RUTLAND - Can you hear the "roar"? It is the sound of granite curling stones sliding on the ice at Giorgetti Arena in Rutland as the Rutland Rocks Curling Club announces the formation of Curling Leagues on Sunday and Wednesday evenings.
The Rutland Rocks Curling Club began its fourth season of curling at Giorgetti Arena in November with 27 members and has almost doubled in size over the past two months.
"We are thrilled with the growth of our membership," said Club organizer Nancy Murphy. "With two leagues forming, it demonstrates a real commitment to the sport and bodes well for the future of curling in Rutland and for our Club."
It is this enthusiasm and commitment that has also led the Rutland Rocks Curling Club to take the exciting step of purchasing three sets of curling stones - the first of the five Vermont curling clubs to do so.
The 48 granite curling stones, originally manufactured in Scotland, are coming from the Green Bay Curling Club in Wisconsin and should be in play in Rutland in early January.
"This is a big step for a curling club of our size," said Club President Dianne Lyver. "Owning our own stones means that the Rutland Rocks Curling Club is committed to being a part of the winter sports scene in Rutland for years to come."
The Club curls on Sunday and Wednesday evenings through February and welcomes observers to visit and see how members strategize the game and deliver the stones.
A free Open House will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at Giorgetti Arena (2 Oak St., Rutland). In addition to learning about the sport, participants will be able to get on the ice to give it a try.
The Rutland Rocks Curling Club also offers Learn to Curl Clinics throughout the season. Details on the Club and the season may be found online at www.rutlandrocks.com.