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Line dancers, rook players competing in Master Games of Alabama

Published 4:46pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MADISON – Senior citizens from Madison will be dancing and dealing as contestants in the 2013 Master Games of Alabama, District II.

Members of Madison Senior Center have entered the rook, line dancing and a few other contests. “All skill levels are welcome, and many events are planned, traditional as well as unusual,” Vickie Parker said. Parker is interim director at Madison Senior Center.

The games will be held at the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center at 2200 Drake Ave. and Brahan Spring Recreation Center on June 11-14. Masters Games of Alabama are a recreational competition for seniors who are 50 years and older.

Contestants will be divided in age groups for 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and older groups.

Madison Starlighters, the line dancers from Madison Senior Center, include leader Sandy Parsons, Joyce Duncan, Kathy Emerson, Judi Daniels, Carol Dambman, Joy Edwards and Margo Chabot.

The dancers will compete on June 10 to their rendition of the 1950s of the dance floor favorite, “At the Hop.”

Rook players from Madison are Mary Edwards, Fran Hatmaker, Judy Wakefield and Shirley Lawrimore. The rook card game uses a specialized, 57-card deck with players taking ‘tricks.’ Rook contestants will square off on June 14.

In addition, line dancer Joyce Duncan also will compete in checkers. “Her husband Curt Duncan is competing in billiards, table tennis, checkers, basketball free throw and dominos,” Parker said.

Some other contests at the games are pickle-ball, quilting, Frisbee throw, dominos, Nerfball throw, Wii bowling, three-point basketball, Ping-Pong and shuffleboard.

Local winners at the district level will advance to the Master Games State Finals in Valley on Oct. 7-10.

Madison Senior Center’s address is 1282 Hughes Road. For more information, call Parker at 256-772-6242, email to vickie.parker@madisonal.gov or visit madisonal.gov/index.aspx?nid=235.

For more information about the Master Games of Alabama, call Rebecca Smith at 256-880-7081.

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