ALBERTON -- A St. Patrick’s Day Dance at St. Anthony’s Legion dinner and kitchen party at the Rodd Mill River Resort and, of course, curling at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton are among the many activities planned for curlers participating in the Dominion Command Legion Curling Championships next week in Alberton.
Another special event organizers have on the schedule is a member’s social on Tuesday night, an opportunity for all of the legion members to socialize with the curlers.
Geoffrey Irving and Cletus Dunn are co-chairing the host committee for the prestigious event. Other members of the committee are Alan Curtis, Doug Gallant, Fr. Art Pendergast, Paul Arsenault, Glenn Adams, Linda Curtis, Tasha Dunn, Michelle Arsenault, Dennis Gallant, Roger Gavin and Wendy Fraser.
St. Anthony’s Legion in Bloomfield is the host legion for the national championship, and all games will be played at the Western Community Curling Club.
Seven provinces are sending teams to the championship. The Mel Bernard rink from Summerside Legion is the P.E.I. representative.
Teams arrive on Saturday and will be treated to a reception and the St. Patrick’s Dance at the legion that night.
Practice time is set aside at the curling club Sunday morning. Official opening ceremonies are at 1:30 p.m. and there are draws scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Draws on Monday and Tuesday are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the final round robin draw goes Wednesday at 9 a.m. Tiebrekers, if necessary will be played Wednesday afternoon. The curling club will provide meals for the curlers between all draws. All of the draws are open to the public. The National Legion Curling Championship will conclude with an awards banquet and entertainment at the legion Wednesday evening. Teams depart next Thursday.
Funding partners for the Dominion Command Curling Championship are Dominion Command Royal Canadian Legion and P.E.I. government through Health and Wellness and Tourism and Culture. Several area businesses are sponsors for the event.