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And BINGO was his name — Oh!

By Paul Viau | Sep 03, 2014
Photo by: Carol Viau photo A LITTLE DAUB WILL DO YOU — Ready to ink another square are last year's bingo goers from left, Clark Stone and friends, Bill and Maxine Lackey.

Even if you are only an occasional reader of this column, you know that (1) I often write about (and more than often consume) craft beer, (2) I stay active in the community (There are many beer tasting events) and (3) my spelling is not always street legal.

Thankfully, my old arthritic hands and age-induced dyslexia are usually saved by Google — which is the best spell-checker ever.

Not only does a Google-search direct you to the proper spelling of any given word or subject, it often provides new and exciting directions for your Internet research.

Google is way-better than auto-correct, which usually changes the word you wanted into something totally unrelated — Don’t get me started.

Anyway, back to my spelling problum (I did that on porpoise.) There are certain words so popular and common in our language that they are virtually impossible to misspell. Take BINGO, for example.

Most of us have stared at sheet upon sheet of paper with the letters B-I-N-G-O neatly spaced across the top. Many of us have inked a few squares on these sheets of paper, (called forms) and then excitedly shouted, “Bingo!”

And then there is that wonderfully childish song that starts, “There was a farmer had a dog…” — What kind of English is that? And what, pray tell, is the name of the dog? You guessed it, “Bingo was his name-O.”

Yes, even I can spell the word BINGO, and I’m no stranger to the hopper that spits out the numbers that make the game go ‘round — even though it’s pretty much square.

Did you know? — Haywood County’s biggest and best BINGO event of the year is coming to Haywood County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, and I have again been asked to be a caller.

So I’m asking you, “ARE YOU READY TO BINGO?”

This will be the eighth annual “Baskets and Bags Bingo,” so named because the nearly $3,500 in prizes are often awarded in handcrafted Longaberger baskets and colorful Vera Bradley bags.

Each prize bag and basket is filled with goodies that fit a theme, like “Movie Night” and “Haywood’s Finest.” (Sorry, ladies, it’s not filled with Haywood County police and firefighters.)

Other themes for this year include, “Spice up your life,” “Much-Needed Coffee Break,” “Note to Self” and (I’m not making this up) “Kiss My Boo-boo.”

Last year, more than 500 bingo fanatics participated in Baskets and Bags Bingo, most of whom took home a bag, a basket or a nice door prize.

In case you didn’t know, Baskets and Bags Bingo is presented each year by the Catholic Women’s Circle of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and proceeds benefit a variety of community agencies.

In the past, the CWC has made donations to The Open Door, the Community Kitchen in Canton, Good Samaritan Clinic, Haywood Christian Ministry, REACH, KARE, Mountain Projects, Meals on Wheels, Camp Ability, HRMC Hospice and St. John the Evangelist Church special needs.

To sum it up, Baskets and Bags Bingo is a fun, family event that funds good works throughout Haywood County, and tickets are still available at $20 for 21 games.

Players can also reserve a table of 8 of friends and/or family. Children are welcome, but a player ticket must be purchased for everyone entering the fairground building.

Entrance includes complimentary coffee and dessert, so get your BINGO tickets before it’s too late. Player tickets are available from any CWC member or by calling Karen Connor at 452-0768.

Doors open at 6 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there.