Haldimand Curling Club hosts 50th anniversary celebration

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To The Haldimand Press

CAYUGA—On Saturday, March 25, 2023 the Haldimand Curling Club (HCC) celebrated 50 years of curling in Haldimand County. Way back in 1971, a small group of avid curlers wanted to have a place to curl in Cayuga. Hugh Shipway, Brian George, and Don Pearce were instrumental in getting things off the ground. Of the 125 original members, only 21 had curling experience.

Over the years the club flourished. In 2011, under Steve Fisher’s presidency, the club moved into the new Cayuga Memorial Arena. With the help of an Ontario Trillium Grant, a new set of reconditioned rocks were purchased for a five-sheet set up. Orie Seychuck was instrumental in helping raise funds.

Mentalist Ryan Edwards performed and provided entertainment to the crowd ahead of Sandbox taking the stage to provide live music. —Submitted photos.

Time passed and members entered bonspiels throughout the Niagara Peninsula, spreading the name of HCC. As word spread, there was an appetite for big city curlers to come to Haldimand and curl on area ice. The club started Haldimand Rocks and players from all over southern Ontario have competed annually in the Haldimand Rocks Mixed Bonspiel. Unfortunately, COVID put a hold on operations and the 50th anniversary was celebrated a little late.

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Saturday’s celebration started with a dinner catered by the Backroad Barbecue Company. It was followed by entertainment from mentalist Ryan Edwards and a dance with music provided by Sandbox. Many past and present members, as well as friends, were there. In all, 150 people attended the event. A big thank you goes out to the committee who organized it all, especially Mary Kent and Sandie Rowell.