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Taking a cue from their peers

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May 24th, 2011

Lois Krall first picked up a pool cue when she was a teenager living in southern California. Krall s stomping ground was a health resort her parents owned, and it was her job to entertain guests, which often meant playing billiards. When Krall finished high school, she also left her billiards days behind her, but that changed when she moved to Brooksby Village and became part of the community s Women s Billiards Group. I came to Brooksby [an Erickson Living community in Peabody, Mass.], and it came back very quickly, she says, a fact she attributes to the instruction she received from Leonard Yanofsky, one of Brooksby s avid billiards players, who began offering instruction to the Women s Billiards Group about five years ago. The group and its regular players assemble Tuesday mornings outside of the Greentree Caf on tables that are busy about five hours a day with various players, including Yanofsky s main group, the Brooksby Village Ball Breakers.

Teachable game

Peer teaching is common at Brooksby, where people from myriad professions and areas of expertise live in one community. Every day you ve got a dozen other things to do go out and do it because you ve got the time, Yanofsky advises. If you don t know, they ll teach you, he says. 100-plus clubs! There s nothing like the Brooksby Village lifestyle. Why not join the party? Call 1-800-516-4798 today. Yanofsky s patient and generous teaching was especially welcome at billiards. I learned the finer points from Lenny, Krall says. Nobody resents being told. Ann Aloisio had a billiards table at her previous home, where she picked up the game alongside her husband when their children moved out. She got back into the game after moving to Brooksby, and she says of Yanofsky, He s great. He s helped a lot. He s wonderful and he s very patient. Another group, the McIntosh Ladies Billiards, exists and is looking for a volunteer to teach at the McIntosh Clubhouse. The Women s Billiards Group typically plays eight-ball, perhaps the most common billiards game. Yanofsky, who had a billiards table at his Marblehead, Mass., house before moving to Brooksby, teaches shooting and angles. He suggests adding chalk to one s cue the stick used to hit the ball before every shot. Aloisio says of the game, I like it because it s mental as well as physical. You really have to think about where you re going and where you re going to leave the ball so you can make the next shot and your competitor can t. Despite the skill and light competition involved, Yanofsky reminds, It s only a game the whole game is practice; you re learning on every shot. Players encourage one another. We re very glad to see when someone makes an exceptionally good shot, Krall adds. Krall hopes new participants will try their hand at billiards. Not as many women have been exposed to billiards, Krall says. There s skill involved, but it s also fun good recreation, socializing. Krall says the game never gets boring and she adds of her instructor and friend, I beat Lenny once. That was a high point in my career.