TRURO - This is the time of year Cyril House looks forward to most.
The 64-year-old Valley resident and rink manager at Truro Curling Club can't wait to get the new curling season underway. The stone starts moving Thursday as the club holds registration from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
"Absolutely," House said. "It's that time of year when you get your juices running again and get ready for the season."
Everyone is welcome to sign up, no matter the experience level.
House said the club has already gotten plenty of response back from last year's members, who were sent an email regarding this week's registration session. Membership has held steady around the 400 mark for the past several years.
"It's a pretty healthy membership," House said. "It hasn't fluctuated a lot. It's been pretty steady."
For those teetering on the fence about buying a membership, the club is hosting an open house Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.
"Everyone can come in and look around and see what the club is all about," House said.
Although there is no ice in yet, House recently started the ice-making plant and expects all five sheets to be ready to go next week, likely after the open house.
That'll be just in time for the club's annual Swing and Sweep event, which sees those taking part play a round of golf at Greenfield Golf Club Oct. 12 before making their way to the club for a curling match.
Regular season play kicks off Oct. 21.
After hosting the Molson Tankard provincial men's championship in February and national firefighters and police tournaments over the past two seasons, the club is taking a year away from hosting any large events in 2013-14.
However, it will be a busy spot with leagues on the ice each day of the week, as well as a learn-to-curl program for those looking for an introduction to the game or simply to hone their skills.
The Brookfield Curling Club will also soon be kicking off its season.
The club has been seeing a resurgence in registration numbers after its operation was taken over from the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex by an executive committee in 2010. The club saw a 75 per cent increase in membership in 2011-12 and a further 25 per cent hike last year to more than 150 members from the junior to senior ranks.
Leagues are set to occupy the ice all week throughout the season.
Truro Curling Club
Full Membership - Full year $360
One Night Membership - Full year $232
Senior Men's Membership - Full year $310
Day Ladies Membership - Full year $242
Stick League Membership - Full year $232
Student Membership - Full year $160
New Member Membership - Full year $128
Brookfield Curling Club
Full Membership $410
Partial Member $310
New Member $210
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