By VINCE TROIA
If you are feeling “crib curious,” the Nashville Cribbage Club is hoping to hear from you.
Approaching its 15th year of hosting gatherings around a cribbage board, the club is always looking to expand and add members to its ranks as it hosts games on Tuesdays at two well-known eateries in Bellevue. While some gamers are seasoned vets, the club encourages newcomers to cribbage as well.
“We are a very casual group, and we’re totally free,” said Diane-Romelle Fay, the club’s ‘head of operations.’
“If you have never played before and want to learn, we love to teach, so that’s no problem.”
However, since the conversations can get a little spicy, Fay keeps the group made up of adults only. Or at least folks that “won’t be offended when hearing a swear word,” she says.
The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Pizza Perfect, and at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at City Limits Café. Both restaurants are on Clofton Drive, just off Old Harding Pike.
The day games are a recent addition to the club calendar and Fay wondered how many folks would
show up initially.
“I’m always surprised at the amount of people that come out for the daytime meets,” she said. “Sometimes it surpasses the numbers of the night games.”
In September, the club will be celebrating 15 years of in Bellevue. Two folks showed up to play in
September 2004 when Fay, who grew up in a cribbage-playing household in the San Francisco Bay Area, was “jonesing” for a game. She had placed an ad in a local newspaper to get the party started.
The group, now nearly two dozen members strong, consists of men and women, with a wide range of ages and professions. There’s a retired Latin teacher, physics professor, and jazz singer, to name a few.
And if you know little about cribbage, it’s not a problem. If you know about having fun, you are more than qualified. Cribbage is an old card game that uses a board with pegs to keep score. Players are dealt six cards, and after some deliberation, two cards are sacrificed to the “crib.” And from there the fun begins, Fay says.
Anyone still crib curious should drop by on any of the Tuesdays and ask for Fay.