The Nutmeg Curling Club invites local residents to throw rocks at houses — in the Olympic tradition.
The club, based at Bridgeport’s Wonderland of Ice, is sponsoring 11 curling open houses from Sept. 29 to Oct. 10.
Curling is the Olympic sport originally created by the Scots hundreds of years ago and is often referred to as “chess on ice.”
Rocks are the 42-pound polished granite stones participants slide down a 146-feet-long sheet of ice toward a target, called the house.
The Nutmeg Curling Club offers curling activities from early October to late March at its own rink at the Wonderland of Ice, 123 Glenwood Ave.
The members begin every curling season with a series of open houses to introduce interested residents to the sport, many of whom have only seen it on television and thought, “I can do that.”
Curling is a low-impact sport that all ages can play. To onlookers, the sport resembles shuffleboard on ice, with the courtesies of golf.
The sport is growing in popularity in area high schools, which have formed their own league and play at the club’s rink.
The Nutmeg Curling Club supplies the needed brooms and stones. No special clothing is needed other than warm winter-wear.
Open house sessions are Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 and 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6 and 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 10, at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.