“I started volunteering here back in 2005."
That’s Christine Page--the now Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, situated along downtown’s Mirror Lake.
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Her love of old buildings drew her in.
“And it still is my passion to make the community love these gems in St. Pete for the community to use,” said Page.
And the community has enjoyed the courts since they opened in 1924.
They keep a small number of their historic photos and trophies on display.
It’s a reminder for Page.
“It’s an honor—it’s an honor really it is—to try and keep this place better than we found it,” said Page.
And it -- this place -- all comes down to play.
So we pick equipment – clay discs and the cues to push them — and head to the courts.
Page preps the playing field by dropping little tiny glass beads — she uses a PVC pipe with a sort-of salt shaker-cover on a little piece of pipe.
“It makes the discs run faster and smoother.”
The object of the game is to push your disc across the skinny long court into scoring areas on a sectioned off triangle at the other side of the court.
And perhaps help your opponent not score by knocking them off the board.
“It’s a polite game like golf or tennis, but it’s a very cutthroat game,” said Page.
For the past 16 years, they’ve hosted Friday Night Shuffle and after a pause during the pandemic, they have resumed play.
“It's easy to learn the rules, but the more you get into it and the more you learn about the strategy, the more fascinating it becomes,” said Page.
Members and volunteers help you set up and learn the ways of the shuffleboard.
There’s music and a “reasonable” BYOB policy.
It goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
It’s $10 for non-members, and free to members and especially children.
The children will hopefully be the next custodians of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.