Cyndi McCoy: It’s all fun and games ’til someone gets their knickers in a twist |

Cyndi McCoy: It’s all fun and games ’til someone gets their knickers in a twist

After a lengthy encounter with a fired-up reader, I’ve decided to pass along his message in my column.

“Tony” insisted I didn’t understand his passion for the game of cribbage, but he had me pegged all wrong. Now, granted this isn’t a front page story, as he wished/darn near demanded, but I am more than happy to deliver his challenge to all players of the card and board game.

Tony, and his friend Gerald, missed the tournament in Grand Lake and have since been a bit idled about those who won boasting about it. They dare anyone who thinks they can beat the team at cribbage to a throw-down match and benefit.

As the champ from Grand Lake’s tournament, I eagerly accept.

I also have several calls out to the other top winners from northern Grand County to join in the fun. Partners may inquire with me by e-mail to join.

Crooked Creek’s new co-owner, Toni, has agreed to schedule the tournament tentatively for Sunday, Jan. 18. Although most likely not a center-ring event as wished, efforts to raise funds for either the Grand County Libraries and/or Mountain Family Center food banks through the event will be ironed out. As we get closer to the date, the time and other details will be announced.

If my partner and I win, I pray it will appease and cease the unnecessary hostility. If we lose, we promise (and I hope any loser will do the same) to accept the defeat until the next annual tournament with honor and grace.

Already a winner in my book is the Granby Library, which received a $2,500 donation from the Grand County Business and Economic Development Association. The money will be used to develop the library’s collection of business materials ” books, DVDs, magazines and audio CDs.

There’s also a new periodical from the Wild Creek Brewing Company called Beer Tracks. It contains interesting facts about beers, quotes, news from the industry, and information on specials and events coming up at the Winter Park brewery and restaurant. Brewmaster Steve Schott is excited to announce the arrival of his new creation, Drunken Elf. The seasonal brew is a dark porter infused with spiced organic chai.

When you are out and about, welcome back Captain America, who just returned from a trip to Memphis, Tenn. in time for friends to wish him a happy birthday. There’s also another steaming performance set for Java Mic Night tonight. Fable, with Neighborhood Heroes’ Daniel Rondeau and fellow YWAM students, is excited to play its folk-feeling covers and originals at the Fraser Rocky Mountain Roastery.

Also, put in your request for radio play of songs from the new Stereomaid album (at and place your order now for the new Hunker Down CD.

There was at least one book written by a local recently that would be a good Christmas gift that I forgot to mention last week (and I’m sure there are more CDs and books, let me know). Joan Shaw put together non-fiction work “Mountain I Dos, Tales of Weddings and Music in the Mountains.” Copies are $15 and can be ordered by calling (970) 726-4626.

Food for thought: “It’s all fun and games, until someone looses an eye … then it’s fun and games you can’t see anymore.” James Hetfield.

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