If you think curling is just something you watch once every four years, think again. Evergreen Curling Club (ECC) has carried the brush for the sport in the Portland area since 2002 and moved into its current facility in 2012.
🥌 How do I play?
If you haven’t watched the “Roarin’ Game” at the Winter Olympics, curling can look a bit peculiar. “Most people will liken it to shuffleboard or chess on ice,” explained ECC’s curling instructor/events manager Barbara Feist. “But it’s more a combination of team dynamics and strategic thinking played out in a very physical sport that takes both strength and finesse.”
Read up on Curling 101 — sportsmanship and camaraderie are its heart and soul — then book a Learn to Curl lesson ($38 for adults and $19 for youth). Lessons are also provided during group events and private parties. As the only club with dedicated ice in Oregon, ECC’s leagues regularly fill up but are another option to continue developing skills. So are Friday drop-in games.
🧤 What do I need?
Dress in layers and wear rubber-soled shoes. Loaner equipment (brooms, knee pads, etc.) is available for newbies, as are accommodations for people in wheelchairs or those who are visually or hearing impaired — advanced notice for instructors is appreciated.
Don’t forget a warm and friendly attitude, and the willingness to learn. “Curling definitely is a community, and a great resource for connecting with people in all manner of occupations,” said Feist.
🧹 When can I try it?
Curling is a seasonal sport. ECC starts making ice in August, while lessons and leagues begin in late September. The summer closure starts in early to mid-May, depending on weather. Follow the club on Facebook for updates, and reach out with any further questions.