The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)
The TFR association is known for its numerous social events for its members in North Cyprus. So, for example, the weekly get-together on Friday afternoon to share information or simply to meet with other expats for a casual chat.
Pam Tschersich, new committee member of the club, thought six months ago, “Let’s play cards together!”. So she launched the “TFR Canasta group”, which already has over twenty participants. They meet every week on Thursday at 1:30pm at the Acmenya Restaurant in Alsancak, and every last Thursday in the month at 1:00pm to have a lunch together during a break in the card game.
Pam, who did a similar thing for foreign residents in her former adopted homeland Bahrain, is a Canasta professional and every new member of the group, who does not know the game at all or has not played for a long time, gets intensive coaching from her.
Meanwhile, there is also professional equipment for the players, eg. card shuffling machines.
For those interested in this card game, here is a brief excerpt from Wikipedia:
Canasta (Spanish for “basket”) is a card game of the rummy family of games believed to be a variant of 500 Rum. Although many variations exist for two, three, five or six players, it is most commonly played by four in two partnerships with two standard decks of cards. Players attempt to make melds of seven cards of the same rank and “go out” by playing all cards in their hand. It is the only partnership member of the family of Rummy games to achieve the status of a classic.
The game of Canasta was devised by Segundo Santos and Alberto Serrato in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1939. In the 1940s the game quickly spread in myriad variations to Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina, where its rules were further refined before being introduced to the United States in 1948, where it was then referred to as the Argentine Rummy game by Ottilie H. Reilly in 1949 and Michael Scully of Coronetmagazine in 1953. The game quickly became a card-craze boom in the 1950s providing a sales avalanche of card sets, card trays and books about the subject.
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If you are interested in this sophisticated pastime please contact Pamela Tschersich directly – for email address and phone number click here.
To learn more about the TFR association – click here!