Happy holidays, and here’s to holy board!

Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was spent with loving family and friends. The weather was nice — breezy but nice — and was spent outside by an outdoor fireplace playing a game called holy board.

If you have never played holy board, which by the way is neither holy nor religious since words unfit for print are expressed if you miss throwing a washer into one of the holes, then you are missing out.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Cajun horseshoes? Honestly, I’m not really certain if they’re one in the same, but what I do know is this game is addictive.

Allow me to explain: two wooden, fabric-covered platforms are tied together with a rope about 4 feet in length. Each platform is about 3 feet in length and has three holes on the top-side of the platform large enough for six metal washers to be thrown into them, one at a time.

Two opponents square off, each by standing on one of the platforms and attempting to throw all six of their washers into the holes in the opposite-facing platform.

The first and closest hole to the “thrower” is worth one point, the middle hole is worth three points and the third and farthest hole is worth five points. The first person to 21 wins.

This holy board game is what I call simple-stupid, so simple its stupid, but it’s highly entertaining. (What does that say about me and my gang?)

I don’t care; I just know we ate a delicious meal cooked by several friends and sets of hands, and instead of bellying up after eating and going into a food coma, we worked off the calories by doing something outside in the winter sun not far from a warm, crackling fire.

It was a fun day among loving family and good friends. My kind of Thanksgiving.

Council on Aging at a glance

The East Feliciana public transit provides transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish Monday through Friday for senior citizens. The Council on Aging also provides financial assistance to seniors aged 60 and older for gas or Entergy bills only. Call (225) 683-9862 for information.

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St. in Clinton, will host the following events Dec. 5-12.

MONDAY: Arthritis movement exercise class at 11 a.m.

TUESDAY: Games

WEDNESDAY: Bingo at 11 a.m.

DEC. 11: Devotional at 11:30 a.m. followed by blood pressure checks

DEC. 12: Arthritis movement exercise class at 11 a.m.

Community market

Clinton Community Market days are held the first Saturday of each month.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, arts and crafts vendors with homemade holiday wares will line the courthouse square. Visitors are invited to do their holiday shopping and check out the sidewalk sales, odds and ends, plants, furniture, food and music, all featured at the market.

Contact Butch Hooge at (225) 719-1047 for information.

Clinton Christmas

Clinton residents are gearing up for Christmas and the holidays Dec. 5-6 starting with a gumbo sale and silent auction at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 followed by the lighting of the town tree at 5:30 p.m. A children’s program begins at 6:30 p.m., and a production of Michael the Eyewitness starts at 7 p.m. at Clinton United Methodist Church, 11321 Old South Drive.

On Dec. 6, children are invited to take their photo with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Landmark Bank, 12225 St. Helena St., Clinton. A Christmas bazaar with brisket dinner and silent auction is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Clinton United Methodist. The Clinton Christmas parade rolls at 10 a.m.

Holiday program

Friends of the Clinton Library will host a holiday program at noon Dec. 11 at Feliciana Baptist Church Sanctuary, 12385 Haynes St. A vocal concert by Paula Payne will be featured, followed by a light lunch.

Guests are welcome.

A Christmas gift for the library is greatly appreciated. Gift suggestions include: mechanical pencils, magnetic paper clip holders, Post-It notes, white-out tape, black permanent markers, color copy paper, color card stock, children’s stickers, construction paper and glue sticks.

Open house in Jackson

Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, in Jackson, will host its annual Christmas open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12. The holiday party will feature Christmas card displays by clients, employees receiving service pins and awards for the winning floats from the Christmas parade. Everyone in the Jackson community is invited to attend. Cake and punch will be served. Eastern La. Mental Health is at 4502 La. 951 in Jackson. Call (225) 634-1010 for information.

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