WALTON COUNTY SNOWBIRDS: According to Hoyle and the snowbirds

Debra Wynn
Walton Sun

Walton County Snowbirds know about fun and games. Bridge, Euchre, Hand and Foot, Poker, and Mah-Jongg are played weekly.

Bridge happens at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church from 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A $2 per person/session charge covers prizes, supplies, a donation to the church, and year-end celebration goodies. “Chicago bridge” rules are available at each of the five to eight tables. Andy and Kay Lynch invite new players to join friendly, patient, helpful returnees.

Eight to 10 rounds of turn-up Euchre, U.S. rules, are played Mondays from 6-9 p.m., also at SRBCC. Ed and Linda Foster structured play ensuring that a remix of people play together each evening. For a $2 fee, you might be one of six high scorers winning prize money (or one of two lowest-scoring participants getting a refund). Nearly 70 players registered for this season.

One Friday afternoon last season, 90 people met at Acme Oyster House for Hand and Foot. This “canasta on steroids” game is popular in various locations, so printed sets of rules specific to the WCS group are provided, as are all supplies. No fee is charged, but most opt to start at noon with lunch and socializing. Carol Staiger reports “newbies” are welcome and seated with experienced players for help learning the game, which often happens after only one round.

You can bet (only nickel/dime) on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 5:45 p.m. at Seascape Conference Center at the WCS/Destin Snowbirds Poker games. The $1 fee per person/session is given to the center as thanks for facility use. Ron Bird encourages even those who might come a bit late to give this co-ed group of 20-25 a try.

Cards for Mah-Jongg, played with tiles and by American rules, list sequences needed to complete hands. Tammy Stelling says bring your own 2019 card and tiles if you can, but don’t let a lack of them stop your participation. Join the six to eight four-person tables Friday from 1-4 p.m. at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church. Tammy has some cards available for $8 each, a teacher is available to help with rules and learning, and tile sets can be located. Suggested donation per person/session of $1 is given to the WCS scholarship fund.

Fun and games equal casinos. If you enjoy visiting them, register for one or all three Biloxi trips offered this season. Twenty dollars covers bus fare, $20 in free play money, and half off at the buffet. A movie is shown on the return trip. The bus leaves The Track on U.S. 98, Destin, at 8 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. and affords comfort for the three-hour ride. Forty to 50 slots per trip fill quickly.

Contact information available at www.waltoncountysnowbirds.

The 2019-2020 Walton County Snowbird season is off and funning!

Debra Wynn, whose other home is in Connecticut, is looking forward to her fifth year as a Walton County Snowbirds’ member.