. Logyn and Jason Samborski took home $80 for second place, while John Bartlett and Dave Petryschen earned $80 for their third place effort.

Once the curling had finished the elimination draw got underway. Those winners were: 1st – Shelby Stoupe/Joan Gogal, $100; 10th – Pamela Stoupe, $100; 15th – Logyn Samborski, $100; 25th – Judy Peterson, $200; 35th – Georgette Sicotte, $100; 45th – Blair Stoupe, $100; 50th – Shaun Gage, $200; 60th – Laura Bilcowski, $100; 75th – Terry Hornyak, $200; 85th – Chris Chell, $100; 90th – Cassidy Warren-Hall, $100; 99th – Shelley Chrapun, $100; 100th – Lynn Smith, $1,000!

There was one further draw before the formal part of the evening ended: the “Lucky Loser”. (All losing numbers are placed in drum and one is drawn) The winner was Gail Eastman! The 50/50 draw winner was Shelby Stoupe, who won $400.

While at the event, I took the opportunity to speak to the club’s employees about attendance after the yearlong closure. Eugena Kowalchuk operates the downstairs concession, which is lovingly known as Baba’s Kitchen. She advised that business has been good and she appreciates the renovated kitchen with its new amenities. She serves up fried and deep-fried foods, sandwiches and specialty items from the hours of 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on curling nights during the season. Jodi Brasch and Cassidy Warren-Hall were operating the upstairs clubroom, which has been renamed The Broom Closet. Brasch, who was sitting in for bar manager Jill Arpin, advised that business in the bar has been good as well. She noted that they have hosted a number of celebratory nights and Christmas parties during the current season.

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