BINGO at The Fire Barn
The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night Bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the first dates being July 11 and July 25. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with Bingo calling starting shortly after 7 p.m. Get there early, the line for cards is often long and grabbing a good spot is a part of making a good evening great. After a busy day of island activities, sitting back in the sunset with the chance of real winnings make many return year after year.
The event is held by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department to raise money for the Fire Department. For $5 per person, you receive three boards each, but you can buy as many cards as you like (just make sure you can handle them all). The night includes “normal rounds” which the purchased boards are used for and also “special rounds” where players can buy $1 paper cards to be used. This is not your typical mainland bingo; the event draws families back year after year to participate in this island tradition. The event has become a meeting place for families visiting for the summer, or week and those who live here year-round.
The fire barn is filled with tables for plenty of seating or bring your own chairs, or blanket if you would like to sit outside. The night rewards winners with great prizes from local businesses, like t-shirts, tumblers, gift cards to local businesses and even a cash payout of $100 during one of the “special rounds.” Summer is all about experiencing simple pleasures — and this is one of them!