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Games and Conversation: Community members gather to play board games

February 21, 2020
Tabitha Johnston - Chronicle Staff , Shepherdstown Chronicle

SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Avid board game players and newbies alike gathered together in Evolve on Tuesday afternoon, ready to enjoy an afternoon of Games and Conversation with each other.

According to Jan Hafer, one of Evolve's co-owners, the idea behind the Games and Conversation event came from another community member, Caroline Ford. Local artist Robin Young took her idea of having a community board game event, and talked with Hafer about it.

"It's like an adults play date, for adults who need to get out," Young said, mentioning she has personally enjoyed the event herself. "I live in a field with all of my animals, so I'm a bit isolated. Activities like this help you to get out and meet people."

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From left, Shepherdstown residents Jan Hafer, Robin Young, Rids Mayan and Caroline Ford play Mexican Train together, during Tuesday’s Games and Conversation event. Tabitha Johnston

Games and Conversation was planned to be a winter series, held for four Tuesdays in a row. This Tuesday was the second of the four events, which are held from 1-4 p.m.

"We're asking people to bring their favorite games to play," Young said, mentioning games intended for a larger group are ideal for the meetings. "Mexican Train is my favorite game, and it's a great game to play with a group of people."

While some of the game players have played Mexican Train before, for others, the game was an experience to learn something new.

"I didn't know whether I was going to come, but I'm glad I did. This is really relaxing," said Shepherdstown newcomer Rids Mayan, who moved to the area for her husband's new job at Procter and Gamble. "I think if you're new to a place and you enjoy meeting people and doing different things, events like these are a really great idea."

After a few more minutes of playing, Mayan won her first game of Mexican Train, and said she looks forward to playing again.

"It was really brilliant -- but it wasn't brilliant because I won," Mayan said. "I was just glad to be able to develop a strategy for a game that I hadn't played before, and it worked for me!"

According to Hafer, many people dislike going to events at nighttime during the winter, so holding Games and Conversation in the afternoons has been a way to provide a social event for them.

"Especially during the wintertime, when people have the time and want to relax and have fun with other people, it's a way to get through the winter," Hafer said.



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