Monthly game nights kick off at The Gathering Place

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
Anne Armezzani and Megha Baikadi pour over a game of checkers at The Gathering Place during the center’s first-ever game night, to be held the second Wednesday of every month. - Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Abington Heights High School students William Carey, a senior, and Jared Patten, a junior, volunteer at The Gathering Place during game night Nov. 8. - Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Danny Voyce and Connor Asay play a round of the game ‘Sorry’ at the The Gathering Place’s first monthly game night, Nov. 8. - Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

CLARKS SUMMIT — There was a chill to the air as darkness descended on South State Street Nov. 8, but inside The Gathering Place, at address 304, the atmosphere was warm and inviting.

Board games, card games and trivia games were stacked in the center and people sat in pairs around the room, engaging in chatter and friendly competition. Snacks were available at the counter, manned by The Gathering Place volunteer Jared Patten, an Abington Heights High School (AHHS) junior. In the next room, another AHHS student, William Carey, who organized the evening, was busy setting up a screen and an Xbox One system for gamers who might wander in.

The event was the first in a series of monthly game nights, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. They are run by The Gathering Place Teen Board and open to people of all ages. Admission is a $5 donation.

Carey, a senior, said he got the idea from the game nights he and his friends occasionally enjoy together, as well as similar events hosted at the high school during Spirit Week.

“People love playing board games and it’s something they’re interested in,” he said.

A variety of games, one of which is “Sorry,” Carey’s personal favorite, are available at The Gathering Place for use during the game nights, and people are also welcome to bring their own.

For more information, call 570-881-7612 or visit gatheringplacecs.org.

Anne Armezzani and Megha Baikadi pour over a game of checkers at The Gathering Place during the center’s first-ever game night, to be held the second Wednesday of every month.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Game-Night-2.jpgAnne Armezzani and Megha Baikadi pour over a game of checkers at The Gathering Place during the center’s first-ever game night, to be held the second Wednesday of every month. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Abington Heights High School students William Carey, a senior, and Jared Patten, a junior, volunteer at The Gathering Place during game night Nov. 8.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Game-Night-3.jpgAbington Heights High School students William Carey, a senior, and Jared Patten, a junior, volunteer at The Gathering Place during game night Nov. 8. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Danny Voyce and Connor Asay play a round of the game ‘Sorry’ at the The Gathering Place’s first monthly game night, Nov. 8.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Game-Night-1.jpgDanny Voyce and Connor Asay play a round of the game ‘Sorry’ at the The Gathering Place’s first monthly game night, Nov. 8. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.