Join the Granby Cribbage Club

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Cribbage Club members at play at the Senior Center. Submitted photos

Play a fun game created in the 1630s that will sharpen your wits and meet new people in our community. The club meets at the Granby Senior Center on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. and on Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m. Since its inception in March 2019, a variety of players have attended the club meetings including an 11-year-old, a Granby police officer, and players from Bloomfield, East Granby, Granby, Hartland, Simsbury, Windsor and Windsor Locks. 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 that was created by English poet Sir John Suckling. Cribbage, based on the English game Noddy, 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 both myself and fellow patients 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 me at