Our Final Story for the German Portion of the 2008 Most Successful Inaugural.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have been putting off writing this last chapter, this last evening of our INAUGURAL, because like most of you, I do not want it to end!!

Our Friday evening began with a social hour and banquet at the very fine facility of the Langensebold Soccer Club. There was a good variety of food tastefully presented. Following dinner the German dance group, IG Bachtanz, performed to the great delight of all.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext item on the agenda was the acknowledgement by Jim and Beth to all who contributed to the success of The Inaugural.   To wind up the evening in fine fashion, most took to the dance floor in celebration of the past week.

What a great adventure we have had; new experiences; great food albeitLes and Carol Phillips too much too often >> Heck, we have to complain about something! Lol We will remember the organizational skills of Les and Carol, the driving skills of Peter our driver and his most capable assistant, Margaret. We will always remember the kindness and generosity of our hosts, the German Shufflers. And finally we will remember our fellow shufflers from Brazil, from Canada and from America.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe very last accolade goes to Jim and Beth Allen who with diligence, grace and yes, charm, turned a set of plans into a joyous journey that all participants will long remember. We thank you both; you were the perfect host and hostess. 

Stan McCormack of THE SHUFFLER 2008-05-05.  Click to be taken to a Slide Show:  http://photopeach.com/album/5i0s88

And repeated on the BLOG on 2014 10 31. (click on pix to expand)  This article can be found in the Category “Archival Item”.


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As Shufflers Are Once Again “On The Move”, this time to England, I thought it would be enjoyable to look back at some other trips.  Let’s begin with (relive) our wonderful combined trip to Holland and Germany.  Stan

On Monday April 21st (2008) about noon we set off for our last run into Amsterdam. Although I had heard the saying that Amsterdam is the Venice of the North, I had not realized just how much truth there was in OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe saying. (see pic in margin) There is a significant canal system; the difference is that in Venice, the canal system is the exclusive mode of travel while in Amsterdam it is an option. In both cities, people seem to be everywhere as evidenced by the crowded streets, streets that are devoid of automobiles in many cases.

We were dropped off and encouraged to enjoy the down town or alternatively to take in one of the many museums to be found here. One of the most famous paintings in the entire world is located in the Rijksmuseum Art and History Museum, that being Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Some visited the Anne Frank House, some the Van Goth Museum while others enjoyed the walk among the canals, checked out the merchandise in the many fine stores, enjoying the new experience.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe all gathered for Dinner at the Famous Floating Sea Palace Chinese Restaurant which was in the same general area of Amsterdam. Another fine dinner!! See pic in margin.

It goes without saying that bicycles abounded!! Special lanes existed for them and when pedestrians got in those lanes, the riders sounded their bells to get you to “move on over”!! Small Motorcycles may be king in Rome but Bicycles rule the road in OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmsterdam!! If you explode the pic in the margin, it will give you some appreciation for the number of bicycles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFollowing dinner we boarded a chartered private boat for a candlelight cruise through the canals of Amsterdam. In the margin I have a pic of a typical table; explode that pic to get some appreciation of the ambience on board; we had wine; we had finger food; we had excellent company and we had a guide to provide us with interesting information regarding the many historic buildings and places we cruised by. CAN LIFE GET ANY BETTER? Organizers Carol OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand Les seemed to think not as they stole a wee kiss as we quietly sailed in the night. (See pic in margin) A good time was had by all.

Stan of THE SHUFFLER 2008 04 30.  Click here to enjoy the accompanying pix:  http://photopeach.com/album/r59u1i  

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Uniformed Canadian Forces Personnel Attacked.


tomb of unknown soldierGlenn Monroe has provided a link to a part of the Celebration of Life for Cpl. Cirillo who was shot and killed while standing guard at Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The link (at the bottom) takes you to a Military Pipe Band playing Amazing Grace. Canada’s Prime Minister, the Chief of the Defense Staff, and Family are shown in the video.  America has demonstrated solid support in this most trying time for Canada.  President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and others have spoke in support.

Some Background:  Last Monday, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was run over and later died from his injuries in a parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Two days later came the murder of Cpl. Cirillo and the culminating shoot-out in the halls of Parliament. In both cases, uniformed Canadian Forces personnel were targeted. Both appear to have been carried out by troubled Canadian citizens who self-radicalized, perhaps in response to the recent call from Islamic State that adherents around the world should “kill a disbelieving American, or European . . . French, Australian or a Canadian or any other disbeliever.”

Click to be taken to Amazing Grace:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=734711483243286    Thank you Glenn.

Stan McCormack.  2014 10 29.

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Notice to Members of Clearwater Shuffleboard Club:




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Posted: Friday, October 24,2014 by Secretary, Pamela Hill.


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North American Shufflers Travel to England this April!! Read more below.


Roughly 40 players from North America will be traveling to England in April 2015 with the intent of teaching and promoting shuffleboard, as well as to participate in the Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament.

Jim and Beth Allen believe that it is time to GO PUBLIC WITH THE NORFOLK OPEN!! 

I will start with an introduction of Peter and Lesley Davis.  These fine English folk would vacation to Florida, and in 1986 played shuffleboard for the first time.  They were hooked!  Peter went back to Norfolk, England and constructed a court at the side of their house.   He even contacted Sam Allen in 1988 with the intent of promoting the sport (note:  we have the original letter on file!).   Twenty years later Peter launched a company called Shuffleboard Europe to promote the sport of shuffleboard, and sales of shuffleboard equipment throughout Europe.  The name was changed in 2011 to Norfolk Boards as other sports, including cornhole games, were added.
Their website is http://www.norfolkboards.com/ and has introduced the sport of shuffleboard to thousands of Europeans who otherwise would never know of our sport!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Peter and Lesley continue their love of the sport, and just last year flew over to witness the ISA Tournament in St Pete, Florida.  They attended both the Hall of Fame Banquet and the Awards Banquet.  Both of them plan on applying to play in the ISA Singles Tournament in Clearwater in October 2015. (Click on pix to expand)
This past year they formed a shuffleboard club in their local town of Norwich, and currently have about 30 players learning the game.  The club is interested in seeing how they fare with other players and has organized a tournament in April 2015. 

The venue chosen was an 800 year old church called St Andrews.  The OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApicture to the right shows a test for the flooring – and despite the ancient age of the facility the test proved successful.  There will be 6 full sized courts used for the Norwich Open, and 2 smaller courts set up to be used to demonstrate and teach the sport of shuffleboard to interested English players.  Bleachers will be available for spectators on one end of the venue as well.
Roughly 40 players from North America will be traveling to England in April 2015 with the intent of teaching and promoting shuffleboard, as well as to participate in the Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament.
You can go to Facebook and like the Norfolk Boards page and follow the activities of Peter and Lesley Davis, including the events and plans for the Norwich Open 2015.

Jim’s e-mail address is    jballen418@aol.com 

I will follow the trip to England, posting entries as they become available.  I have created a Special Category >> title >> 2015 ENGLAND. If you wish to check for articles at any time, enter England and conduct a search OR, simply open the Category 2015 ENGLAND.

Stan McCormack. 2014 10 29.



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Taken From “Chatham This Week” September 7th, 1994. Do the Snowbird Shuffle!

Nick Klyms Article

Harold and Betty Mackness have brought a little piece of Florida to their family farm.

It has nothing to do with sunshine or citrus fruit. It’s one of the Sunshine State’s favourite pastimes for elderly residents: shuffleboard.

The Chatham Township couple donated the materials and land on their farm, and several local residents anxious to have a shuffleboard club donated their time. Mackness said 80 year-old men were climbing ladders to help build the facility.


It’s the only shuffleboard club in Canada that has regulation-size courts. And its players include members of world championship teams.

There are eight courts spread out in two rows of four in the cavernous 108 by 40 foot (32 by 12 meter) building. From the outside it could pass as an implement shed.

Mackness said there was a reason for the design of the facility.

“A lot of clubs that start from scratch don’t always make a go of it. I thought if it (club) doesn’t last at least we’ll have a good machine shed for the farm.” He laughed.

The layout is beneficial to tournament play because of the gutters that lie between the green, and raised cement courts, which prevents errant pucks from interfering with another game.

Most other shuffleboard facilities have the courts painted on the floor, and must put up some type of barrier to prevent any interference in play.

Unwanted church pews have been cut down to size, covered with material, and set on cement supports to become player benches.


It’s been six years since the facility was erected and the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club was born.

Some people may think shuffleboard is a game you play to pass the time on a cruise ship. But there are more than 100 active players in the area.

The Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club has had a membership of more than 100 almost since it began.


Club President Andy Houston said there is a lot of strategy involved in the fame, which is similar to curling. Houston said on any given day, an 80 year-old player can beat someone quite a bit younger. “It’s a great equalizer.” But not everybody has to be a fierce competitor. Even though there’s no signage to identify the facility, 83 people showed up to play on opening day.

“I thought if we had advertised (where the club is) we wouldn’t know what to do with everybody.” Said Mackness. Snowbird have helped shuffleboard gain its popularity around here. Houston said several of the members only play on “fun days.” Held twice a week, and don’t play in any of the club’s tournaments held every two weeks.

But the club has always got an eye out for someone with natural talent. “If we see someone who is really enjoying themselves, we encourage them to try the tournaments.” Said Houston. “That’s where you are going to learn more about the game.

Thames Horizon is making its mark on the International Shuffleboard scene, as five members recently represented Canada at the International Shuffleboard Championships, held I Edmonton, Alta. In early August.

Muriel Wiseman and Mary Buttton of Chatham, Marjorie Taylor of Blenheim, and Vicky Klym of Leamington played on the Canadian Women’s team, which captured the championship. Nick Klym of Leamington represented Thames Horizon on the Canadian men’s team, which also captured the championship.

The Club has also hosted the Ontario Shuffleboard Championships.

If the success of the Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club continues, it could be quite a while before the facility is ever used to house farm machinery. “It probably won’t happen in my lifetime,” quipped Mackness.

This article was given to me during the 33rd ISA in Midland,  (2014) by Nick Klym.  It was in the form of a newspaper article.  I scanned some of it, and typed some of it.  You may also wish to read this article:  SHUFFLING IN COMFORT  ALSO, to read about Nick, enter Nick Klym into the search rectangle and hit search.   Stan McCormack, 2014 10 25.

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In a New York minute: What’s hot in The Big Apple. Sent along by Bob Weber

Article sent along by Bob Weber.  I suggest that the article demonstrates conclusively, what many of us already know, that being that Shuffleboard has caught the attention of the “Younger Crowd”, the “Hip Crowd” may be a better term.   I have coloured the sections which I believe resonate the most, for to-days Shufflers.   Take note of the frequent use of the rhetorical question “Will it work in Ireland”?   When you finish reviewing this article, go here and you will see that indeed Dorothy Wagasky and others, did in fact Try to Make It Work In Ireland:  http://theshuffler.net/2013/08/05/dorothy-spillman-wagasky-returns-to-ireland/ Stan McCormack.   2014 10 24 22:10

The inside track on what’s really hot, and which trends might make it across the Atlantic.

New York

Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter

Cookie dough butter

Smell ya later cronut, see ya cupcakes… when it comes to comfort eating, New York is going back to basics (well, kinda). At the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, cookie-dough type spreads were the event’s sleeper hit. Gourmet retailers across Manhattan are loading up on oatmeal cookie butter, graham cracker butters and marshmallow cookie spreads. New Yorkers can also seemingly look forward to bourbon-spiked pickles, smoked cola gum drops (whuh?) and beer-flavoured beef jerky.

Will it work in Ireland? Unlikely. We’ve yet to get our heads around the original incarnations of cookie dough, pickles and beef jerky first.


Those wily Brooklynites have managed to snatch the humble Shuffleboard game from under the noses of OAPs and turn it into a semi-ironic pastime. Gowanus’ Royal Palm Shuffleboard Club certainly looks like a Floridian retirement community, but the youngsters have moved in with their eggs Benedict, food trucks and craft beers and turned this joint into the trendiest spot in town. Bingo and floor dancing optional.

Will it work in Ireland? In some pockets of the country – like The Porterhouse on Shears Street in Cork – Shuffleboard is already being enjoyed. However, we’re some way off a critical mass situation. It hasn’t even reached Stoneybatter yet.   See link in opening para re Shuffling in Ireland. 


There are many, many reasons why one should head to NYC with a massive, empty suitcase, and Anthropologie is just one of them. Brought to you by the same folks as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie do a rather fine line in amazing homewares and hipstermum clothing. Bring someone else’s Mastercard, mind: a beanie hat will set you back around €50.


Will it work in Ireland? HMV is occupying 26 Grafton Street on a short-term lease, but Anthropologie is one of the retail giants chasing the premises (along with Gap, Zara Home and & Other Stories). In a word, we remain hopeful.

Generation Confession

New Yorkers have always been candid… but a new wave of writers are taking personal writing and over-sharing down to the bone. Where The Bard of Bushwick, Lena Dunham, blazed a trail on the world stage, countless others have followed: Gawker’s Emily Gould (and sometime Dunham nemesis) released And The Heart Says Whatever in 2010, while Sloane Crosley is the thinking man’s essayist.

Will it work in Ireland? We’ve no dearth of personal writers ourselves… but will any of them be brave enough to write about getting into bed with their therapist like Dunham has? The jury is out.


Salon.com has pinpointed this new trend which, much as its name suggests, sees grown women wearing onesies, dungarees, kitten-ear headbands and pineapple prints on everything. Blame Katy Perry, who showed up to the Philadelphia Museum Of Art in a pizza onesie.

Food Truck

Will it work in Ireland? In a way, we’ve been ahead of the curve. Flannel onesies have been a Irish fixture for years.


The fine line between ‘geography teacher’ and ‘bang on trend’ is taken to its very limits with Normcore. Essentially, New Yorkers have dropped the try-hard flamboyance and Sevigny-style individualism and opted instead for the most non-descript, basic clothing going. Not to be confused, incidentally with ‘basic’, which is a pejorative term for fans of Starbucks and Kings of Leon.

Will it work in Ireland? If you discount the fact that many of us have unwittingly been bang on trend for some time, sure.

Kale pizzas

Roberta’s in Greenpoint do arguably the best pizza in Brooklyn, and they’ve managed to team good and bad with the Baby Sinclair: putting prairie breeze greens and kale on a pizza. Miraculously, the dysfunctional marriage of superfood and junk food works.


Will it work in Ireland? Quite possibly coming to a menu near you soon.

Slouchy pants

MC Hammer killed the trend decades ago, but Donna Karan has resurrected the slouchy pant with a new twist: leather. This season’s New York Fashion Week saw plenty of loose trouser action: not just at Karan’s show but also on the catwalks of Malan Breton, BCBG and Rag & Bone.

Will it work in Ireland? Fingers crossed. Those things hide a multitude of pre-Christmas session sins.

Drunk Brunches

If you like your eggs with a side order of bottomless booze, New York has no shortage of all-you-can-drink deals. For the best under-$30 deals, head to L’Asso in Nolita for Bloody Mary, Agave in the West Village for Margharitas and Calle Ocho on the Upper West Side for sangrias.

Will it work in Ireland? Unlikely. Surely profit margins would all but disappear?

Food trucks

Fashion-forward New Yorkers would barely get fed were it not for the proliferation of food trucks across the five boroughs. It’s a simple idea that New Yorkers have taken to the next level: try Calexico at Prince and Wooster Street in Manhattan, or the Souvlaki GR truck, which offer Greek bites all over town.

Will it work in Ireland? Give that Irish folks have a nose for a bargain, it certainly should. K Chido Mexico have already set up shop near Dublin’s Four Courts, while Gaillot & Grey’s pizza truck is the toast of Greystones.  Food trucks are “the thing” at the Royal Palms!!  We also had them at St Petersburg for the ISA Event.

Rooftop bars

With arguably the best cityscape views in the US, rooftop bars are a dime a dozen in New York. We particularly like the Rooftop bar at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, though.

Will it work in Ireland? It already has. The Marker Hotel in Dublin overlooks the Grand Canal area, and is positively abuzz, bordering on aflame, on weekends.

Cold Fried Chicken Pie

Prospect Heights’ PeteZaaz do a fine line in weird and wonderful pizza combos – think baked potato pizza – but it’s their Cold Fried Chicken pie that has fast become their signature offering.

Will it work in Ireland? Spuds on pizza. Hashtag genius.


Pinterest is teeming with images of New York denizens making their moggy love permanent with some body art. Brooklyn tattoo artist Betty Rose has noticed a spike in cattoo requests.

Will it work in Ireland? Of course… yet their popularity Stateside leaves us no choice but to issue a stark warning: they could very easily become the new tramp stamp.

Acupuncture Cafes

Crown Heights’ Mountain Café & Acupnture Clinic opened just this month and is already being populated by city dwellers freaking out, according to New York Magazine, over the approaching flu season. Mountain – founded by hubby and wife team Tom McCauley and Justine Lynch – also serves as an art gallery and classroom.

Will it work in Ireland? The Yoga Hub in Dublin combines both the holistic and the hangout already; expect many more to follow in its wake.

Amazon groceries

If you’re lucky enough to live in Park Slope, you can now get fresh groceries along with your books and DVDs. This month, Amazon Fresh launched on the East Coat in a bid to break into the burgeoning grocery delivery market. For now, the service is only available to Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 a year for Prime’s fringe benefits.

Will it work in Ireland? Tesco, SuperValu and various organic veg outlets have seemingly got the market sewn up here… but there is room for a more ‘artisanal’ service.

Tasting Menu-only restaurants

Tasting menus are nice as an occasional foodie foray, but a number of restaurants in New York are making it the norm. . Try Atera’s staggering (in every sense of the word) 20-course menu in Tribeca, to the tune of $200. Luckily, you’re in safe hands for every mouthful.

Will it work in Ireland? We’re adventurous, but will our bank accounts allow for regular tasting menu blowouts? Not likely.

Whiskey Cocktails

Cosmos are so very last century; instead, things have gone a bit Don Draper and whiskey cocktails are de rigeur. The Old School Old Fashioned at Jack The Horse Tavern’s is worth a visit to Brooklyn Heights alone. The cocktails come in proper tavern form, against the sumptuous backdrop of their oyster room.  The cocktails of the Royal Palms are rated highly!! 

Will it work in Ireland? Um, have we met?

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