The following was kindly sent in from John Mickle. Thank you so much – it is a great story. You must love shuffleboard the way we do! – Bill Boyes (shuffleboardbill)
From: J and B Mickle
Hello Bill: I am responding to your recent e-mail in which you requested information from Ontario shuffleboard clubs.
Shuffleboard was not totally new to the Ancaster Seniors’ Achievement Centre in Ancaster. It had been tried once, several years ago, but unfortunately ran its course. However, the courts which were incorporated in vinyl flooring in the main auditorium of the centre remained intact. (Ancaster has a population of about 20,000 and is located just outside of Hamilton)
I noticed the courts during a visit in April of 2014 and spoke to those in charge about resurrecting the game/sport. It was a bit of a struggle as we had no budget. However, cues were found and thanks to Rendall and Myrna Bilton of Elora and Ernie Thomas of Niagara Falls, discs were donated. The St. Mary’s Club also donated discs but they were unsuited to our floor. Yours truly repaired old, home made score boards which were found in a storage bin outside of the Seniors’ Centre and experimented with beads, wax and corn meal to find the right beading compound.
In late June, 2014 we opened for business (Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.) and to state we got off to a slow start would be an understatement. However, we persevered and eventually attracted some interested shufflers. At the moment we have 15 seniors who have come out. We only have 3 courts so we are not looking for huge numbers but a few more players would be nice. We took a photo of some of our players on Thurs. June 18 when only 7 players showed up. We usually attract a few more every Thursday. Members of the Seniors’ Centre are charged $1 each time they play.
It is fun, our courts are fast and we seem to enjoy each others company. Plus, play has really improved! If we can get our numbers up, we will be trying "Black & Gold", "Singles-Mingles" and "Hoss Collar" games from time to time.
As stated, it has been a struggle but in my opinion, well worth the effort! Cheers -John Mickle