Farr Friends to host card game, 500 bid, at the Farr Center

ONEKAMA — Five Hundred, or 500, is a trick-taking game that is an extension of Euchre with some ideas from Bridge. The idea was to provide Euchre enthusiasts with a game having greater opportunity for skill, by dealing out the full pack.

It is most commonly played by four players in partnerships, but is sometimes recommended as a good three-player game. It arose in America before 1900 and was promoted by the United States Playing Card Company, which copyrighted and marketed the rules in 1904. It continues to enjoy popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Quebec and Shetland.

Mary Jo McElroy, who recently moved to Onekama from Ohio, will be teaching this game (which is popular in Ohio) at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Participants need not have any card playing experience to attend and learn. It is a great way to get out of the house this winter and to expand one’s mental acuity by learning a new game.

Farr Friends meets every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Farr Center for fun, games and lectures. There is no charge to attend the presentation but donations are accepted to underwrite costs of hosting our speakers.

Farr Friends is a program of the Portage Lake Association (PLA), a group of volunteers who are dedicated to making the Onekama area a great place in which to live, play and stay. Farr Center is located at 5283 Main St. (M-22) in the village.

Watch for posters and announcements on www.Onekama.info and Facebook at “1, Onekama, Michigan.”

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