News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 10, 2014
Marathon bridge event benefits Alzheimer’s Association

The Longest Day

Members of Blue Hill Bridge competed in a June 21, 2014 bridge tournament called “The Longest Day.” The event was organized to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ginger Dewing of Blue Hill and Lou Cooper of Deer Isle (at left) won the morning game and placed, Maine second in the afternoon game. Marcia Tompkins of Surry (center) and Melinda Reach of Blue Hill, Maine won the afternoon game with the highest score of the game.

Photo courtesy of jenniferandtony.com

by Ginger Dewing

The American Contract Bridge League partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to raise funds for research in the cause, treatment, prevention and cure of this feared disease. Alzheimer’s, known as “The Long Goodbye,” affects all of us so it seemed appropriate to have an event called “The Longest Day” on the longest day of the year, June 21. While laboratories and medical facilities deal with cause, cure and treatment, the ACBL’s interest is in prevention. To promote awareness and publicize the growing data that bridge is a superb way to stimulate the mind, the ACBL created a national marathon bridge playing event. All proceeds were given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Our area of Maine was represented by The Dirigo Bridge Club of Bangor which held “The Longest Day” as a morning and afternoon event at the Bangor Motor Inn and Conference Center. Members of Blue Hill Bridge who competed in the event had a very successful day. Ginger Dewing of Blue Hill and Lou Cooper of Deer Isle won the morning game and placed second in the afternoon game. Marcia Tompkins of Surry and Melinda Reach of Blue Hill won the afternoon game with the highest score of the game. The winning teams were sponsored by Blue Hill Accounting and Will Taylor, Dottie Hayes and Margaret Hannah. The event was organized by Dr. Don Murray of Bangor and directed by Steve Dyer of Hudson and Ginger Dewing of Blue Hill.

Long before research on Alzheimer’s, W. Somerset Maugham understood the benefit of bridge to an aging population when he wrote: “If I had my way, I would have the children taught Bridge as a matter of course, just as they are taught dancing. In the end it will be more useful to them, for you cannot with seemliness continue to dance when you are bald and pot-bellied; nor for that matter can you, with satisfaction to yourself or pleasure to your partner, continue to play tennis or golf when you pass a certain advanced age; but you can play bridge as long as you can sit at a table and tell one card from another.”

Blue Hill Bridge meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Congregational Church in Blue Hill at 6:30 p.m. (please arrive 10 minutes early). All partnerships are welcome. For further information call Ginger at 374-2888 or email dewingok@myfairpoint.net.

Blue Hill Bridge Club Winners

May 7

First: Marcia Tompkins, Surry and Anne Cushman, Blue Hill

Second: Bob Lasky and Dennis Chamberlin, Deer Isle

May 21

First: Lanny and Bill Anderson, Deer Isle

Second: Ginger Dewing, Blue Hill and Lou Cooper, Deer Isle

June 4

First: Nancy Brown, Brooksville and Ernie Blaisdell, Otis

Second: Lanny and Bill Anderson, Deer Isle

June 18

First: David and Debby Barry, Deer Isle

Second: Mimi Gerstell, Stonington and Mary Newman, Deer Isle