50th Anniversary

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Throughout the 2016/2017 curling season, Peace Arch Curling Centre will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Our bonspiels will have a Rocking 50’s theme and special memorabilia is available in our pro shop. Highlights of the year will be our “Rocking 50’s Party” on December 3, 2016 and our 50th Anniversary Daffodil Tea on March 2, 2017.

Rocking 50’s Party

This rocking’ party was a sell out!  Join us for our next event on March 2, 2017.

Daffodil High Tea – another sell out

On the afternoon of March 2, linens, fine china, and daffodils converted the lounge at the Peace Arch Curling Centre into an elegant tearoom. Seventy-five curlers, young and old, gathered to reminisce and celebrate 50 years of curling at the current site.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin and his wife, Jane, took part in the festivities. In presenting PACC president Marjorie Mooney with a commemorative letter, the mayor recognized the important part the curling centre plays in the healthy community of White Rock. A curler himself, the mayor looked back on how the sport has changed over the years. He also congratulated the boys’ team from Elgin Park and the girls’ team from Earl Marriott secondary schools who were currently competing in the provincial high school curling championships in Smithers.

Larry Dyok led everyone on an enjoyable trip down memory lane. “It is the people, not the building, that make a curling club,” said Dyok. He recognized four curlers in attendance who had played at the Silver Moon, the predecessor to the Peace Arch Curling Centre, located near the pier along the waterfront. Sharon Wallace holds the distinction of being the only person currently active in the club who has curled at both locations.

Florence Wall, whose husband, Art Wall, was mayor in the mid-1960’s and part of the planning committee for the new club, provided a lot of information about the early years and enjoyed exchanging stories with old friends.

Mr. Howard Kennett shared memories of winning the second bonspiel held at the Peace Arch Curling Club and paid respect to the many individuals who were instrumental in the formation of the club and the construction of the building in 1967.

A highlight of the afternoon was music provided by Asher Chapman, Callum Follett, Risa Murakami, and Braden Williams, students from Elgin Park Secondary School, who entertained with a selection of jazz numbers.   Eight-year-old Adina Ragettli amazed everyone with her talent on the harp.

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