by Heidi Schmidt, Chesapeake Inspired: Celebrating the Culture of the Chesapeake Bay
In 2010, the Norwegian Curling team made waves with their eclectic pants, bringing curling to the forefront of that year’s Winter Olympic Games. While curling has only been played in five Olympic games, the sport has quickly gained attention and is again part of the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia — this time starting with 10 teams in a round-robin style Bonspiel (the curling term for a tournament).
Two curling clubs in the greater Annapolis area play in tournaments and host events for the public. Both Chesapeake Curling Club (chesapeakecurling.org), based in Easton, and the Potomac Curling Club (curldc.org), based in Laurel, host a variety of bonspiels for juniors and adults as well as Learn to Curl classes or open houses.