“Hurry! Hurry … Hard!”

Those commands will soon be echoing once again throughout the cavernous Coldwater Curling Club as organizers prepare for another action-packed season of ice action.

“We’re all set and almost ready to go,” said Brian Flintoff, who helps manage the busy Michael Ann Drive facility in the heart of the village of Coldwater.

Tomorrow night, the club will kick off its new season by welcoming back an old friend. Glenn Howard and members of his provincial championship team will be presented with their provincial banner by a representative of the Ontario Curling Association. It will be the fifth provincial banner that Howard’s team has won to be hung among the rafters of the Coldwater club.

“We’re very proud of Glenn and that this is his host club,” Flintoff said.

While Howard will be feted at the wine and cheese soiree that runs from 6:30 to 9 p. m., it will also be an opportunity to register for a winter of curling. Last year, the club was home to just over 300 curlers.

“We expect that many at least, probably a little more,” said Flintoff, who said he doesn’t think the slumping economy will keep people away from their favourite winter sport. “We offer attractive packages and do a lot to meet curlers’ needs, so we don’t foresee less than last year.”

The Coldwater rink offers a variety of packages for its members. Full memberships vary from $230 (one league per week) to $340 (three or more leagues per week). There are also other ways to play: a $25 Little Rock program, a $25 four-pack instruction package, a $50 Ladies’ Learn to Curl program and various curling passes. There is also a special fee for junior-and bantam-aged curlers.

League and other forms of curling action take place daily with Saturdays mostly set aside for bonspiels — many of which are community and organizational fundraisers. The Tom Smith men’s bonspiel, a skins competition, will kick off the season Nov. 14 and there will be various others throughout the season capped by the sixth annual Coldwater Curl for the Cure breast cancer fundraiser March 6.

This year’s curling season in Coldwater will start early next month. After hosting the dog show this weekend — a featured event at the Coldwater Fall Fair — work will begin to prepare the facility for curling. The ice will start to be installed next Tuesday.

“The shuffleboard club just wrapped up its very successful season with a banquet last Thursday,” Flintoff said. “And now, we’re getting things ready for curling. This building is used and busy 12 months a year now, which is great.”

For more information about the Coldwater Curling Club and its activities, call 686-3946 or visit

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