by Lisa Tome
As a long standing commissioner in Perryville, Barbara Brown carries her town-issued cell phone everywhere. Make that almost everywhere.
Last week, Brown left her phone at home to attend an important social event.
"The town cell phone is home. I'm playing cards," laughed Brown.
She was one of more than 50 people who turned out at the Principio United Methodist Church house on Thursday, October 10 for a luncheon and card games.
"It's fun. We're playing hand and foot. You can play and there is little concentrating. You can have a conversation. We play here and at St. Mark's. We play at St. Stephen's in Cecilton," said Brown.
The church hosts four card game luncheons per year - two spring and two fall, and have done so for the last three years explained church treasurer Doris Sinclair. She said that event, which costs $10 per person, provides support for the church as well as fellowship for the participants.
Church members donate the food - last week's menu included homemade turkey salad and homemade rolls, grapes, cheese, and an array of homemade desserts - including cakes and rice pudding. The members also donate raffle and door prizes - candles, books, dishes, and other household items. Ethel Atkinson chipped in a variety of homegrown African violets that were also given away.
Atkinson was also playing cards, gathering with three friends for an old-fashioned game of 500. She explained how points are earned in the game. "You have to take seven tricks. If you don't, you get a minus score," said Atkinson. She also said she learned the game as a child, playing with her family.
Wayne Feehly of near Perryville was playing pinochle with his friends. "I've been playing it for 50 years. I learned in the Army," said Feehly. "This is time with friends and we bring out friends with us. This is a good day except for the (rainy) weather."
Hazel Porter of Elkton raved about the food. "I don't cook at all. This is absolutely good homemade food. And it's good social time," said Porter.
Principio United Methodist will host their next card game luncheon in April 2014.