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.
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.