Since moving in to our Del Webb community, Mary Ann and I learned to share many activities but there are some activities we both do on our own.
One activity Mary Ann enjoys is the ladies card games, especially something called Hand and Foot. It is kind of like playing Canasta I have heard.
There is a large group that plays at our clubhouse, but Mary Ann plays with a group of ladies on our street and they take turns playing at each other homes, usually playing for several hours the same day each week. It seems like Thursdays are the hot card game day of the week in our community. The group is either 4 or 6 and they play as partners of two. The regular schedule makes it easy.
Mary Ann says it’s good mental exercise but I suspect it is the social aspect that the players enjoy the most. Mary Ann always comes home with a bit of neighborhood news. Coffee and snacks are served.
Other benefits of playing Hand and Foot with this group is that it keeps you in contact with your neighbors. When we were new to the community, it was a great way to really get to know your neighbors.
These types of card games are going on almost every day of the week throughout the community and at the clubhouse. Just because I give the example of the ladies card game, it in no way implies men don’t play. There are plenty of men playing card games and not just poker. Anyone can just show up at the clubhouse when any card or table game is on the schedule and be included. If it’s just you, you will have no problem finding partners to play with. It fact it’s a great way to meet people and find new friends.
As far as popularity, I would guess that card and table games are enjoyed by more people than any other activity at a 55+ active adult community. It’s easy to learn, to find people to play with and you can play all year long.
To give you an idea of how popular card cards are, just looking at our schedule this month, here are some of the card games scheduled (not even counting the many table games).
- Shanghai Rummy is a card game for 3 – 8 players. In some parts of the country, it is called May I?. It is a version of Contract Rummy consisting of a series of rounds.
- Duplicate Bridge Club, Rusty Bridge Club, Contract Bridge Club
- Double Deck Pinochle Group
- Hand and Foot has been a huge hit in our community. If you are in an existing Hand and Foot Player and just can’t get enough OR you would like to join others in the fantastic game similar to Canasta, join this group and let’s get started with some more Hand and Foot!!
- The Men’s Poker Group meets every Tuesday in the clubhouse lounge. A third table has been added so there’s now space for more players.
- Hearts Group
- Co-Ed Texas Hold’em Group
- Spades Group
- Euchre Card Game Club
- Daytimers Texas Hold’em Group
If you don’t see a card game you would like to play, you can just start a group.