Friday, January 14, 2011

MCC Hosts Scot Ladies on American Tour

It feels like a tornado came through Cleveland!  Yesterday, the Scot ladies arrived in Cleveland as part of their 30-game curling competition that started in Boston and ends in Seattle three weeks later.  Mayfield Curling Club was fortunate to be designated as home hosts for the 20 Scots and I was honored to be able to host two of the women, Caroleen from Glasgow and Barbara from Dundee.  The women had been on a break-neck schedule and were happy yesterday to have some "down" time for massages and manicures.  The evening was capped off with a McGonagall dinner, a very fun backward dinner (having dessert first, etc) to celebrate Scotland's worst poet William Topaz McGonagall.  We toasted the Poet many times throughout the evening!

The ladies Scots at MCC.

My house guests were super and were very thoughtful to give me a beautiful silver quaich (a Scottish cup for drinking whiskey) and a charming bookmark and pen in the design of famous Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  I also received a specially designed silver tour pin with a curling stone between the Scottish and US flags.

Caroleen, me and Barbara at the MCC dinner.

Today, three of the teams took to the ice for a match with three MCC teams.  Sadly for MCC and the US, we lost two of the games and only won one.  My team had a few problems (me!) and we had a few bad ends that brought us down to defeat.

Even with the loss, the game was very fun.  We exchanged club pins after the game, shared a drink, and they were off before we knew it in their tour bus to their next curling match at the Cleveland Skating Club.  I am exhausted and I can only imagine how grueling the schedule is for the 20 women Scots.  Thanks for the game and friendship and GOOD CURLING!

1 comment:

  1. Very sorry I was not in town to enjoy! Thanks for the very nice blog!