Fascinated by watching curling as a Winter Olympics sport? Interested in understanding the object of the game and curling equipment? This includes throwing a 44-pound granite stone over 146 feet of ice while a broom is used to sweep the ice surface.
Then register for a class to learn the sport during the "Curling Experience" at the Schenley Park Skating Rink. Citiparks partners with the Pittsburgh Curling Club to host a one-day curling extravaganza on Sunday, February 16, to introduce this team sport of strategy and finesse that dates back to medieval Scotland.
"It's the fastest and best way to get the hang of curling," according to Dan Bliss, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Curling Club. "The Schenley Park event is one of two sessions we'll host around the time of the Olympics. Each 30-minute class will teach you how to slide and sweep, plus you'll get to throw a few stones just like you see on TV."
Lessons will take place at the rink starting each half hour between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. on February 16. Cost of a half-hour lesson is $15, and preregistration is necessary. To register, email Bliss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Curling is easy to learn and fun to play right from the first stone you throw," said Bliss. "By the end of the lesson, you'll be a curler. It's that easy."
For details, visit the Pittsburgh Curling Club website at www.pittsburghcurlingclub.com.