The Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club might be a familiar sight to Westboro residents, but most people probably don’t know the club has been around for twice as long as Tim Hortons.
The history of the club extends back to 1914, when a group of men from the Village of Westboro and the Township of Nepean leased space from a farmer named John E. Cole to set up a bowling green. In 1941, Cole put the land up for sale and the members collectively bought it.
Members will be celebrating the club’s centennial on July 5. Hoping to attract some more regulars, they hosted an open house on Saturday, May 17 and again on Tuesday, May 20. The latter marked the first time the club held a second one, in the evening. Club president Jean Higgins said that by holding an evening event they hoped to draw a different crowd. They’re especially eager to introduce newcomers to the game.
The premise of the sport is fairly straightforward. Lawn bowling combines the technique of bowling with the discipline of curling. Roll the bowls along the green, try to get them close to the mark, and keep them there. Overall, it’s a fun, relaxing, and surprisingly challenging game for a summer afternoon.