VFW Hosts Euchre Night Every Thursdayby Amy Wenger on September 5, 2014
It was a recent Thursday evening in Bremen, and over at the VFW Post #8972, as the clock inched closer to 7 p.m, the atmosphere was lively with chatter.
So much so that when a slightly bewildered guest wandered in, looking for the appropriate contact person, the man in charge scarcely noticed. "Red, pay attention!" a woman chastised playfully while calling out to Red Hochstetler.
The oversight was completely understandable, and absolutely forgiven. After all, it was Euchre night, and game time was drawing near. The sounds of shuffling cards, eager voices, and spirited laughter made the air of the place feel winsome before the first hand was even dealt.
"We play a relaxed game here," Hochstetler said, observing the
crowds and counting heads. When taking a tally of those in attendance on that particular night, he counted in terms of tables, noting that "ten and a half tables" is a good turnout. That amounts to over 40 people, and the numbers are climbing.
Anyone is welcome to partake in the local rendition of the Midwestern card game classic, with donations graciously accepted. The funds that are raised throughout the activities are given to worthwhile causes, such as helping to pay down the mortgage on the building. The group meets at the former Mint Still restaurant, a legendary building that is well known throughout the Bremen community.
When asked how long this Thursday night tradition has been taking place, Hochstetler paused for a moment before reaching for a ledger, which revealed through carefully documented records that the weekly tournaments have been taking place since January of 2011. "Anybody can show up, and you don't need to have a partner," Hochstetler says. "If we have an odd number, we just try to work them in at a table," which typically has four players. The rounds of play continue until about 10 p.m. or so, he adds, and most folks generally arrive at 6 p.m. to share in a meal and fellowship beforehand.
"We've been picking up more players as we go along," Hochstetler reflected. "Seems like in
the last year or so, we've really picked up."
For those who would like more information on how to go about participating in the Thursday night Euchre sessions, visit their website at http://www.bremenpost.org or call 574-546-4971.