Parisien Manor residents Raymond Beaulne and Herbert Hoff are hard core curling fans. Both played the sport in their earlier days and fondly recall their roles as Skips. Skips determine the strategy, direct play for the team and deliver the important last pair of stones for his/her team at each end.
Herbert speaks of long ago when the game was played on a pond and having to use actual brooms with bristles to sweep the ice, unlike the presently more modern brushes that are used. They also used iron curling “stones,” shaped like tea kettles and weighing about 60 to 80 pounds each, for men, 40 to 48 pounds for women. Today granite stones are used.
The week of January 27th – February 1st was an exciting time for the citizens of Cornwall, ON. The City of Cornwall was selected to host the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Provincial Curling Championship Bonspiel. The Championships saw the top eight men’s and eight women’s teams battle it out to see who will represent Ontario at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Raymond and Herbert expressed how much they adored the sport and would like to see a live game again. When hearing about this Dream, the staff at Parisien Manor acted quickly and purchased tickets for the two residents to see a game on opening day. Raymond and Herbert reminisced with Volunteer Rita Huot and Activity Aide Kandice Laframboise about their days playing with their buddies. They sipped hot chocolate and ate homemade chocolate chips cookies from the stands. Both Raymond and Herbert watched in anticipation to see what players would “take out” others and loved how quickly and swiftly the players moved down the ice as they feverishly swept to the finish line.
Raymond and Herbert were thrilled to have this very Canadian Winter Dream realized.