By Christine Flaherty
The weather was glorious when 28 Ridgerunners got off the bus in Greenville. After an enjoyable afternoon exploring this charming city, the group gathered for dinner at Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood Restaurant. Who knew Ridgerunners would find delicious New England fare in South Carolina? Dinner was followed by a wonderful performance by The Paul Taylor Dance Troupe.
The next day began with a tour of Greenville. Some went on to visit to the Greenville County Museum of Art, considered the premier American art museum in the South and home to the largest public collection of paintings by Andrew Wyeth. The culinary highlight of day two was a Chef’s Table Tour to three of Greenville’s favorite eateries.
Day three featured a visit to two plantation homes in the Pendleton Historic District. At Woodburn we heard about the inhabitants and their lifestyles from a descendant of one of the original owners.
“We all had a wonderful time,” exclaimed Deb Homer, one of the tour leaders, which included Judi Schoeler and Marti Conness. “Even the down time was fun,” Marti offered. Ridgerunners chatted, laughed and enjoyed getting to know one another better over food, wine, and exploration.
Ridgerunners play party bridge
Ridgerunners goes beyond programs, events, and travel. It also sponsors bridge groups and book clubs. There are two bridge groups, party bridge and duplicate bridge. The party group welcomes individuals of all skill levels. Players need only have an understanding of the game. It is played year-round on the first and third Tuesdays of the month and provides an excellent way to improve your skills and socialize. Pat Mason, co-leader for party bridge, commented, “It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and everyone has a good time.” One meeting each month is at Fuego for a day of bridge, lunch, and margaritas. For more information about party bridge, Ridgerunners members can call Pat Mason at (404) 379-0126 or Norma Collins at (404) 408-7380.
And duplicate bridge too
The duplicate bridge group meets throughout the year on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Started by Donna Bernstein nearly 20 years ago, it is relaxed group. Although they play duplicate, complete with boards for each hand, it’s for fun and master’s points are not awarded.
The group is made up of intermediate to advanced players. In duplicate all east/west and all north/south teams play identical hands – to see which team can play the matched hands with the highest score. “Even if you have never played duplicate, if you have bridge experience, you will fit in just fine,” explained co-leader Peggy Anderson.
Individuals must sign up in advance and need a partner, but the coordinators will match new players if requested. For more information about duplicate bridge, Ridgerunners members can call Peggy Anderson at (706) 579-1708 or Cinda Brown at 706) 268-1027.
New members to both bridge groups are always welcome. Players are not committed to a schedule and are free to play as frequently as they like.
If you would like to join Ridgerunners for the next club year and get in on all the action, informational brochures will be available in the Postal Facility in August.