By Tina Taylor
Recently the 2013 Tennessee Senior Open Chess Tournament was held at the center. It was sponsored by the Tennessee Chess Association, Cumberland County Chess Club, city of Crossville and the Fair Park Senior Center. There were 31 chess players matching their skills, representing six states: Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and as far away as Colorado.
This year’s champion was from Crossville, Alan Kantor, scoring 4.5, taking home $150. The second-place winner was Rafael Vazquez of Bristol, and third place went to Jan Blasenak from Sevierville, both scoring 4.0 and taking home $75 each. Harry Sabine also gave out cash prizes and plaques to other top scorers.
Seniors who love the challenge of a good game should come to Fair Park. The chess club plays every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Open Duplicate Bridge group meets every Friday afternoon at noon, just after lunch and bingo. There are lots of games to play at the center that helps seniors with their memory skills, while making new friends and just having a nice time. They would love to have you join them.
The Stamp Club would just love to see your stamp collection. Maybe you collect topicals, such as flowers, birds or trains. Ray Kusmierski leads the group the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 11 a.m. Bring your stamps.
June 7 is the first Friday of the month of June, when the senior center recognizes all the birthdays for the month and folks celebrating their anniversaries and welcomes all the new people who have recently joined the center. The Eye Centers of Tennessee furnish the cake and prizes. It is always a fun time. Special entertainment for this Friday will be the singing trio, Glory Bound, with Naomi Hicks, who has sung in the chorus at the Cumberland County Playhouse and lead choir in church, and Virgil Karnatz, who is a retired dentist and his wife, Pam Karnatz, are from Memorial Baptist Church. All seniors are invited to come and enjoy the party.
Hula lessons with Noelani DeRossett starts this Tuesday, June 4, at 2 p.m., and Move It or Lose It exercising to the oldies with Clintina Simms will be starting this Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Fair Park Senior Center is open to all seniors from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night, and is located across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as on-line versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.” Call them at 484-7416.