From Fire To Ice

We all know the story. With one heinous act of arson, a club (and to some a home away from home) was destroyed. Fundraising and rebuilding efforts seemed to start immediately across the GNCC. But where are they today?

Norfolk Curling Club President Mary Fanette recently agreed to update us on their rebuilding progress. She says that even though they have come a long way towards meeting their fundraising goals, there is still a lot of work left to do.

“We've had a very busy summer with several events designed to bring more money into the rebuilding fund. These include dinners, auctions, raffles and even concerts.”

One such event, an auction, brought in nearly 180 people to support the club that they consider a 'mainstay of the town'.

Patrons arrive in large numbers for the NCC benefit auction.

Since the fire, Norfolk has managed to raise approximately $340,000. Combined with their insurance proceeds they have just over $1.1 million at their disposal for the rebuilding project. Though that sounds like a great accomplishment, they're still short of the $1.5 million total rebuilding estimate. Until the building designs are finalized next month, this number is still just an estimate.

The outpouring of support from the curling community has been overwhelming. Norfolk has received numerous donations from clubs and curlers within the GNCC as well as other parts of the country. Some donations have been direct, whereas others have been from ancillary sources such as merchandise sales, 50/50 raffles and even bonspiel proceeds. For example, Cape Cod Curling Club hosted the GNCC Senior Mixed this past February in which 18 teams participated. With a beaming display of generosity, CCCC donated the entire net proceeds to Norfolk’s rebuilding fund. Nutmeg Curling Club has graciously offered to host Norfolk’s men's bonspiel, The Calder Cup at the end of November. They have also offered ice time on the weekends this past season.

It is this very curling spirit and the desire to have their own club once again that drives the Norfolk curlers. NCC members started off this year with high spirits and determination to rebuild their club. As with all curling clubs, summer activities and other interests have taken over, but a core group of members have been diligently working on building designs and fundraising efforts to keep things on track. Since they are still lacking their own home to curl, Fanette is hopeful that when the season starts up again, Norfolk curlers will be out in force in search of curling opportunities.

As previously mentioned, building designs will be finalized within the next month and they hope to break ground in October. If the weather cooperates, they plan to pour the foundation and erect the metal building before winter. Then in the spring/summer of 2013, they hope to finish the interior and install the ice equipment. The ultimate goal is to be curling in their new facility by Fall of 2013! To ensure they keep some of the great qualities of the original structure, they built a few key elements you may remember into the new design. It will still feature two-sheets with a wrap-around configuration of warming room, locker room and separate bar. However, it will be slightly larger and, unlike the old club, their ice equipment will be very energy-efficient, possibly allowing them to extend their curling season.

Norfolk has come a long way since the onset of this disaster. They appreciate all of the support that curling clubs and individual curlers from within the GNCC and beyond have extended to them. That being said, they're still short of their monetary goal. To help their rebuilding efforts, donations can be sent to Norfolk Curling Club, P.O. Box 102, Norfolk, CT 06058 or donated online at

From all of us at SCC, good curling and good luck to our friends at the Norfolk Curling Club!