April 2016 Newsletter

Greetings all,

Happy April Fools' Day!!!!

April Fools' Day, sometimes called All Fools' Day is celebrated every year on April 1st by playing jokes and spreading hoaxes. The jokes and their victims are called "April fools". People playing April Fool jokes expose their prank by shouting "April Fool". Some newspapers, magazines, and other published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the next day or below the news section in small print. Here are a few examples of April Fools' pranks.....

In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees: numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and intended to rename in the "Taco Liberty Bell". In 1998, after Burger King advertised a "Left-Handed Whopper," scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich. These are just a few examples of April Fools' pranks, so beware....don't get fooled.

Let's get started with this months' newsletter.

Another year has come and gone. The curling season seems to fly by faster every year and this one was no exception. Our Championship Steak Night is this evening and is well attended by members and also by many of our advertisers. It is always great to see those who support us come to our final night so we can say "Thank You" for their continued support.

Another neat addition to our final night, is the presentation of medals to our youth curlers who either finished first or second in their age category at the OCA "Hit Draw and Tap Competition". It is great to see the young curlers excited to come to the club to curl and participate in club events. They will be the future of our sport and we welcome them all with open arms. As always, the curlers will be piped onto the ice by Doug Morris of the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay. John Baldry, OCA Rep, will be introducing the young curlers and Marteen Jones, our youth coordinator, will present the boys with their medals. After the presentations all the teams competing on the ice will be introduced by Vice President, Wendy Findlay. Results of the games will be shared with you in our next newsletter.

Bookshelf:

Many of you have taken advantage of this club resource but many may not be aware of it. On the second floor down by Sheet One is a bookshelf of gently used paperback and hardcover books. Thank you to all those people who have donated books, to this cause. These books can be purchased for $1.00 a piece. Stock up now for your summer reading at the cottage or simply at home on the patio. At the price of $1.00 a book, a better deal cannot be found! All the funds raised go directly back to the Curling Club.

Banquets:

The Tuesday Evening Women will have their Closing Spiel and Banquet on Saturday, April 2. We have two other banquets coming up next week the first being the "Year End Banquet and Awards Night" on Monday, April 4th and the "Ladies Closing Social and Awards Night" on Wednesday, April 6th. This is a time to recognize our league winners and also to say "Thank You" to all of our league sponsors. Remember to support our sponsors throughout the year as they do the same for us.

Early Bird Registration:

Register for the 2016 - 2017 curling season and avoid possible increases to your membership dues. Also, have your name added to a list for a chance to win back your membership fee as Cheryl Saunders did this year!! Dues must be received on or before June 1, 2016 to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be made at the Annual General Meeting in June. Registration forms are available at the LCC office or see the attached form.

Bonspiels:

We have had several bonspiels over the last month which have brought many new faces to our club. They all received the usual "friendly hospitality" that the Lindsay Curling Club is known for and treated to the best ice conditions around.

First, we had the United Way Fundraising Bonspiel that had 34 teams participating in two six end games. Many of the participants were novice curlers and in some cases brand new to the game, however, several of our members who were in the spiel assisted them so it would be an enjoyable experience for all. We received a letter from Audrey Quibell, coordinator and volunteer for the United Way and I would like to share her comments.

"I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for your generous sponsorship of the Nexicom-United Way Funspiel March 5, 2016. With your support we were able to raise $14,082.00 for United Way. Thank you so much on behalf of CKL United Way."

It is always nice to receive letters from individuals who use our facility to raise funds for their organizations. Often we utilize these complementary letters as support for our grant applications which are used to fund improvements to our facilities.

Our next bonspiel was the Bromont Men's Curling Classic which took place from Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13. There were sixteen teams participating in this first ever Bromont Bonspiel. We had local teams as well as several out of town participating in this three day bonspiel. The curlers were treated to pizza and a complimentary beverage on Friday evening, home baked tasty treats Saturday morning, a Subway lunch and a BBQ steak dinner to finish off the day. On Sunday morning the curlers along with many of our members and friends enjoyed a pancake breakfast organized by the TEW section. All in all, everyone was well fed and seemed to enjoy the weekend of curling. The eventual winning rink was Terry Corbin and his team from the Brant Curling Club.

On behalf of the Bromont Men's Curling Classic Committee, we would like to extend our sincere "Thanks" to the many groups and their individual volunteers who supported us with help in the kitchen, with the BBQ, the line score keepers, the bar staff, the draw masters, the pancake breakfast helpers, as well as, the many shuttle drivers. A special "Thank You" goes out to our ice team, Mark and Nathan, who did double duty as they both we playing in the spiel as well as preparing the excellent ice conditions. We are always reminded that our club events are only successful with the much-needed support from its willing members.

The final bonspiel of the month was the Women's Open on Saturday, March 19th. There were 18 teams taking part in the annual bonspiel. The field consisted of teams from Peterborough, Port Perry, Oshawa, and of course Lindsay. The ladies were treated to morning goodies and a delicious meal prepared by Dianne's Country Cooking. The winning rink was our very own Cheryl Saunders, Noreen Moore, Sue Ledoux and Marg Preston. Congratulations ladies!!!!! We would like to thank Ruth Marquis of Re-Max Realty and Cheryl Reid of Hamilton Creek our sponsors as this event would not be possible without their support. Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You for your continued support.

OCA Events:

The last OCA Event of the year for the Lindsay Curling Club is the Women's Tankard and the Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard. This year the two team event was held at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club in February. Two entries from Lindsay won the Zone Event and will now advance to the Regions at the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club on Saturday, April 9th. Congratulations and good luck to Cheryl Saunders, Kathy Simpson, Sue Ledoux, Gayle Golden, Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson who will be representing Zone 5 on the ladies' side. As well, Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Scott Worsley, Mark West, Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven, Dave Geelen will be competing on the men's side at the same venue. If the teams advance to the Provincials the teams will be travelling to Annandale Golf & C.C. the very next day Sunday, April 10th. We wish them the best of luck and good curling!

Lindsay Curling Club has been well represented this year at the Zones, Regionals and Provincials levels in the various OCA events offered. The Club is proud of all of our teams and knows that each and every one of them did their very best. There are a few folks that we need to mention who have worked extremely hard to make the events that our Club hosted a tremendous success. John Baldry and Sue Ledoux, our OCA club representatives, worked tirelessly to ensure both visiting and home teams were taken care of both on and off the ice. The hospitality offered was second to none! The events, themselves, ran smoothly and professionally! We need to thank both Sue and John for they both go above and beyond the call of duty of the expectations of the OCA.

As mentioned in a previous newsletter the Lindsay Curling Club has been awarded to host the 2016/17 Senior Women's and Men's Provincial Championship. We are excited to be hosting this event and have already begun to plan for the five day event under the leadership of our chair, John McCrae and his many committee members. Hosting an event of this magnitude requires a lot of work and many, many volunteers. We will be asking for people to act as shuttle drivers, game timers, ticket sellers, kitchen helpers, sign bearers, committee members and such. Watch for more details as we move forward towards this prestigious curling event.

Little Caesar & the Consuls Dance:

Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help out at the dance on Saturday, May 28th. We have started to put together a schedule and will let everyone know in lots of time what shift they are working and how they are helping us out whether it be selling bar tickets, working at the door, bar tending or setting up or helping to take down at the end of the night.

Ticket sales have been going well and you can purchase tickets at the LCC office or at one of the many locations in and around Lindsay (VanHalteran's Music Centre, Wally's Haircutting, Kawartha Coffee Co., Bobcaygeon, Sweet Bottoms Coffee, Fenelon Falls or at Wilson & Lee Music Store in Oshawa) or from one of the committee members (Bob or Sandy Widdis, Cheryl Saunders, MaryEllen Gerster, Mike or Pat O'Reilly). For advance tickets they are $20.00 per person or you can wait to purchase tickets at the door for $25.00/person.

I thought that some of you may be interested in learning a little more about the band. It was Toronto, 1956, when a group of five musicians joined forces and formed what would become the legendary "Little Caesar & the Consuls", Canada's oldest rock and roll dance band.

Through the years the band would benefit from a virtual rolodex of members including young guitarists/songwriters Gene MacLellan ("Snowbird") and Robbie Robertson ("The Weight"). The "Consuls" would also share the stage with such hit makers as "The Beach Boys", the "Rolling Stones", "Lovin'Spoonful", "Dave Clark Five", and "Sonny & Cher" to name a few.

Recordings landed "Little Caesar & the Consuls" several Canadian hits; on the Columbia label in 1963 "If I Found a New Girl". In 1965 on Red Leaf they recorded "My Girl Sloopy", "Hang on Sloopy" (#1 in Canada and Top 50 in the U.S.A.) and "You Really Got A Hold On Me".

Current members include Martin Damsell (guitar and vocals), Walter Taylor (keyboards and vocals) Sam Carothers (bass and vocals), Russ Strathydee (saxophones and vocals) and Phil Strong (drums and vocals).

An authentic dance band, "Little Caesar & the Consuls" are the real deal, continuing to delight audiences wherever they perform, and faithfully staying with the same "Consuls" brand of music. They have yet to reach the finish line of their musical journey.

Come on out and help Little Caesar and the Consuls celebrate "60 Years of Music and Memories" at the Lindsay Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 28th.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Saturday, April 2nd - Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet
  • Monday, April 4th - Year End Banquet 5:00 pm Social, 6:00 pm Roast Beef Dinner and presentation of awards to follow
  • Wednesday, April 6th - Ladies Closing Social and Awards Night 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 19th - Tuesday Evening Women's Spring Meeting 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 28th - Little Caesar and the Consuls Dance
 

Well, that is about it for another year of curling. I intend to continue with our newsletters over the summer months and if I do not see you, have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all again next fall. Thanks for a fantastic year!!!!

Dave Nigh