The Heartland Games For Active Adults got underway on Friday with bridge players spending an enjoyable day at Tanglewood. Players received their Heartland Games t-shirts upon arrival and enjoyed coffee and donuts compliments of Hometown America. Thanks to Jan Carbaugh for preparing the coffee. A complimentary lunch was included courtesy of the Heartland Games sponsors; Newsom Eye, Edward Jones/Alan Holmes, Turner Furniture, Florida Hospital, VITAS Healthcare and Drs. Thakkar & Patel.
Tournament director Pat Reich was happy with the fact that the day ran smoothly and noted that all of the players were “so sweet.” Players came from Wauchula, Lake Placid, Avon Park and Sebring, many for the third year in a row. Mike Sharkey, one of only two men participating, says the day was a win/win for him. He met new people and had a chance to play one of his favorite games. Not only that, he earned a gold medal for his efforts. Other Tanglewood players going home with gold were Judy Mackowiack and George Vermette.
Pat Reich agreed to coordinate the next Heartland Games Bridge Tournament which has already been booked for February 21, 2019.
On Thursday, February 8, euchre will take over the main hall and on Saturday the 10th and February the 11th, Tanglewood will host the Heartland Games pickleball tournament. On February 16, mah jongg players will descend on Tanglewood to play in the main hall.