2018-02-15 / Outdoors

Curling debuts in Suttons Bay


“CURLING STONES” made from frozen milk jugs filled with colored water brought an approximation of the Olympic sport of curling to the Suttons Bay Ice Rink Park for the first time Sunday afternoon. Gerald TenBrink of Suttons Bay takes a shot as Dane O’Brien looks on. “CURLING STONES” made from frozen milk jugs filled with colored water brought an approximation of the Olympic sport of curling to the Suttons Bay Ice Rink Park for the first time Sunday afternoon. Gerald TenBrink of Suttons Bay takes a shot as Dane O’Brien looks on. The Olympic sport of curling has made its debut in Suttons Bay.

Just kidding.

The reality is that a few folks tried their hand at an activity that looked a little bit like curling at the Ice Rink Park in downtown Suttons Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The curling “stones” they slid along the ice were frozen milk jugs filled with colored water. The “brooms” used to affect the trajectory of the “stones” were simple household utensils. And the colorful concentric circles serving as targets for the stones were imaginary.

Nonetheless, a fundraiser for the Friendship Community Center and another nonprofit organization known as “Leelanau Investing for Teens” (LIFT) was successful, according to organizers. A chili cookoff at the center raised funds at $1 per serving, with proceeds going both to LIFT and the community center.

LIFT runs an after-school program at the center, organized by Bekah and Gerald TenBrink of Suttons Bay. In addition to the chili cookoff and “curling,” the event included family skating and “broom ball” on the ice rink just across Broadway Street from the center.

The Friendship Community Center has long provided a venue for a variety of community events and organizations including a potluck held the second Tuesday of each month.

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