Curling is a gentleman's sport, one of finesse, strategy, and strength, and a group of enthusiasts have brought the game to Spokane in the form of the Lilac City Curling Club.
"We started up about three years ago just as a silly idea over the water cooler at work," Rick McCrickard said.
McCrickard and his friends partnered with the city to start up the Lilac City Curling Club.
"We are getting ready to start our second league, so we have gone from zero to a functioning league in just about three years," he said.
The object of curling is to slide a large, 40 pound stone down the ice and hope to make it in a big colored target called the house, the bullseye being the button.
"It's pretty big north of the border, in Scotland, and its pretty cool to see it here," Jon Escott said. "Not everybody has the health insurance to go skiing, snowboarding but curling is something you can do in the winter here. It's a fun activity."
The sweeping, well that's a little more tricky, but it does have an effect on the stone. The thrower gives direction to the sweepers, when and how much to sweep.
These guys in the curling club have done well in some local tournaments, but that's not the entire reason they are here. After a practice or a match the crew's been known to go out for a pint or two.
"Broom stacking is a big part of the game," McCrickard said. "We do like to go hoist a few and the tradition is actually that the winning team buys the first rounds."
"The best part is the social atmosphere, we love the competition we love the fact that this is kind of a niche sport that is growing with the community and giving us a chance to do something we enjoy," Josh Engle said.