Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Technical Difficulties in the Weather

We tend to think of September as the time of year when we begin to lean towards Fall and all those deliciously seasonal outdoor activities like leaf-peeping, farm visits/walking though pumpkin patches, apple picking, and so on. Fall festivals are right around the corner. 

But it is too darned hot. Temperatures near one hundred degrees do not inspire outdoor activities. We may be thinking Fall but the changing of the seasons is experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.

Never fear, local gamers have other ideas. The Old Ellicott Cup is returning for a second year, seeking to be “the premier bubble hockey tournament in the world.” This year’s tournament will be on September 23rd from 12-8 pm but it will not be in Old Ellicott City. Instead, you can join the fun at Oversea Distillery in Columbia. For more on the Old Ellicott Cup, take a look at my post from last year and/or you can check out their Facebook page.

If you don’t play bubble hockey, how about Scrabble? CoCo Scabble (that’s short for Collins Coalition) is hosting an all-day Scrabble Tournament in Columbia on September 9th. 

Image from Collins Coalition website

Yes, it’s the Scrabble SoirĂ©e at Sammy’s, from nine am to six pm this Saturday. What’s the Collins Coalition? From their website:

We are the Collins Coalition (CoCo), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that empowers people to improve their cognitive word and math skills and form lifelong friendships through fun and competitive word game play.  

To learn more, and to sign up to enter, check out their website.

Comics to Astonish, with locations in Columbia and Eldersburg, routinely has in-person game-playing events but I’d be the first to admit that I really have no idea what they are playing. At any rate, they are clearly more than a comic book store. The Columbia location is on Snowden. 

I realize that if you have children of school age that you may not have time for such shenanigans. Now that the pools are closed it will be a challenge to keep the littles entertained without getting heatstroke. 

Keep cool. Stay hydrated. Let us know how you plan to get through this heatwave. Perhaps this would be a good time to create a live action role playing game based on bus scheduling. 

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