With the retirement of club director and manager Ed Finlay, the Newtown Bridge Club has organized as a member-owned, member-run club to continue the 70-year tradition of competitive duplicate bridge in greater Danbury.
The Newtown Bridge Club originated as the Danbury and
Candlewood Bridge Clubs in the 1940s. Games were held in the former Hotel Green
in downtown Danbury on Monday and Friday evenings. Morris Feinson, long ranked
as a top Connecticut player and a regular at the Newtown Bridge Club, played
his first game at the Danbury Club at the Hotel Green in 1948 when he returned
home from college. After moving from the Hotel Green, the club played for over
40 years in the VFW hall in Danbury. Two
of the directors during this period, Nancy Bentley and Ruth Didkowsky, often
compete at Newtown club games. Mr. Finlay, who took over the club in 2005,
moved the games to the Hawleyville Fire Station in 2008 and gave the club its
“The Newtown Bridge
Club inherited a legacy of being a friendly place to learn and play bridge,”
said Carl Palmer, president of the club’s new board of directors. “We’re
committed to offering competitive bridge games for players who enjoy the game,
from novice to expert.” After researching options about how to continue as an
active bridge club, the organizing committee decided a member-owned nonprofit
club would be the club’s best path forward for maintaining a long-term robust
center of bridge activity.
The club’s games are attended by players from Newtown,
Danbury, Brookfield, Southbury, Ridgefield, Redding, other local towns and the
surrounding Litchfield, New Haven and Putnam (NY) counties. Players from across
the country find the club on the internet and frequently join games while visiting
the area. Lasting friendships have formed over the bridge table. Newtown
residents Heidi Winslow and Lou Carbone met as a chance partnership at a Danbury
club game in 1980 and remained friends although they never played again as
bridge partners until marrying in 1991.
Newtown Bridge Club plays games on Tuesdays at 10 am and 7 pm and on Wednesdays at 10 am at the Hawleyville Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road, Newtown. Starting March 10, the club will host a fourth weekly game on Mondays at 1 pm. All bridge players are welcome.
For more information, visit www.newtownbridge.org or contact the club manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 733-8525.
The Newtown Bridge Club is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). The ACBL’s 160,000 members come together for more than 2.5 million tables of play each year at 3,200 clubs and 1,100 tournaments throughout North America.