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Pilgrim high low jack players celebrate end of league season
Beacon photos by Jennifer Rodrigues
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Pilgrim Senior Center’s High Low Jack League, which has between 80 and 90 members regularly, gathered at the Remington House Inn in Apponaug for their banquet to celebrate the winners of their last 18-week session. Their next session starts on Tuesday.

The members of the Pilgrim Senior Center’s High Low Jack League celebrated the end of another successful session with a lunch banquet at The Remington House Inn on Post Road. According to league director Ray Walsh, Pilgrim’s league is the largest league in New England with 87 players for their 18-week sessions.

“This is good because it gives them a place to go when they’re seniors. It gives them something to look forward to,” said Walsh.

The league meets every Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at the Pilgrim Senior Center on Pilgrim Parkway. It costs $2 to play, and Walsh says all the money they make goes back to the players through winnings.

“All the money they give us, we give back,” said Walsh.

At the banquet, the three winners of each division also received their ribbon and monetary winnings. Because the league is so large, there are three divisions the group is broken up into and three first place winners for every 18-week session. This session, Mary Barnardo won the Spades Division with 79 wins, Audrey Sprague won the Diamond Division with 71 wins, and Marie Feragive won the Hearts Division with 77 wins.

“I’ve made such good friends and I look forward to it every week,” said Bernardo about the League, which she says she has been a part of for “so many years.”

Claire Potter, Mary Creamer and Doris Ciliberto have all been members of the league for close to 20 years. They also have been lifelong players so they enjoy being part of a League.

Potter and Ciliberto are also members of the Buttonwoods League.

Carol Quinn is a rookie in the league, joining only two months ago.

“I played but only in a family circle, so this has been a new situation,” said Quinn. “I love it.”

Quinn, who was enjoying her lunch with Potter, Creamer and Ciliberto, says one of the best parts of joining the league is the new friendships she has made. Quinn is also very active at the senior center, taking part in bingo, poker and volunteering at the welcome desk.

Esther Yanku joined the league six years ago and learned to play the game through the program.

“It’s very good for our minds,” she said.

Joann Rascoe joined the Pilgrim League about three years ago but is a High Low Jack professional; she ran a league in Buttonwoods 20 years ago.

“It’s very friendly and well-run; Ray does a great job,” said Rascoe, adding that the league is an inexpensive activity for seniors on a fixed income.

The Pilgrim Senior Center’s High Low Jack League runs continuous 18-week sessions throughout the year; the next session begins on Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. at the Center.


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