Cribbage is one of those beloved card games that have remained virtually unchanged over the centuries.
The game’s invention in the 1800s is credited to the English poet Sir John Suckling.
According to John Aubrey, a 17th-century writer, Suckling modified an even older game called Noddy.
Noddy, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, means a fool or simpleton. But in this instance, it is the name given to the Knave of the suit turned up at the start of the game.
Like Suckling’s cribbage, Noddy was played for counters, or points scored for card combinations that add up to a certain number.
Cribbage is played with a deck of cards, and a scoring board – a flat wooden board drilled with a series of holes on which the score is kept with pegs.
Interestingly, cribbage was a favourite among U.S. submariners during World War II, serving as the official pastime for those long ocean voyages.
Today, cribbage remains one of the most popular games in the English-speaking world, and is a staple of family gatherings, clubs, and of course, neighbourhood tournaments.
Saturday, June 11 will see Airdrie Public Library (APL) host our first in-person seniors' cribbage tournament in two years. Held from 1 to 4 p.m., seniors are invited to enjoy some friendly competition and prizes, including a door prize for all participants, as well as refreshments and snacks. Register online, by phone, or in person to take part in the tournament. Everyone is welcome to drop in for the afternoon and socialize.
Hopefully, there will be a few 29s during the tournament – the highest possible scoring hand in cribbage.
Be the first one to peg out and win a prize!
Also happening at APL next month: Join us for a presentation called Discover Glenbow Ranch on June 7. Presented by archeologist and author Shari Peyerl, the session will begin at 7 p.m. Peyerl will discuss her new book – Alberta’s Cornerstone: Archaeological Adventures in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca.