EASTON, Md. - It's that quirky winter sport, some might call "shuffle board on ice." If you ask Matt O'Shea with the Chesapeake Curling Club in Easton, "I like to call it the best kept secret on the eastern shore."
Delmarva isn't typically known for its winter sports, but the Chesapeake Curling Club has been playing this centuries old Scottish game for more than 30 years at the Talbot County Community Center.
Their numbers have grown over the decades, and they thank the Olympics for getting new curlers out on the ice.
"All ages, all skill levels can play this game," says O'Shea. Curling has been adapted over the years to compensate various athletic and physical abilities.
Before stepping out on the ice, there's some lingo to learn.
A curler delivers the rock across textured, pebbled ice, toward the rings at the opposite end of the rink. The rings are called the house. At the center of the house, is the button.
And then there's sweeping, teammates will smooth the ice right in front of the rock with a broom, to help deliver the rock up to 15 feet extra feet!
The team with the most stones closest to the button wins.
The Chesapeake Curling Club is actually the southern most dedicated curling ice rink in the country. There are a few rinks farther south that curl, but they don't have a specified facility.
The club operates from December to March. To learn more about the Chesapeake Curling Club, visit their web site HERE.
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