By Karen Sotvedt
Raising the Roof â€“ Part 2
Thanks to the labour of volunteers, the promise of grant money from Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation, and the organization of additional fundraising by members, the roofing of the Middleton Curling Club has begun.
At the semi-annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the grant was announced, which meant work could commence. By Thursday afternoon the strapping had been delivered and a team was up on the roof and beginning the job. One of the main advantages of a steel roof (other than the previously reported fact that the racoons cannot chew through it) is that the shingled roof does not have to come off. This means that rain is not going to be a problem while the work goes on, and it is not going to interrupt curling in any way.
The club is lucky that maintenance coordinator Ian Reesor has experience installing steel roofs so that most of the work can be done by club members. This is the second big job the club has had to finance in two years, the first being the overhaul and upgrade of the aging ice plant. The club has ongoing fundraising with raffles, bonspiels, and the Big Breakfasts, but at Wednesdayâ€™s meeting it was agreed that an additional source of revenue was going to be required so that club coffers are not emptied by the latest improvements.
Bob Clattenburg and Dave Acker, who have run successful drives for speciality projects in the past, have offered to come up with a proposal to cover this one-time expense (at least it should be; with a 40-year life span, the steel roof should outlast many of us).
With the work progressing the curling is going on undisturbed. The club has a busy schedule Monday through Thursday with club curlers, and is also booked for social and curling events by outside groups during the weekends. Seasonal parties have begun and with the bar area overlooking the curling surface, and the dining room with fully equipped kitchen, it is a cosy and attractive place to have an event, whether you are curling or not.
The club also runs frequent Big Breakfasts, always well-attended by the local community, with the next one being on Saturday, Dec. 8, the day of the clubâ€™s day- long Christmas Fete. This annual fair combines a sparkly ticket auction of beautiful seasonal items, with the breakfast, bake sale, and curling in addition. Even if you donâ€™t curl, you can come for the food and the auction and stay for the show. Watch this space: www.middletoncurlingclub.com
Karen Sotvedt is a member of the Middleton Curling Club and writes this weekly column, Throwing Rocks, for The Spectator.