Join the Granby Cribbage Club

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Play a fun game created in the 1630s that will sharpen your wits and introduce you to meet new people in the community. The cribbage club meets at the Granby Senior Center Fridays at 1 and 6 p.m. Since its inception in March a variety of players, including an 11-year-old sixth grader, a Granby police officer, and players from Bloomfield, East Granby, Hartland, Simsbury, Windsor, and Windsor Locks attend meetings. A number of the participants are familiar with the game, having learned the game from grandparents or other relatives, while others come to learn. No previous game experience is necessary to participate.

Cribbage is a card game created by English poet Sir John Suckling. Based on the English game Noddy, cribbage develops strategy, counting skills, interpersonal skills, and problem solving skills. Points are scored for card combinations that add up to 15, and for pairs, triples, quadruples, runs and flushes. The objective of the game is to be the first player to score a target number of points, typically 61 or 121. Scores are kept on a cribbage board. After suffering a stroke in 1989, I turned to cribbage to help fellow patients and myself to overcome a number of issues related to long-term hospitalization. The game promotes mental sharpness and cognitive improvement.

The club is looking to expand its membership and invites anyone interested in playing or learning the game to attend. Two to four player cribbage boards and cards are available. For more information contact club coordinator Robert Coughlin at