ESCANABA - After Escanaba High School Spanish teacher, Vicki Volk, started up a Cribbage Club at the school, early in the school year, it wasn't long before she learned the reason that many of the students turned up to be a part of the club.
"During the presentation of my students' 'Day of the Dead' projects, I learned that several of the kids have fond memories of playing cribbage with their elderly relatives that have passed away," Volk stated. "I also like to play cribbage, so I decided to start a club. The junior high also started a club as well."
After her decision to start the group, Volk contacted American Cribbage Congress member, Chris Christensen, for advice and support. Through his column, "Inside Chris's Head," Christensen has authored informational pieces on cribbage.
Escanaba High School students, Alec Slaga and Brandon Punzel, enjoy a game of cribbage. The Cribbage Club was formed during the school year by Spanish teacher, Vicki Volk, and met every other Tuesday after school. Ten cribbage boards were donated to the club by Chris Christensen, a member of the American Cribbage Congress and author of a number of columns on cribbage.
In response to Volk's inquiry, Christensen informed her that the American Cribbage Congress (ACC) has been around for about 35 years. Although he has been a member for 25 years, he actually began playing cribbage when he was 7.
"My whole family played," he stated. "I grew up in Minnesota, and on many winter nights there was not much to do, since this was before we had television. So the best entertainment was playing cards, and cribbage was our favorite."
ACC promotes cribbage through Grass Roots clubs all over the US and Canada to help people improve their game and prepare them to play in national tournaments.
In his work with the ACC, Christensen began making cribbage boards for trophies for several tournaments and has made boards for clubs to use at their tournaments.
"When I found out that teachers were interested in teaching cribbage, I started making boards to send out to them, and the ACC compensates me with a small fee to cover my costs and shipping," Christensen said. "It is a labor of love for the great game."
As a result, Christensen sent Volk 10 cribbage boards, all superbly crafted using Eastern Hard Maple wood with an inlay design of Walnut with a satin finish with an enjoiner to "have fun."