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Brooksby’s activities fair highlights community’s 100-plus resident-run clubs

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February 20th, 2017
Norine Grant (left) and Geraldine Tasco represent Brooksby’s chess club at the community’s annual activities fair.

Norine Grant (left) and Geraldine Tasco represent Brooksby’s chess club at the community’s annual activities fair.

Brooksby Village’s annual activities fair gives residents the opportunity to learn about the community’s more than 100 clubs and activities.

For Geraldine Tasco, who moved to the Peabody, Mass., Erickson Living community in June 2016, the most recent activities fair provided the chance to recruit more players for Brooksby’s chess club.

“I moved to Brooksby from Stoneham because I like the security and maintenance-free lifestyle offered here,” says Geraldine. “I also like the indoor swimming pool and hot tub.”

Checkmate

What Geraldine didn’t foresee was a return to a game she enjoyed in years past.

“Chess was something I played years ago and really enjoyed,” she says. “One day after I moved to Brooksby I was walking in the Town Centre Clubhouse and saw people playing chess.”

Founded by Marvin Berman, the chess club meets weekly and welcomes beginners and experienced players.

“Chess is wonderful for strengthening your memory,” says Geraldine. “It’s fun and challenging, and we want to encourage other residents who are interested to join us.”

To spread the word about the chess club at the activities fair, Geraldine found candy molds in the shape of chess pieces and made chocolate chess pieces to hand out. 

“I think the chocolate worked,” she says. “We had 12 people interested in the club.”

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