Friday, December 16, 2011

Kootenai Brown Opens up skating pond, plans outdoor curling event

Toni Lucas, Pincher Creek Voice

The Village Pond at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
Gentlemen, start your marshmallows.

C. Davis photo

Monday, December 19 begins another skating season at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV).  For the second year they will have the Village Pond, just to the east of the back gates.  "It is an outdoor pond, so it is weather dependent,"  says General Manager Tracy Glen.  "Last year we had some people who came almost every day that it was open."  This year KBPV also plans to host a curling turkey shoot at the pond on Sunday, January 15, at 1pm..

The Pond will be available to the public from December 19-23 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, for a fee of $3.00 per person. There is also one public evening skate that is planned for December 21, from from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  Those that want to skate under the stars are invited to come to the back entrance at the south end of James Avenue  This will also have a $3.00 entrance fee. Groups can rent the pond outside of those hours for private skating parties starting at $50 for two hours.  "For groups, we can furnish extras like hot chocolate or a bonfire, so they can cook hotdogs, and have marshmallow roasts for an additional fee,"  said Glen.  "This is great for families, groups, and organizations."  Private bookings must be done through the front office during working hours.  There are some times available between Christmas and New Year, but they have to be booked by December 23.

The Turkey Shoot planned for January 15 at 1 pm is in partnership with the Pincher Creek Curling Club, to help raise funds for a new curling facility.  Although there will be no entrance fee, to throw the rocks will cost $5.00 for three rocks, and those funds will be split between KBPV and the curling club.  "This is a special opportunity on so many levels," said Colleen Cyr, President of KBPV.  She pointed out that this will appeal to curlers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  "It should be a fun time."  There is a special twist on this event:  The beloved "Pioneer Rock" a home-made rock that was used in some of the early curling games in Pincher Creek can be thrown for this tournement.  "There are no other rocks on the ice during a turkey shoot, so there is no real chance that it will be damaged," said Cyr.  To throw this rock is a cost of $5.00 per throw, and the chance to touch a bit of history.

The KBPV archives has pictures of some of our early pioneers curling out on Pincher Creek, believed to with this very rock.  One and all are invited to this event, and have the chance to support both the Pioneer Village, and the Curling Club.  Even if you have never curled before, this is an opportunity to do something unique.  First prize is a turkey, and a special prize will be given to the person that comes the closest with the pioneer rock.  Concession and refreshments will be available during this event, as well as bragging rights for having curled outdoors.

For more information, or to book a party call Tracy Glen at 403-627-3684.  New times available in January will be announced soon.

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