By HVFC Auxiliary
(November 3, 2022)—On Tuesday evening, October 25, 2022, the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary hosted its Annual Military Whist Game at the Firehouse.
After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, members were ready, willing, and anxious to enjoy the evening.
So, you might wonder, “What is Military Whist?”
Military Whist is a highly organized and structured card game, similar to Setback. We can have up to 25 tables of 4 players each (the fire code in the community room allows for a maximum of 100 people seated at tables.) The players, in pairs, rotate around the room from table to table in a specific order after each hand is played.
Auxiliary members serve refreshments snacks, small sandwiches, crackers and cheese, fruit, cut-up vegetables, chips, and assorted dessert items. Beverages served include coffee, tea, lemonade, and water before the game begins, and some beverages until the end of the game.
The players each pay an entry fee, allowing them to play the game, enjoy the refreshments, and win prizes. They can also buy raffle tickets for the many prizes we collect during the year, which are available to be viewed prior to the beginning of the game.
This year tables were lined with gifts and baskets galore. Over 100 items were handed out to the players! Beautiful Mums donated by Halfinger Farms went to First Prize winners and flower centerpieces donated by Town & Country Nurseries adorned our tables.
Prizes included candles, gift baskets, games, candy dishes, gift certificates, glasses, household items, toiletries, a few tote bags with office supplies or school supplies or travel items, decorations, cans of coffee, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and dish towels.
Proceeds from past games have been used to help purchase gifts for the Annual Children’s Christmas Party, as well as equipment our Firefighters might need to keep them safe on the job.
The HVFC Auxiliary would like to thank all who participated in the HVFC Auxiliary Military Whist Game!
Special thanks to:
Halfinger Farms http://www.halfingerfarms.com/
Photos by Mike Welch