published Monday, November 7th, 2011

Chattapets: Board Game Bonanza at the Chattanooga Public Library this Saturday

LISA DENTON: You know, Barry, if we were many, many years younger (sigh), we could take part in something fun at the Chattanooga Public Library this weekend.

The downtown branch on Broad Street is hosting a Board Game Bonanza from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. They’ll be playing a bunch of the classics, like Risk, Monopoly, Life, Clue and Scrabble — the original wireless games.

I especially love Scrabble. I even buy the Scrabble Cheez-Its. I would eat them with alphabet soup, but that just seems like overkill.

Unfortunately for us, the Bonanza is for youths 10-18, and we haven’t been able to pass for that age in about, oh, three decades now.

BARRY COURTER: Speak for yourself. I wasn’t always blond you know. Actually, I started going blond at about 16. Called it a birthmark — in my hair — then. As for you and your Cheez-Its, I bet you won’t eat a handful of them if the word comes out misspelled. Your brain won’t let you do it, will it?

LISA: Well, I play (eat) the words I’m dealt, then go back for more letters. I figure I’m gaining an extra 10 pounds every snacktime, so I might want to rethink my game strategy.

BARRY: But you are getting smarter too.

The wireless games idea is a good one. I imagine a lot of kids there wondering if the batteries are dead because the games don’t beep, light up or have a soundtrack.

LISA: Well, it’s all in how you play. At Casa Lisa, we’ve had some spirited games of Balderdash, Scattergories and Sequence, and I’m pretty sure there’s a video of me playing Guesstures on a Facebook page somewhere. Some people are so jealous of my miming talent that they hold it up for ridicule.

BARRY: We’ve had some brutal games of Pictionary at our family gatherings. Newbies are warned to wear their thick skin because there will be name-calling and poor, funny or accidentally obscene drawings will be made fun of in the harshest of ways.

It’s a lot of fun, as long as my team wins.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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