Harrisonburg Duplicate Bridge Club


Harrisonburg, Virginia

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Welcome! We play bridge every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 10:30 p.m.

The club is officially sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). Membership in our club is free and open to any interested player; membership in the ACBL is optional.

Our game is open to players at all skill levels and ages, and visitors are always welcome. We most often have about four to six tables, with players from early 30's upward. It's also a nearly equal balance of men and women. A terrific group of very friendly folks! And we are hoping to attract more young players to the game of bridge.

The Harrisonburg club is a great easy way to get into the enjoyment of duplicate bridge. We have good competition but also a relaxed atmosphere.

Free sodas, decaf coffee, popcorn, and other snacks are provided; no smoking.

See also our newer web site:


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Club President: Leah Boyer
Club Manager: Owen Byer (540-908-2927), byer@emu.edu
Partnerships: -(position open)-
Directors: Owen Byer, Betsy Ruehl (540-942-3667)

No reservations are required; however, if you come to the game without a partner, please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance and preferably call ahead to make arrangements.

Location: Price Rotary Senior Center, 305 S. Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg VA. This building is in Westover Park on US 33, just a few blocks west of downtown Harrisonburg and near a FoodMaxx supermarket plaza (Waterman Square). Here's a map.

If you are coming from Interstate 81, it is easiest to use the "Port Republic Road" exit just south of US 33. Follow Port Republic Road west into town, cross US 11 (where the street name now changes to Maryland), and continue to Virginia 42, High Street. Continue three more residential blocks forward to Dogwood Drive, and turn right. The entrance to the park will soon be on your left, just before Dogwood intersects with US 33.

The phone number of the Center is 540-433-2893, but this building is not used for bridge except during the club time. Please first try contacting one of the people above.

Entry fee and awards: the playing fee is generally $4.00 per person for a regular evening; a dollar or two higher for special events. The highest finishing pairs receive standard ACBL club masterpoints.

Hand records are available for most games, where the boards have been dealt for informal comparison in The Common Game.

Where else can you get such a great interactive evening of fun for such low cost?

Bidding systems: don't worry about it! Most of us play a fairly straightforward Standard American system resembling the ACBL's yellow card. Partners can be found to play almost any system you're comfortable with (Goren, Acol, Precision, etc.), whether you've learned the game recently or a long time ago. We use bidding boxes to reduce noise and misunderstandings.

Another good local game with many of the same players is the Waynesboro Duplicate Bridge Club about 30 miles south of Harrisonburg: Open and novice games on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (President: Betsy Ruehl, 540-942-3667). The location of that game is usually the building at the Daily Living Center in the Food Lion plaza.

And a bit to the southeast of us is the Richmond Bridge Association.

Harrisonburg is at the crossing point of US 33 and US 11/Interstate 81. We are in the Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nearby cities and towns include Dayton, Bridgewater, Weyers Cave, Staunton, Elkton, New Market, Mt Jackson, Massanutten resort, and many more.

This Web page is maintained by club member Brad Lehman... Please send any comments to bpl@umich.edu - thanks!

BPL, 30-Jan-2000, updated subsequently as needed...

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