Game Time โ€” A Cottage Tradition

Elbow-to-elbow with a favorite little-seen cousin or family members too often split by conflicting schedules, nothing much beats a mind-bending Scrabble match, spirited checkers tournament or competitive carrom game played on the screen porch.
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Elbow-to-elbow with a favorite little-seen cousin or family members too often split by conflicting schedules, nothing much beats a mind-bending Scrabble match, spirited checkers tournament or competitive carrom game played on the screen porch.

Carrom boards have been an American pastime since the late 1800s, when the Ludington-based company first introduced them (carrom.com). Nearly three dozen different board styles have been produced, and along with a variety of pieces, provide hour after hour of nostalgic, strategic fun.

Pictured here: This 09 Carrom Combination โ€œEโ€ game board was manufactured between 1901 and 1914. Measuring just under 29 inches in diameter, the rare early edition red and green board features checkers on one side and Crokinole โ€” a contest in which players take turns shooting discs across the circular playing surface โ€” on the other.

While card games and cribbage also remain timeless, Eastport-based Education Outdoors (EducationOutdoors.net) produces a selection of inviting vacation games, too, including Sโ€™mores. Designed for up to six players, the object (of course) is to collect all the ingredients and build the perfect sโ€™more before your brother does.

Looking for more vintage fun? Visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum June 5-Sept. 1 to learn the history of games and experience countless kinds, both indoors and out โ€” from vintage pinball to giant chess โ€” all free with general admission (grmuseum.org).

โ€” Tai Alexander, Michigan BLUE Magazine.ย 

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