Near & Farr Friends to play Hearts for Valentine’s Day

ONEKAMA — Hearts is a card game for four players and the choice for this week’s Near & Farr Friends meeting on Thursday, since it will be Valentine’s Day.

The game of Hearts originated with a group of related games which became popular in the 1700’s in Spain. Around 1850, a simple variant of Hearts evolved where each heart was worth 1 point. The object of the game is to be the player with the lowest score at the end of the game.

Scoring awards each heart 1 point and the Queen of hearts is worth 13 points. Players attempt to discard their high card, especially high hearts since they have the most points.

The exception is when a player decides to ‘shoot the moon’- that is when a player takes all 13 hearts and the queen of spades in one hand. Instead of losing 26 points, that player scores zero and each of his opponents score an additional 26 points.

If you have never played the game of hearts, please come and learn. Many of those attending will not know the game or have not played it in a long time.

Near & Farr Friends meets from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Onekama Township Hall for fun, games and lectures. Onekama Township Hall is located at 5435 Main St. (M-22). There is no charge to attend the presentation, but donations are always welcome to help fund our program activities.

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