Harrisonburg Duplicate Bridge Club

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Harrisonburg, Virginia

Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
...plus special events...

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Welcome! We play bridge every Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 10:45 p.m. (And see the special events section below.)

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)
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 Food Lion 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 $3.00 per person for a regular evening; a dollar or two higher for special events. The winning pair overall receives a cash prize of $1.00/person, and the highest finishing pairs receive standard ACBL club masterpoints. (5th Thursday: if it is the 5th Thursday of a month, we run one of our especially informal "mixer" games. We collect only $1.00/player and draw for partners, or run an Individual movement.) 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, but these too are optional if you haven't used them before.

Special events: in addition to the regular Thursday games at 7:00 p.m., there are occasional events on other days. 2007:

  • ACBL International Fund Game 1:00 p.m. Saturday February 3rd. $5.00 entry per person. Pre-dealt hands with analyses. [Results]

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., and open game on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.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 (Monday evenings) and the Waynesboro Country Club (Thursday mornings).

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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