In this day of social media and nonstop news, what is it about a card game that our grandmothers played that has captivated the women of Northern Westchester and beyond?
The name Canasta is from the Spanish word for “basket” and according to Mr. Google probably derives from the spinning tray placed in the center of the card table to hold undealt cards and discards.
The object of the game is to obtain 8,500 points by making as many melds (aka Canastas) as possible with your partner. The partner part is key. You never really know a neighbor until you’ve been partners in at least five games of Canasta.
While the game is entertaining, the real fun comes from unplugging and sitting down with new and old friends laughing and bonding. Most days come with a text from one of my Canasta friends asking “can you play tomorrow afternoon?” Although my work keeps me from accepting every invitation, that text is a welcome opportunity for a respite from daily demands.
When I meet people who are looking to start a new chapter in our area, we often talk about the lifestyle and community. Canasta now makes my list (right below riding horses and above Mahjong) as things I love about living in Northern Westchester.
So if you’re looking for a partner, I am always up for introducing a new friend to the game while sharing my love for Northern Westchester.