The Indian Head Heritage Club recently celebrated our 40th Anniversary. Members hosted a social afternoon filled with fabulous music, lots of chit chat and of course, cake and ice cream. Major thanks to our musicians, Ivy Clark, Barbara Johnson, Claire Van Marion, Valentina May, and “Memory Lane” band members Wayne Horsman (sax), Bill Pearce (electric keyboard) and Len Sereda (bass guitar). We so very much appreciated your time and talents. To kick off our celebration, Ivy Clark picked the perfect tune by playing for us, “The Anniversary Waltz” (Vera Lynn). I am still a little teary as I recall the opening bars to one of the piano duet pieces chosen by Claire and Barbara. “Music Box Dancer”, (Frank Mills) was one of my Mother's favourites. I've also discovered that vacuuming is a whole lot more fun and lively if I sing “I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” as I manoeuvre my Hoover! My “good ole' girls heart” and Gale Erickson's got together to belt out the lyrics to “King Of The Road” (Roger Miller) and what words we forgot, we just made up! To our members who worked together to help me organize, decorate, bake, serve and clean up after, thank you all so very much. We also want to send a big shout out to Donna Thompson for her recent article in this newspaper. Donna's write up captured a good many historical highlights of our club. We thank you, Donna! Our monthly crib tournament, Nov. 13, drew in 24 players, all with a focus on having fun. We sure appreciate Claire Van Marion's time spent on the phone asking, and sometimes begging, people to come out and play so we have an even number of players. Major thanks to each person who fills in as a spare, or last minute player. Coffee break with lunch treats are always a great time to catch up on the news hither and yon, down the street or across town. But, it always seems to me, that the cards change after that coffee break. If I held great hands before coffee, they vanish... and if I was having no luck before coffee, well, it's just magical! Laura DeVocht and Judy Woidyla came up with great cards all afternoon and ended up winning $14 each. Joyce Kattler and I came to life after coffee break this time, ended the day in second place and left with $11 each. I think Kathy Robb and Carolyn Weikum were surprised to discover themselves in third place and winners of $8 each, and coffee break didn't fizz on them one little bit!! Hey, what happened to my theory! If you read my story last month, you will recall Mischief and Mayhem! Those two little devils showed up again for our monthly Canasta afternoon. We welcomed 3 new players to our event today, for a total of 28 card “sharks”! I use that word sporting a grin, because I introduced a new twist to our game tables today. STEAL A FOOT! No one had ever heard of this spin on the game, but let me tell you, several players got right into some Mischief making!! Shirley Waas figured it out and stole someone's foot in the first game. Another player that took advantage of mischief was John Weisbeck. Throughout the afternoon, John managed to steal his own partners' foot twice and the opponents foot once, and together he and Linda Orban won 1st place, no argument. Liz Mayer and Connie Billett suffered through only one lousy game and after that, they sailed into second place, no question about it. Now, third place, I'd like to introduce you “the wrecking crew”, Lorne Scott and newcomer, John Railton. I've known Lorne a scant 4 years, and just met John today. I didn't personally get to play against this pair today ... but, from what I heard, John's the nice guy and Lorne's the bad guy with several tricks up his sleeve! We play again Dec. 17, and I can hardly wait
We have all been busy people these past few weeks! It seems we have so many chores to do around home and yard before winter settles in. The early snow events this year caused a little havoc with all of our schedules and calendars. I don't ever recall shovelling snow on Sept 23 before! We have also been occupied with events and activities as various clubs and organizations get going again after our summer break. Then, there were the personal appointments, family birthdays, weddings, celebrations... and the Fall (Fowl) Suppers to attend and Thanksgiving to celebrate. Busy people often joke that being busy keeps them out of mischief. There were certainly some mischief makers at our monthly cribbage tournament on Oct. 9. All in good spirit and fun! Alma Kelln and Allen Braithwaite teamed up for the event, and had a blast! First place was a touchdown, a runaway, a grand slam & a hat trick! They won every game, even skunked several other teams, and the prize purse contained $11 each. Gale Erickson and Joy Inouye had a couple of rough games, smiled and laughed through it all. Our coffee break seemingly tipped the balance scales in Gale & Joy's favour, which provided all the gusto the gals needed to bounce Joyce Kattler and I (Janice Gooding) down to third place by a scant 20 points! Joyce and I tried to cause a little mischief during a couple of games by swinging the point spread back and forth. We managed to squeak out a few wins by just a point or two, and received $4 each. The theme of “mischief making” seemed to spill into the third week of October at the Heritage Club. Twenty-four lively spirits showed up to play Canasta with nothing but fun, laughter, mayhem and mischief on their minds. If you got to play at Table #2 ... collecting red 3's seems to have been your mischief! Three teams who played at this table managed to collect 7 red three's – their point count became 700 (100 points for each red 3) plus a 500 point bonus ... let the bells ring! In total, throughout the afternoon, four teams managed to collect 7 red three's and cash in on mega bonus points!! After slight corrections regarding score sheet totals ... bragging rights to 1st place go to Dorothy Bartley and Joy Inouye. A mere 250 points away, Ellen Varley and Connie Billett tell me they had a ton of fun and can't wait to play again! (Circle your calendar for Nov. 19, call me before I call you!) In third place, and cashing in on our red 3's bonus points, at Table #2 no less! ... let the good times roll .... Eldeen Boehmer and Kathy Kish. Way to go ladies! But be warned, hot on your heels were Darlene Kurtz and Judy Woidyla just a breath away, a Joker to be sure! By the time you read this particular story of mine, our SOLD OUT Heritage Club Steak Night at the Grand Ave Inn/ Wooden Nickle will be over ... I'll tell you about it next week! Before I leave you with this particular edition of our local, home grown newspaper, I personnally invite you to circle Sunday, October 28 on your calendar ... come celebrate, be a proud senior of our community as we all come together to celebrate our Heritage Club 40th Anniversary ... cake & ice cream and MUSIC we all know and love.
How did we get to autumn this darn fast? Indian Head, thank you for sharing your glorious colours! We had quite an exciting week at the Heritage Club! Member, Allen Braithwaite, defied the odds when he held two 28 point cribbage hands in one week. (A 29 point hand is a perfect score in cribbage.) The first hand showed up during our monthly crib tournament on Sept. 11 when Allen was dealt three 5's and a King, the last five was the cut card. He and partner, Gale Erickson, ended the afternoon in third place overall. Allen told us he held another 28 point hand about 10 years ago, but so far the perfect 29 point hand had eluded him! Joyce Kattler, and I, came alive in the second half of the tournament. A good cuppa' Joe works wonders, and in our case, it worked a miracle! Joyce and I had nothing going for us in the first half of the tourney. It was a whole different game after coffee break. With only 12 players that day, Joyce Kattler and I, in first place, stuffed away $9 to play again next month. Dorothy Bartley and Audrey Lyke were somewhat behind, and were astonished to learn they each won $5. Two days later, at our regular Thursday afternoon drop in cribbage event, Allen Braithwaite was again dealt three 5's and a Jack this time ... and oh my, the cut card is indeed the remaining 5 of Hearts! We all got caught up in the excitement, me especially, since I had my camera there. We declared the hand a perfect hand and Allen pegged his 29 points. My phone rang about 2 hours later. It was Allen exclaiming ... “it was the wrong Jack!” I looked at the pictures on my camera and we counted and re-counted the points ... indeed it was the wrong one, for it needed to be the Jack of Hearts! We still give Allen credit for defying the odds and holding two 28 point hands in one week. Way to go Allen!!
A good bunch of gals came out to play Canasta on September 17. We always seem to have such a fun time, chatting, teasing and trying to out-wit, out-last and out-play the opposing team! The first game did not go all that well for Ellen Varley and Judy Woidyla, but the ladies picked up the pace from there. With the aid of some very nice point counts, the pair sailed into a first place finish. The third round, with a meld of 120 points, proved to be a bit of a challenge for Kathy Kish and Marge Burgess. The gals had to settle for second place. Dolly Appleton and Eleanor Gares suffered through the first 2 games, wondering if there was any light at the end of the tunnel! Not only did they find their own light, but, they may have stolen another team's to boot! Our lovely ladies enjoyed the last 3 rounds immensely! The pair scored high canasta counts, in the last 3 games, of over 9000 points each! And, I see card counts of 1205, 1300 and 1330 .. well played, ladies!! And, just so you know, Dolly Appleton and Eleanor Gares, in third place today, ... also receive honours for scoring the worst game of the day, with only 2080 total points! Thanks for joining in on the fun and the theory proving ... the cards fall where they may! See you next month,
Does anyone else feel “out of sync” these past couple of weeks? I sure hope it isn't just me, because then I would have a problem to fix. Or maybe I just need to learn to be patient, wait on the natural order to prevail and carry on with each day the Lord grants me. I'm sure this “out of syncness” (new word!) has to do with minor things – like, no newspaper for 2 weeks, hence no deadline to meet, - no grass to cut because it quit growing due to lack of rain, - flowers/garden are done way too early because of heat, harvest season is almost complete, forest fires raging everywhere, the swimming pool is now closed and our young people will be heading back to school already! Summer 2018 is ending. I am delighted to say I forget about feeling out of sync when I play cribbage at the Heritage Club! On August 14, twenty friends and neighbours showed up for a fun and lively afternoon of cribbage. The cards sure didn't line up for my partner and I, but Allen Braithwaite and Earl Chesney had a hayday and took home $13 each. In second place, Gale Erickson and Bill Glasspell pegged when they needed to and pocketed $9 each. Although slow to start, and with a coffee break revival, Eldeen Boehmer and Audrey Lyke got their mojo going and each took home $6. On Monday, August 20 we welcomed 16 Canasta players in our front door. Life is good as soon as you you greet friends and the first hand is dealt! From the chatter and laughter, I believe we all had a great afternoon. Landing in first place, Cleo Koback and Linda Orban were grinning from ear to ear! Sporting our own grins, Dora Nichol's and I melded each time and picked up the discard pile several times giving us mega points ... alas, not quite enough, as we settled into second place. Surprise, surprise, surprise! Kathy Kish and Judy Woidyla played the safe, middle of the road, stay out of the ditch game, ending their afternoon in an honourable third place.
It was the 10th of July, late afternoon, when I arrived home with a smile plastered all over my face!! Sixteen of us had been out for an afternoon playing cribbage in our monthly Heritage Club tournament. I stowed my car in the garage, hit my remote to close the overhead door. At the moment the door finally squealed shut, (I always stand and watch it!) this tune popped into my head ...
“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You'll wish that summer could always be here” ... (thank you, Nat King Cole, 1963).
It was exactly “that” kind of summer day! Hot & humid. Climate change has hit Saskatchewan, get used to it. Cloud cover had rolled in, giving a yellow-gray cast to the late afternoon. Thank goodness for the hedge seperating my summertime glee from any passersby. They may have wondered “is she okay?” A fun afternoon, playing a card game you love has that effect sometimes! Our crib tournament always seems to bring out like minded individuals. My crib partner, Joyce Kattler, and I faired pretty well in our first 6 games. Team ROBB (Kathy & Anne) stole no points from us! Joyce & I should have skipped coffee & muffins. The bottom fell out of the bucket after that! Once again, Claire and Lies VanMarion ended the day in 1st place! I wonder which of this pair carries the lucky horseshoe, and in which pocket! The VanMarion's won a total of $22. Eldeen Boehmer and Eleanor Wilson matched up and pegged up when they needed to and latched onto a second place win, for $7 each. My crib partner, Joyce K., and I pocketed $4 each, and 3rd place honours. Such fun! A mere 6 sleeps later, on July 16, I got to spend an afternoon playing our club version of Hand & Foot Canasta. No tune in my head this day, as I made a beeline from from my garage to this laptop computer and a submission deadline to meet! Oh wait, there is a tune in my head afterall ... “We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.”, thank you, Jerry Reed (1977) !! Although we don't pay out any prize money for our monthly Canasta event, at $2 for members and $4 for non-members, we never seem to lack for players. Ellen Varley and Marge Burgess found “the hump” in middle ground today, rode the wave and coasted into first place. Once Anne Robb and Judy Woidyla got by their first game, the gals found the right hook and bait, snagging 2nd place. Liz Mayer & Joyce Kattler found seven red 3's in one game, giving them all the bonus needed into third place (500 points). So, now I want to tell you about the strangest game, ever!! Proof that no one controls the cards, ever! Coffee/lunch break is over, meld for this game is 150 points. My partner, Joy Inouye and I are starring at Pinkie Friesen and Eleanor Wilson. For the entire game, no one got to pick up the discard pile, and not a one of us even got to see our “foot”, and we played through the entire deck! Joy and I scored a total 3405 points that game, while Pinkie and Eleanor scored 4155. Card games are like that sometimes, but with a total of close to 300 age years between the 4 of us, we all declared that the strangest game ever!! We play again August 20.
By the time you read this commentary on the happenings at Indian Head Heritage Club, our farewell supper gathering bidding goodbye, to our most recent, past President, Jackie Mohr, will be in the history books. Many Members, Executive and Directors enjoyed our fellowship and great food, at China Gardens Restaurant, on June 19. We reminiscenced, told a story or two, recounted card games, chatted about our many workshop sessions, regular activities and how many things have changed not only for our club, but Indian Head in general. Jackie is a born leader, and during her time with us, she introduced many new activities and events. She spent hours and hours organizing and promoting our events and activities, many more hours and thoughts applying for grants, chairing meetings, leading our Forever in Motion exercise sessions, making coffee and washing dishes, stacking chairs and moving tables! Jackie is going to missed, no doubt about it!! Jackie Mohr is moving to Biggar Sk. ... where their signpost reads “New York is Big, but this is BIGGAR”!! I'm betting dollars to “Bart's donuts” she is going to miss us every bit as much as we will miss her! Sincere best wishes, Jackie, as your life adventure continues down another path ... with gratitude and sad hearts, Adieu! Fare Thee Well, dear friend. Our monthly cribbage tournaments will continue throughout the summer (thank you Claire VanMarion!!), every second Tuesday of the month, each and every month. Twenty registered and played their hearts out on June 12. Waving a banner high and pleased as peaches, Laura DeVocht and Gale Erickson finally found the cards they needed. The ladies lost their first 3 games, but skunked and won the remaining ones, each cashed in on $13 bucks for top prize. Audrey Lyke and Allen Braithwaite stumbled just once, picked up and carried on into second place, stashing away $9 each. It was a great race into the winners circle, for Lies and Claire VanMarion who snuffed Joyce Kattler and myself out of the race by a mere peg!! The winsome couple stashed away another $7 each.
June fun continued with our monthly, rain or shine, Canasta afternoon on June 18. We may have been small in numbers at just sweet 16 ... but oh my, the chatter, and laughter was high on the decibel level!
Sad to say, we are also bidding farewell to Shannon McIvor (employee of Tubman Funeral Home) as she tries on a different pair of boots and heads west to the Rockies at the end of summer. Although not a member of our club, (where age does have some benefits!), Shannon's love of cards and people brought her out to play many times. Our sincere best wishes young lady, and thanks for the memories! We are all going to miss your “sunny side up” attitude, infectious laughter and AAA personality. Be safe and happy as you explore another trail, or blaze a brand new one! A drum roll, please ... for team Joyce Kattler and Eleanor Wilson ended up in 1st place, followed by Ellen Varley and Laura DeVocht, a nose behind we see Kathy Kish and Judy Woidyla finishing the afternoon in 3rd place. And, bringing up the rear, Pinky Friesen and Linda Orban. We play again, Monday, July 16... mark your calendar, call me before I call you to get in on a fun afternoon.
It's certainly been a very busy spring at the Heritage Club! Our flooring project is complete and looks amazing!! We send a heartfelt thank you to the young men in the photo above, our Indian Head Broncs football team. A couple of the team's coaches were also there to lend a hand, but they were camera shy. The handsome men used their young muscles & strong backs to move our chairs, tables and furniture items out of our club building, then back again, a week later. A tip of our hat also goes to Brad Stenberg and Nicole Smith of 2S Auctioneers for the loan of their cargo trailer and warehouse to store everything in while we were under renovation. Many thanks to Brad for all “the other little things” he helped with along the way. Our club member, Walter Clark, orchestrated and supervised this part of the undertaking for us. Walter's plan sure made the whole renovation project go a lot smoother and quicker for our contractor, Dave Kilbach and his crew. Removing the old flooring was a challenge, for it was a tad stubborn, but Dave and his guys gave it their all, had the blisters to prove it, and won the battle. Laying of the new floor went very quickly and my, oh my, we are all so very pleased with our new look and feel. We also appreciate the time and efforts of many of our members who lent a hand doing all the small jobs associated with our renovation... Laura DeVocht, Jackie Mohr, Judy Woidyla, Les Radcliffe, Len Sereda, to name a few. A warm thank you to a special friend, Kadince Ball, who volunteered a couple hours, on a Sunday afternoon, to help us check and change out “the feet” on 100 chairs! Linda Serson put the smell of spring back in our building with a thorough cleaning job when all was said and done. Thank you to all I have named, and those unnamed, for proving, yet again, that the spirit of community and helping others is indeed alive and well in Indian Head.
Now, on to a fun event that so many enjoy – our monthly Cribbage Tournament, May 8. Twelve folks came out to shuffle the decks and play the game. My partner, Joyce Kattler, and I had the worst day ever! We only won one game all afternoon and only then by a couple of pegs. We came up against Gale Erickson and Doug Sweeny for our last two games of the day (just the way the draw went). Oh my, the pair skunked us bad the first game by 56 pegs, and then had the nerve to do it again in our second game by 40 pegs!! That's just the way things go sometimes! The dynamic duo/husband and wife team, Claire and Lies VanMarion, again, captured first place and took home a total of $22. I wonder what this pair are saving up their “egg money” for? Liz Mayer and Allen Braithwaite had a great afternoon and settled nicely into second place with $8 each. And of course, Gale Erickson and Doug Sweeny, (aided by Joyce Kattler & Janice Gooding) landed in third place and pocketed $6 each.
The fun continued on Victoria Day, (May 21) when 24 came out to play an afternoon of Hand and Foot Canasta. A lot of versions of this card game exist, many are “Family Specific House Rules” passed down through the generations. It's rather fun to hear of the quirks and tweaks throughout the decades. To our tables and “house rules” this afternoon, we welcomed, Dayle Bowman and Carolyn & Jim Weikum. Oh my, by the end of our first game it became evident that all three knew “the game”, and had good partners leading the way. Shortly after 4 PM, teams finished their last game of the day. At the winning end of the stick - Ellen Varley and Dayle Bowman with beginners luck or a good teacher (let them figure that out!) and a couple thousand points behind, Dora Nichols and Laura DeVocht grabbed second place. Biting at their heels, Ed Kanto (who recently blew out 89 candles on his birthday cake!) and partner, Gale Erickson, declared ... life is good and what a fun afternoon! Every 3rd Monday afternoon of the month is Canasta Day. Come, join in, have some fun!
Our monthly cribbage tournament was well attended by 24, light hearted, fun loving folks on April 10. Play got underway at 1:00 p.m. with some teams scoring big points in the first game, while others just dawdled along. My partner, Joyce Kattler, and I suffered a sound defeat in the first round. Oh well, on to round two, and up against Joyce's son, Ken Kattler and partner, Les Radcliffe. On Ken's turn to deal, he shuffled the deck, then gave the cards “The P & H Poke”. We all had quite the laugh over that move. It turned out that he had dealt himself an awesome hand, scoring 20 points! So, not to be outdone by her son, Joyce shuffles the cards next, and gives the cards “The P & H Poke”. Good grief, she never even scored one point for us! Apparently, there is a trick to that little manoeuvre!! We all enjoyed another fit of laughter. Three teams ended the day with 6 points each, so then scoring goes to the number of pegs. That put Joyce Kattler and I in first place with a total of 109 pegs. We each received $15 and this months bragging rights. Laura DeVocht and Joy Inouye ended the afternoon with 109 pegs and pocketed $12 each. Hot on their heels, and just a few pegs less, Liz Mayer and Dorothy Bartley were happy with their $8 win. By the time you are reading this, our new flooring project should be in the finishing stages. We are all super excited for the renovation to be completed and to see the transformation.
INDIAN HEAD, WE THANK YOU! Our March 12 New Flooring Fundraiser held at China Garden Restaurant was a resounding success. To each and every person who purchased tickets, we thank you for your kind support. To Ely Lau and staff at China Garden, thank you for a fabulous job and working with us on this event. For their generous cash donation, we thank: Highway #1 Towing, the awesome Merk Family also bought 8 tickets to come dine with us! To our one and only, Dr. Brian Baker, what a gem you are, thank you! To the Indian Head District Lions Club, wow!, please shake the hand or hug a Lion's member for us! To several folks who wished to be “anonymous”, we thank you all immensely! Huge thanks to everyone who purchased a card from the deck (or several!) for our 50/50 draws. The lucky winners were: Hilda Biden, Gwen Johner, Pinkie Friesen (with the Ace of Spades no less!!) and Judy Priddell. Winner of the 1 Year Membership Certificate to our Heritage Club was Ben Orban. Ben's wife, Linda, says, “thanks, sweetie!” Linda is a member of our club and enjoys our exercise programs and card games. The winner of $25 scratch and win lottery tickets was John Mish. I hear tell, that John won enough to take his lovely wife, Lillian, out to lunch, but only if they share their sandwich & cuppa' tea! The Indian Head Heritage Club is so very grateful for the care and support shown to us! The very next day, March 13, we got down to “funny business”, as 20 people came out to play in our monthly cribbage tournament. Some days your hot, and other days you're not! They didn't win a new car, but Claire and Lies VanMarion did take home $26 as winners! Just a smidge behind them, Laura DeVocht and Kathy Robb each won $8. Alma Kelln & Linda Orban found the cards they needed to cinch 3rd place and each won $6. A mere 6 days later, we switched to hand & foot canasta and had a great afternoon with 20 joining in. Either spring is in the air, or someone let the monkeys out!! What fun we had trying to manipulate the cards in our favour, grabbing the discard pile, or getting a second Joker canasta. We welcome newcomer, Nancy Procyk, to our afternoon of fun. Nancy proved she was “acquainted” with the game as she and partner, Kathy Kish, snagged first place. Hot on their heels and diving for home plate, Lorne Scott and Doug Sweeny had to settle for 2nd best, a mere 160 points off ... a grudge match in the making? Third place goes to Laura DeVocht and Liz Mayer who had decent, middle of the road games. Their score “beats the tar” out of my partner, Eleanor Gares and I. Poor Eleanor and I should never have taken a coffee break, for it was all a down hill mess after that! To each person who answers my last minute, desperate phone calls when “I need 1 more player” .. I thank you! The Heritage Club Annual Meeting will be held April 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm, at our building located at 505 Otterloo St. We truly are Seniors on a Roll, and we thank you for keepin' the ball rollin'!
Well, we have certainly started into 2018 on a very somber note. Our community has had to say farewell to an extraordinary number of residents since Christmas. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the family's and friends grieving for loved ones and the ties that bound them together. I am also sorry to say a great number of people have been laid low and very ill with various forms of serious “flu bugs” since Christmas time. Only twelve came out for our monthly crib tournament on January 9. All was going well as far as card games go, for some of us. Unfortunately, we had to cut our games short by two, when one player was suddenly overcome by a very upset stomach, and felt she could not continue. I drove her home immediately. Life is like that sometimes, and no one was the least bit upset having to end a little early. My partner, Joyce Kattler and I (Janice Gooding) ended in first place and each received $10. I promptly took my $10 and drove to the Grand Theatre for my weekly “Chase the Ace” tickets. I joked with the ticket seller, Irene Hilts, that it was a lucky $10, telling her of my cribbage win. Apparently my luck ran out with the card win because my ticket was not drawn that evening. Liz Mayer and Claire VanMarion were next in the winners circle. The gals each took home $6. Finishing in third spot that day were Eldeen Boehmer and Jackie Mohr, they each received $5. Our canasta afternoon, Jan. 15, drew sixteen people out of their homes, across icy streets and sidewalks and by the amount of chatter, we all got caught up on our news. Joy Inouye and Lorne Scott enjoyed some very good games and finished in first place for the afternoon. Joy and Lorne scored an amazing 10,810 points on their last game (meld was 190 points), receiving honours for highest individual game score as well. They managed to get 2 joker canastas, for mega points! A newcomer to our tables, Eleanor Wilson, found a great partnership with Eleanor Gares and together the ladies had a firm grasp on second place. A touch behind, playing to the middle of road all afternoon, Eldeen Boehmer and Pinkie Friesen handled third place rather nicely. As I looked over the score cards from our games this afternoon, I noticed two ladies had a “horrible” last game. Dora Nichols and Kathy Kish had a pretty good score before our fifth game got underway. Then the bottom fell out for them. I'm guessing the ladies came up against the highest scoring team/high point game (Joy Inouye & Lorne Scott, read above again). See you next month ladies! We play again Monday, February 19. Call me around Valentine's Day, to say “Hello darlin'” ... or get your name on my canasta players list.
“Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh. O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way!” This tune has been playing through my head and at times I even sing a few bars! 'Tis the season after all! The Heritage Club was filled with laughter and good cheer when 60 people gathered on December 2 for our Christmas Dinner. Thank you Alice Reynard, and your “Elves” for setting a feast before us. I believe I can state that no one went home hungry, or craving anything else, either. On Dec.12, another cheery crowd of 24 showed up to our monthly crib tournament. They likely had all their shopping done, had enjoyed their grandchildren's Christmas concerts, hockey & ringette games are written on the calendar, family favouite goodies baked, cabbage rolls & perogies made, turkey in the freezer, homes dusted, sparkly clean and seasonally decorated. Or, perhaps, we all just needed a small diversion from the chaos that surrounds the month of December! With a Christmas or two under their belts, and this years' festive preparations completed, Claire and Lies VanMarion settled into a fun afternoon. The pair took home $30 and once again, first place bragging rights. “What fun it is to laugh and sing” with Kenny Kattler and Gloria Karpa as partners! Oh my, this pair sure enjoyed themseves, had a grand afternoon at the card tables and each took home $10. “Jingle all the way” sang the team of Kathy Robb & Judy Woidyla. The ladies held onto third place, and won $9 each. The “Merry” continued Dec. 18 at the Heritage Club, when 20 more townfolk came out to enjoy an afternoon of Hand & Foot Canasta. With “Bells on bob-tail ring” (ing), Dora Nichols and Judy Woidyla got off to a fine trot – the ladies finished their afternoon first in the barn! Coming up short by a mere bucket full of oats, (185 points) Dolly Appleton and I (Janice Gooding) tried our best at “Making spirits bright” and did our share of “Laughing all the way.” A fair way behind us, Liz Mayer and Darlene Kurtz pulled their sleigh to the barn and into the third stall exclaiming “What fun it is to ride and sing”, but that ice is treacherous! And, we don't ever close the door until the last team is home ... Linda Orban and Pinkie Friesen slid to a stop, exclaiming “Well then, “Jingle all the way!!” The Heritage Club isn't all just card playing. A group of sixteen men are sure having fun with their games of snooker at least 3 afternoons each week. Member and organizer, Walter Clark, has done a great job of getting this activity up and going over the past few months. Walter tries hard to pair up skill levels for “the boys”, and mixes up the teams with the goal that everyone enjoys their afternoon out of the house. The group is open to to playing other games as well, such as 101 or 8 ball. Get in touch with Walter if you are interested in playing. We are in the midst of finalizing dates with guest speakers for the coming winter months. Watch for posters around town or keep an eye on our sign board at our building, 505 Otterloo St. May we all enjoy the laughter and love of family and friends through this holiday season. We hope health and happiness lead each of us into a brand new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Indian Head Heritage Club... and I hope I'm not the only one in town with this Christmas Classic on my mind and in my heart. Let your Jingle Bells ring!!
Well my friends, here we are at the tail end of November, already! It's been a busy, fun month at the Heritage Club. We got out our cookbooks, batter splattered recipe cards and cranked up the heat in our ovens. Members turned out some pretty delicious home baked goods which we offered for sale in conjunction with the flu clinic held on November 2. Many thanks to those who donated baking, money or supported us with purchases and coffee/cookie donations. We are pleased “as apple pie with ice cream” to report that our club profitted about $500 through this community service event. Our monthly crib tournament, on November 14 drew 20 happy go lucky souls in from the cold. We did our best to welcome four new people to the tables and trust they enjoyed their afternoon. Thanks for joining us, John and Connie Doege. John and Connie were/are seasonal, summer campers at our Indian Head Campground,. Due to circumstances, they are now our “winter residents” for this year! Indian Head is so lucky!!! Gloria Karpa (newcomer to our crib tournament) partnered with Alma Kelln for this tourney. The ladies received $13 each and bragging rights to first place. I personally think Gloria may be a good luck charm, but Alma sure manages to peg a lot of points in every game! The awesome, twosome, Claire & Lies VanMarion played off each other nicely and took home $18 total. I hear tell this couple play crib daily at home! Hot on their heels, the dynamic duo, Cleo and Nestor Koback had to settle for 3rd place and $7 each. Our next crib tournament will be held Dec. 12 and I can't wait to see what happens next! On November 20, we threw out the welcome mat for two new Canasta players. Well, at least they were new to us! We send a huge welcome to Doug S. and Shannon M.!! By the end of play time it was clear to our regular players that Doug and Shannon knew the game. We sure hope they sign up to play again next month! At the end of five games, Joella Melvill & Marge Burgess ruled the day, with a whopping 40,305 score. Newcomer, Doug Sweeny and “old pro” Joy Inouye captured second place. And, keeping to the high end of middle of the road, Lies VanMarion and Alma Kelln held on to third place, a mere 105 points ahead of fouth place. Dorothy Bartley and Dora Nichols had trouble from the “get go” with finding a meld, let alone wild cards. That happens from time to time! It's a long winter, come out to play!
Well folks, we are well into our “fall” season in Indian Head, Sk. I only mention this fact, because, as I sit to ponder how and what to write this month, I'm watching the last of the leaves falling from “the” tree in my back yard. It's not a spectacular tree by any stretch of the imagination! It's just a tree, that provides shade, windbreak, privacy, seperation, creaky sounds on windy days, a gymnasium for entertaining the curious squirrels, a refuge for birds of all colours, sizes and joyful sounds. I hope I remember these pleasant thoughts as I rake, mulch, tote and get filthy dirty dealing with all these darn leaves this week!! On Oct. 10, sixteen gathered for our monthly crib tournament. It felt odd not having Blanche Randall in our midst. Rest in peace our dear friend, and thank you for the memories. The afternoons' games got underway with zeal, groans and laughter, as usual! Alma Kelln stated she never had a hand with more than 10 points, but exclaimed “my, I sure pegged alot, today!” Alma's partner for the day, Dorothy Bartley, faired a bit better on hand counts. The gal's took home 1st place and $9 each. My partner, Joyce Kattler and I started off like firecrackers ... that fizzled after our coffee break! I still remember one hand I was dealt (before coffee) ... three 7's and an ace ... and an ace is turned up! Oh wow, my first 20 point hand in a very long time! I almost needed a calculator! Joyce Kattler and I each received $6. In 3rd place, Liz Mayer and Eleanor Gares, proved the point ... watch out for the quiet ladies! The pair took home $4 each and I may have seen them buying “Chase The Ace” tickets later. The Bridge players held an organizational meeting this month. Bridge play will begin Mon. Oct 23 with Dora (306)660-8223 holding the reigns till Christmas. Three people, thus far, have asked for lessons. It's in the works! Give us a shout if you are a player, need a new pastime, would like to make new friends, or simply are curious. Our fall/winter sessions of Chair Yoga got underway on Thur. Oct. 12 and feedback is tremendous! Comments range between “I love it”, “feels good”, “only once a week?” and “see you next week”. The Heritage Club welcomed musicians and entertainers, Saskia & Darrel (thegreatplains.ca) on Sat. Oct 14 for a fab-u-lous music event! This husband/wife duo are so very talented and connected with all in attendance with their charisma, panache, stories behind their songs, humour and delightful songs created by THEM. If you couldn't join us, well, we might just have to bring them back, so you get the chance! My fear is that I will wear out the CD I bought, before we manage to have Saskia and Darrel back in Indian Head for another preformance! It's flu season! Once again, the Indian Head Heritage Club is pleased to open our doors to host clinics in our area. We are now fully accessible via our new concrete ramp and shallow steps! Dates are Oct. 27, Nov. 2 (includes our Bake Sale) and Nov. 9 (morning only). Please, call Dolly (306)695-2236 for details and to book your shot. The fun continues this month with good friends and food! Grab your tickets for our STEAK NIGHT FUNDRAISER! On Wed., Oct. 25, the best meal in town will be cooked and served up right, yet again! No dishes to do!! Many heartfelt thanks to The Grand Avenue Inn owners, Claude & Lynne, Manager, Lori Bartsch, the man in control of the grill, Herman, and the best staff/servers this side of “Never Never Land”! We are now about 30 tickets from being sold out! Thank you for your kind and generous support! Contact me (306)537-0590 for your ticket to YUMMY! Remember, only some of us get to be Senior's and what we do now, you get to inherit, later! As you ponder that.... 20 lively seniors arrived to play canasta on Mon. Oct 16. Who let the cat's outside today! “The regulars” welcomed a couple of new faces to the tables today, play began promptly at 1 PM. The “Queen's” ruling the day were Eldeen Boehmer and Judy Woidyla with a conservative score, after 5 games, of 42,770! Slightly behind, Joy Inouye and Alma Kelln slid into second place... and wow, just a 50 point Joker behind, we found Shirley Wass and Dolly Appleton! At least it was a Joker and not a silly 5 point card! Many thanks to all who come out to play and make the third Monday of the month so much more interesting and fun!
The Indian Head Heritage Club held their monthly crib tournament on September 12. Sadly, I cannot report on the shinanigans and hoopla that day, for I was not available to play. I did hear 16 people had a ton of fun. After the last pegs were counted and tally done, Eldeen Boehmer and Jackie Mohr ruled the day. Good job ladies! My personal calendar/date book cleared a touch and I was able to play Canasta on September 18. It was a gorgeous autumn day as I strode thru my yard on my way to pick up my two senior friends and head to the club house. I took mental notes ... dig my carrots, pick my peppers, pull those flower pots, fill my bird feeders, grass still looks awful and there were several “strange birds” I'd never seen before, pecking their way around my yard. The Bird Book is now out, & I am on a mission, a need to find out who/what/where! Back to my canasta afternoon report ... We had 20 come out to play! Thanks Eldeen Boehmer for making the phone calls for me; rounding them up and herding 'em in! Oh my, what a fun afternoon. I counted 8 sets of bare toes (us die hards) while the other 12 pair opted for socks and shoes! Some good, some bad games! My partner Cleo Koback and I were up against Pinky Friesen and Ellen Varley in our fourth game. This duo turned almost every wild card in their favour and I have never seen a wider point spread. I'm glad that paticular game is in the history books! Come 4 PM, Liz Mayer and Joyce Kattler scored highest points, in second place Joy Inouye and Nestor Koback and in third, Darlene Kurtz & Laura DeVocht. Just so you heard it here first ... Lorne Scott was convinced it was going to be a rainy day (because of our weather forcast). His havest was done, he was craving down time and needed to collect a few hugs with friends. He agreed to play conasta this afternoon. In the random card draw, Lorne Scott and Eldeen Boehmer became partners for the canasta afternoon, again! Each one of them complained about “having to carry the other” for the whole afternoon! Apparently, it did not matter, they ended the day with worst score cards, ever. I overheard them joking ... see you next month! We send a big hearty “Welcome Mat” out to our newest member, Audrey Lyke, who recently moved into Hayes Haven. Audrey has family in the immediate area and chose Indian Head as her home, lucky us! We all send hugs and well wishes to our eldest member, Blanche Randall at age 99, for a speedy return from a short hospital stint. This gal knows her crib game and lucky you to be her partner, on any given day. Our building accessibility is now complete with ramp, shallow steps and hand rails. And another point to ponder ... because I write these stories and submit them to our local, family owned newspaper, someone's niece, living in the US, estranged from her family, was able to re-connect with her aunt. The niece knew her aunt lived in Indian Head Sk., loved to play cards and dots were connected through Google and the internet, through my stories. I LOVE dots! See our upcoming event posters in our sign board on our club house, 505 Otterloo St. (opposite Big Way grocery store parking lot). We are seniors on the move, having fun and invite you to join us.
Well gosh, this hot dry summer is going on for longer than many of us woud like! On July 11, sixteen people escaped the heat, for a few hours, enjoying the cool confines of The Heritage Club while they played cribbage, in our monthly tournament. I should secretly set up a video camera to share all the laughter, good natured teasing and banter that goes on! Laura DeVocht and Lorette Schaeffer had some great hands. The gals lost only one game by a few points and walked away with $11 each. The husband and wife team, Lies and Claire VanMarion finished in second place and took home a total of $14. Rounding out the winners circle this month, by just a few pegs, were Eleanor Gares and Liz Mayer each winning $5. The ladies joked they were on their way to buy their Chase the Ace tickets now. On Monday, July 17 a lively group of sixteen women showed up to play hand and foot canasta for the afternoon. We drew cards to determine partners for the afternoon; the games and chatter began immediately! Blanche Randall and I (Janice Gooding) were partners. We did not win all of our games. However, we had consistent decent scores, managed to collect “a red three” canasta during one game and secured a first place finish. Slightly behind us by only 730 points, in second place, Laura DeVocht and Kathy Kish. Joyce Kattler and Joy Inouye had some pretty good point counts and captured third place. We play again on Monday, August 21.
The Indian Head Heritage Club hosted our monthly crib tournament on Tue., June 13. Twenty local people settled in for an afternoon of fun and laughter. Oh sure, there's more than a few good natured mumbles and grumbles when the deck is cut or a hand tossed in with little or no points – that's just part of the game! My partner, Joyce Kattler, and I enjoyed our first game immensely and counted big hands throughout. We ended up skunking our opponents, Alfred Kraft and Allen Braithwaite by a whopping 39 points. However, that glee did not last long for Joyce and I. The cards sure turned around for Alfred and Allen. The men ended up winning the tournament and pocketed $13 each to boot. Some of our most senior members had a great afternoon – Blanche Randall and Eleanor Holden captured second place and $9 each. Alma Kelln and Joy Inouye both wore looks of surprise, as they were handed $6 each for third place. To continue the fun, the Heritage Club was again the scene of a fun filled afternoon of cards, Canasta, on June 19. A mathematical error has changed the scoring somewhat from what was announced at the end of play. Lorne Scott and Judy Woidyla enjoyed themselves immensely as their card hands just seemed to match throughout the afternoon. The pair ended in first place ... although, I did overhear Lorne tell Judy that he was exhausted from carrying her on his back all afternoon! I also heard “thanks for the ride”, as Judy sailed out the door. Joy Inouye and Joyce Kattler had some pretty decent games and ended in second place. Pinky Friesen and Nestor Koback grabbed extra points with a red 3 canasta and locked into third place. On the other end, the cards just simply did not jive this afternoon for Laura DeVocht and Cleo Koback ... oh, well, they quipped “that's the way the cookie crumbles”!! I draw your attention to the photo at the top of my report. Since this picture was taken a month ago, the Heritage Club frontage has had a fresh new coat of paint. We extend our sincere thanks to Darcy Gares for a job well done. Watch for further construction activity this summer as we demolish/re-construct and vastly improve our building accessibility with a ramp, low rise steps and more parking.
The Indian Head Heritage Club was the scene of some intensity on Tuesday, May 9! Sixteen gathered to test their skill, say their prayer's and let Lady Luck do the rest. By a whisker, and just short of winning by “a 15 for 2” ... a one peg point spread (good grief!) ... Eldeen Boehmer and Jackie Mohr left the building with $10 each. Having had some great hands and lots of chuckles along the way, Gale Erickson and Kathy Robb each tucked away $7. And, rounding out 3rd place, proving the middle of road is sometimes the best road – Joy Inouye and Alma Kelln each left with $4. We will continue our once a month Crib Tournaments throughout the summer. We play on the second Tuesday of each
month, no matter your skill level. We help each other count hands and shuffle the cards if need be, chit chat and laughter just comes natural. Then, on the day after Mother's Day, (May 15,) nineteen women and one brave man settled in for an afternoon of Canasta. While the outside temperature cooled and a brief rain shower happened outside – things heated up inside our Indian Head Heritage Club! Eldeen Boehmer unscrambled the letters on the “pick your partner sticks” and won her “Member” entrance fee Toonie back. Joy Inouye and Eleanor Holden averaged 7,709 points over 5 games and gave them the high score of the day. Blanche Randall and I (Janice Gooding) had only one not so good game, and we captured 2nd place for the day. Pinky Friesen and Laura DeVocht struggled throughout the afternoon, but settled nicely into third place standing. I'm a numbers/stats gal and oddly enough, the high and low game scores go to none of the above mentions! Highest scoring game honours go to Joyce Kattler and Cleo Koback – a 9,675 game! Lowest game score, not catching any breaks and not near enough wild cards or ducks in a row, Liz Mayer and Kathy Kish, with a lowly 2,330 points,vowed to be back again next month! Big sigh ... for the cards fall where they may! We play again Monday, June 19 and I note that is the day following Father's Day. I doubt men could out number women ... so, how about this challenge. You contact me before I call you, to play June 19th Canasta, and I will throw your name into the container on my counter, along with a Loonie, and we will draw for a “Call Janice First”winner at our Canasta game on June 19th ... the more the merrier! Ring my phone (306)537-0590.
Heritage Club members Alma Kelln. Jackie Mohr and Cleo Koback are Ready, Set and Go for a game of Cribbage.
Our April 11th Crib Tournament had 20 people arriving in a bit of a rain shower. I had planned to walk that day as I had no passengers to pick up. Instead, I jumped in my car and ran my wipers for the entire 3.5 blocks... silly me! What a wonderful surprise greeted us as we finished our afternoon of fun – bright and warm sunshine had kissed the nasty wind goodbye! I wished I had walked after all! I'm not sure about jinx's, full moon's, stars colliding, lucky horseshoes and all that, but it sure became evident ... the cards fall where they may! Laura DeVocht and Shirley Weisbeck won 7 of their 8 games, just squeaking by their opponents by a few pegs each time. The ladies took home 1st place and $13 each. Ken Kattler and Leonard Helland struggled to find even a win, then skunked three opponents in a row. We sent them out the door with $8 each. Calm, cool and collected, gathering modest wins along their way and grabbing 3rd place, Claire and Lies VanMarion and $5 each. Then, on Easter Monday (April 17), full to the brim with feasts and family, sixteen people arrived to play a lively afternoon of Canasta. Thanks to a rare Monday afternoon off of work, Garth Inouye was able to come play with us. Together with his partner, Eleanor Gares, the pair snagged Top Score. A humble 8,000 points behind, Blanche Randall and I (Janice Gooding) landed in second place. Hot on our heels were Barb Johnson and Linda Serson, in third place. The point difference was minimal, but Blanche and I were blessed with a second Joker Canasta in our last game! This only proves that the cards truly fall where they May! Speaking of May, I am sad to realize our local Elks/Royal Purple, Kathy Robb organizer extraordinaire, are done with twice a month, Friday night Canasta, until the fall. All are welcome to join in on the Heritage Club, once a month Canasta afternoons (third Monday of the month). Please contact me to get on my call list or give me a call and a nudge to organize a Friday night event. If it weren't for volunteers, many of us would be lost and sitting at home alone and lonely. Come join in the fun! Janice (306)537-0590.
Twenty friends and neighbours joined together for an afternoon of fun at the Indian Head Heritage Club's (505 Otterloo St.) monthly crib tournament on March 14. Readers are going to think Joyce Kattler and I, Janice Gooding, are some sort of card sharks ... we won again this month, and took home $13 each. Believe me when I say we had our share of bad hands with zero points .... I remember one particular hand where I counted 1 point for having “the right Jack”! At the Heritage Club we use both a point and a peg system to determine winners – 1 point for a win, 2 for a skunk and 0 for a loss. The winner of the game also logs the peg spread between winner and looser. True, Joyce and I won all eight of our games, which included 2 points for a skunk, a total of 9 points. But, four of those wins were only by a couple of pegs and literally came down to who pegged first. Eldeen Boehmer and Jackie Mohr finished in second place and tucked away $8 each. There was a stir of excitement when Jackie counted a 24 point hand during one game. Rounding out the winners circle that day, in third place, were Dorothy Bartley and Ken Kattler, each taking home $5. Many thanks are extended to Ken Kattler for stepping up at the last minute to fill in for a sudden cancellation. Not only did Ken help us out tremendously, .... he surprised his mother Joyce Kattler all to bits, ... his wife, Kathy, MAY have been glad to have him out of the house for a few hours, ... he got to spread his charm and laughter ... and he won back his $5 entrance fee to boot! On the first day of spring, March 20, we held our monthly canasta afternoon. An awesome group of twenty gathered for the event. By 4:00 PM, the laughter and chatter had died down and the team comprised of Darlene Kurtz and Eldeen Boehmer were declared the winners! The ladies may have been aided by their “Red 3 Canasta” in one game, giving them an additional 500 points! In second place, Laura DeVocht and your's truly (Janice Gooding). Laura and I had a gay old time gathering every Joker we saw and grabbing the pack every time we could. Joyce Kattler and Leis VanMarion slid into third place by a mere 500 point canasta spread. Come on out for our monthly Pot Luck Lunch on Tuesday, March 28 or just come out to listen to what our guest speaker from RBC (Royal Bank) has to tell us about Bank Fraud ( 1:00 PM). Contact me (306)537-0590 or any member for details.
Club Member, Joyce Kattler, plays a 28 point hand. If only the King had been a Jack ...
It may have been Valentine's Day, but there was certainly a “skunky” smell at the Heritage Club during our monthly cribbage tournament. Several teams went down to defeat, more than once, not even making it to the skunk line! My partner, Joyce Kattler, and I took some bad losses, being “skunked” twice by other teams. Then, the cards turned in our favour and we were redeemed. Due to points for wins/losses/skunks and by how many pegs ... Joyce Kattler and I (Janice Gooding) won the tournament and took home $13 each! I'm usually a middle of the road gal and Joyce Kattler has her own ups and downs. In second place, Liz Mayor and Laura DeVocht pocketed $8 each. Allen Braithwaite and Alfred Kraft ended up in last place, but took home $5 each for their efforts. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 16, at our regular drop in cribbage afternoon, Joyce Kattler was sitting in “the lucky chair” yet again, and, once the dealing was done, and cards played, she scored a 28 point hand! If the King had been a Jack, Joyce would have had a PERFECT 29 point cribbage hand. No one could have wiped the smile off Joyce's face for the rest of the afternoon! The February fun continued for the twenty merry souls who came out for our Traditional Hand and Foot Canasta afternoon on Feb. 20. We drew popsicle sticks to determine who our partner was for the afternoon. The sticks spelled out JOKERS WILD, and Jackie Mohr was the first to unscramble the letters and win a small prize. Getting into their foot proved to be a difficult task for several teams, yet other teams managed to collect 2 wild card canasta. At the end of play, Joy Inouye and I were “Queen's” of the afternoon and ahead of the second place team (by 4,095 points) comprised of Dorothy Bartley and Judy Woidyla. Hot on their heels, in third place, by a mere 70 point spread, were Kathy Kish and Alma Kelln. Fun February continues at the Heritage Club on Tuesday, Feb 28! Come for pot luck lunch with a contribution for our tastebuds and play cards all afternoon for FREE! Those present will determine what card games are played ... perhaps a foursome of bridge, joined by a rowdy crowd of crazy rummy and a team of cutthroat canasta players, and I can hear the laughter if a team of “500 players” show up! If pot luck isn't your style, come out for just cards ... cost then is $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Our membership is just $25 per year and for that you can attend any regular club sponsored card event, exercise program, pool game, computer class or special guest speaker program for $2 per session (unless otherwise posted) ... and enjoy a discount on hall usage for personal family events. Join us as we strive to Educate, Energize and Entertain adults, not just our fabulous Indian Head seniors. By The Way (BTW) ... I'm bringing MY corn chowder soup to the pot luck on Feb. 28 and yep, it does have a twist!
To kick off 2017 the Heritage Club hosted their monthly Crib Tournament on January 10. We welcomed two new players to the event and enjoyed playing twenty questions with them while we all got acquainted. Allen Braithwaite and Alfred Kraft had good luck with the cards and took home first place. Jackie Mohr and newcomer, Gale Erickson, had a firm hold on second place while Eleanor Holden and Leonard Helland placed at the bottom of the bucket. On Jan. 16, twenty people sat down to an afternoon of Traditional Canasta. We drew cards to determine what table and partners for the afternoon, and we said howdy to two more new players! Low and behold, Laura DeVocht and Judy Woidyla are thanking their lucky stars they ended up partners, for the ladies ended up in First Place. After 5 games, a mere 360 points difference, Joyce Kattler and Liz Mayer grasped second place. And ta da, finally, Janice Gooding (me) and partner Marge Burgess came in third. Feels so good to be in the winners circle, for I am truly a middle of the road gal! (Future partners be aware!) We added a twist to our Traditional Canasta afternoon – 500 points for a Red 3 Canasta (7 Red Three's) ... Eldeen Boehmer and Darlene Kurtz (newcomer, at last) managed the feat twice! We will play Canasta again Feb. 20! Our guest speaker presentation regarding Living Wills entitled “My Voice” takes place this Saturday morning (Jan. 21) and I'm sure we can squeeze in a couple more people. If you would like to attend, please call Janet (306)695-3674. We are Seniors, we are Progressive, we are Eager to Learn and we have Fun... computer classes for beginners and beyond are just starting. Call Judy (306) 695-2175 if you want to learn e-mail, how to see and talk to your family for free, what is a Dropbox, where did my pictures go, is Facebook safe, and so much more.
I know I'm not the only one that is grateful the nasty cold and blustery weather is finally over (for now)! The Heritage Club wishes to acknowledge and say thank you to Sask Lotteries for their financial contribution to enhance and outfit our snooker/pool and dart board areas. Our seniors are sure enjoying the opportunities to socialize, share stories, friendships and a little teasing every now and again. Forty nine brave and hearty Heritage Club members and guests gathered for a Christmas celebration of fabulous food, friendship and light hearted entertainment on Dec 6. Our monthly crib tournament on Dec 13 drew 16 players in from the cold. Claire and Lies VanMarion reigned supreme and took home a $20 bill. Happy as larks in second place, were Eldean Boehmer and Jackie Mohr and the ladies slit $12. With not a single win to their credit, Liz Mayor and Laura DeVocht took it all in stride, joking with each other and asking “is 0 X 8 games, still 0, ... or has it changed”. What a pair!! The twosome got in their last laugh as they walked away with $4 each in their pockets! The Canasta players gathered on Dec. 19, and played five games of lively, and at times trying, hand and foot canasta. With a big finish ... and a broken back from carrying a partner through every game ... Eldean Boehmer and Lorne Scott finished in first place. (You will have to ask, who carried whom!) Catching a few jokers every now and again, Eleanor Gares and Marge Burgess captured second place. Hot on their heels were Cleo Koback and Joyce Kattler, for third place. If you want in on all the fun and laughter, we will play again on January 16. From the members of the Heritage Club, Merry Christmas to one and all and may your New Year be filled with health and happiness. Hugs for Seniors!
So, twenty lively and fun people gathered together on Monday, Nov. 21 for an afternoon of Traditional Hand and Foot Canasta at our club house. I wonder how many of them found themselves in a “Catch 22” situation as I did, in fact, a couple of times! A dilemma existed – if I pick up the pile, I risk not getting into my “foot”!! According to Google, a “Catch 22” is “a no-win situation”! Perfect, now I know why I was not in the winner's circle!! For some people, Games of Chance like card games, board games, slot machines, dice games and even bingo, are not so much about the winning, as about the fun trying to get there! At the end of this particular afternoon, in top spot, we found Edwin (Ed) Kanto and Nestor Kilback, and a long ways behind, but still wearing a smile were the teammates Eleanor Gares and Lorne Scott, and hot on their heals, Ellen Varley and Judy Woidyla. So, did I learn a lesson here? Yes, I believe I did, and it goes like this ...“pay your money, take your chances, and win or loose, it's all about the fun!” Have I peaked your interest, want in on the fun? A couple of us have stepped up to the plate, and are willing to teach others to play either Canasta or Crib and by the way Pinky Friesen is trying to find players for the card game “500” in the new year, perhaps playing once or twice a month. Give me a call at 306-537-0590 and let the fun begin.
The Indian Head Heritage Club held it's monthly Crib Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Eight teams came out and from all the hooting, hollering and laughter, everyone had a good time. I believe, some days, we could challenge the daycare children on the noise level meter!! And, wouldn't you know it, our two most senior members, Blanche Randall and Alma Kelln took home top honours and $20!! That twosome is hard to beat... trust me, I have tried! Runners up for the day, just a few points off, were Eleanor Holden and Liz Mayer for $14. Last place, but still grabbing $8, were the dynamic duo, Cleo and Nestor Koback. Now, I must tell you, of a particularly interesting “crib hand” that was held this day by Laura DeVocht. For the non-crib players, Laura dealt the round, therefore, held the extra “crib hand” which is comprised of one card cast off into the “crib hand” from each player at the table. When she flipped the cards over at the end of the round, low and behold, there were two 7's and two 8's and the face up card was an 8 ... giving her a total count of 20, in her crib hand!! You may want to rub shoulders with Laura, or team up with her and play next month with us ... for me “Que Sera Sera”!
You just know it's going to be a great day when your feet hit the floor and the first thought that crosses your mind is ... it's Crib Tournament Tuesday! Granted, the other 19 people that came out to the Heritage Club on September 13 may not have had that thought, but I did! It's a noisy place some days between the banter, teasing, chatter and prayers that include “Lord, I sure need a cut!” That is “Cribbage talk” meaning, “I've got nothing unless you turn up one specific card!” At the end of the day the sibling team of Liz Mayer and George Poitras were victorious ($25), and just a breath away were Eldeen Boehmer and Jackie Mohr ($15). We wish better luck next time to the bottom end, Blanche Randall and Alma Kelln ($10). It costs $5 per person to play, plus $1 for coffee and home baked treats, come find us on the second Tuesday of every month.