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Shanghai rummy

Shanghai rummy

The word ‘Shanghai” conjures up images of old movies (think “Shanghai Express” with Marlene Dietrich) as well as more recent ones (“Indiana Jones” begins at Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan.) Intrigue and excitement are synonymous with the name. For history buffs, the port city of Shanghai is fascinating. The two Chinese characters in the city’s name mean “Upon-the-Sea.” By 1700, Shanghai had a population of about 50,000, making it a large and prosperous port exporting silks, tea and porcelain.

In the 19th century, clipper ships in the China trade required a great deal of labor to operate. This gave rise to the practice of kidnapping people to serve as sailors by coercive techniques using trickery and deception. Since Shanghai was a common destination of ships with abducted crews, the modern term means to put someone into an undesirable position by pretense.

For a special group of Harbor Hills women, Shanghai has a very different connotation. Every Friday afternoon, they gather for a game of Shanghai rummy. The object is for players to organize all their cards into sets. Play ends once a player has arranged all her cards into sets or melds.

Country club member Fran Novak loves the game and is looking forward to the return of our winter players. “It makes you think,” she explains, “and you get a chance to catch up with neighbors and happenings in the community.”

Bring your nickels, dimes and quarters and join members for play any Friday at 12:30PM in the clubhouse. Seasoned players are excited to teach the game to new players. Members of Harbor Hills Country Club are invited and encouraged to join the fun.

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