Following our regular Tuesday night curling session, the ice crew and some able-bodied volunteers took back to the ice in preparation for this weekend’s inaugural Diamond City bonpsiel.
Buckets of ice paint were uncapped as we began coloring in the Houses and lines into the ice for this weekend’s activities. After the paint was applied in the Houses, a fine spray of water over it locked the rings in place on each side of the rink. Strings were placed across the width of the Sheets to mark side and center lines.
Some members of our crew, along with the help of the staff and management at The Ice Rink at Coal St. and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, were at the rink until 4:30 a.m. and returned again today to begin the flooding process.
The scraper and nipper we’ve received on loan from other clubs within the Grand National Curling Club, as well as the trained pros that operate it, will be put to use throughout the day Thursday and the ice surface should be ready to go for the first draw Friday at noon.