Mark your calendars! The Kalamazoo Curling Club is getting ice to call its own, and we're not wasting much time in sharing it! The Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival takes place at Wings Event Center on November 7. We are coordinating our very first bonspiel to happen that same weekend. It just makes sense. Participants will get tickets to the beer festival as part of their entry fee, and we're certain to be sharing some of Kalamazoo's finest throughout the weekend. Details are starting to take shape, and team registration is not open yet. Hold tight, and put the date on the calendar — Kalamazoo's first bonspiel will take place November 6-8, 2015. We can't wait!
Well, it's happening. We are planning on having dedicated curling ice in the Cube at the Wings Event Center (which we will all call "Wings Stadium," the same as we always have). Aside from a few (we're talking 3) weekends where Wings will need the space for other events, the ice in the Cube will be ours to call home. 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
We'd like to have a women's league. We hope to start a wheelchair league. We hope to have youth leagues. We hope to have many more learn to curl opportunities. We hope to have rookie leagues. The list goes on... Above all, we hope to have playable ice! In order to do this, we are going to need help. Our club has been growing successfully over the past 7 years, but this is a big step. In order to make it a successful step, we need to invest in some ice equipment.
We've created a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some of this money. We're asking that the fantastic curling community consider chipping in what they can, so that we might help realize our ultimate goal, which is fantastic ice in our own facility. We're making a step in that direction. Having the chance to operate our club in an arena setting allows us to grow the sport through increased curling opportunities. We are going WAY beyond our previous curling opportunities, which consisted of a two hour league on two or three evenings with a few learn-to-curl events thrown in the mix. If we can open our club to more people at more times, our base can grow... and eventually we could end up in our very own home.
In the meantime, we are THRILLED to have this opportunity to work with Wings Stadium. We're also a little nervous... please help keep us calm.