Tired of being stuck inside on another dreary winter day?
Join in some old-fashioned, or new-fashioned, board game fun Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library.
Library associate Mark Foley said he got the idea to have board game days from a comic book store in Westminster that had board game nights.
"I'm a fan of board games myself," Foley said. "I thought that was something I could replicate here at the library, give people who don't own board games a chance to play some of the new modern board games that are coming out every year."
At 11 a.m., "Unplug and Play" begins, with two hours of classic board game fun for all ages. Checkers, chess, Mancala, Chinese checkers, Yahtzee, Uno, Crazy Eights and Apples to Apples are just some of the games that make regular appearances during this program.
Then at 1 p.m., "Modern Board Games at the Library" features a number of games from Foley's personal collection. This session runs until 3 p.m., and is recommended for teens and adults.
"A lot of these modern board games just have a bit more complicated rules, and younger kids can't always stay focused," Foley said.
Many of the modern games rely on decks of cards rather than the traditional board of a "board game," Foley said. Some of his favorites that he will feature Saturday include Dominion, where players are monarchs looking to expand their kingdoms; Smash-Up, where players combine decks of sci-fi characters like zombies, robots and space monkeys to create new races that then battle against each other; and Lords of Waterdeep, where players are secret rulers of the city, recruiting others and expanding their influence through a web of strategic actions.
"Board games are going through a modern golden age right now," Foley said. "There's been a lot of innovation going on, lots of different people trying different things."
While for many years there were a limited number of companies making board games, over the past 15 years or so, more companies and individuals are getting involved with designing and releasing board games. In fact Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing fundraising website that allows people to raise money for products they want to develop and release, has a whole section devoted to board games, Foley said.
Anyone interested in playing is invited to come out, either as an individual, with family or friends, and get to know some new people while playing a new or classic game.
Foley said the library has been offering these game-themed days on the second Saturday of every month for about a year now, and he's had a good showing of participants each time.
The library branch is at 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown.
For more information, call 410-386-4510.
Fire company breakfast
The Union Bridge fire company is offering an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 11.
The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, hominy, puddin', potatoes, biscuits, muffins, fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee.
The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children between the ages 6 and 12; children younger than 6 may eat for free.
The breakfasts are held on the second Sundays of the month, October through May, in the fire hall at 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge.
For more information, call the fire hall at 410-775-7422.
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Carrie Ann Knauer covers New Windsor, Union Bridge, Taneytown and neighboring communities in the West Carroll area. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.