Re: Cohousing Games?!
From: lilbert (
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 08:33:05 -0600 (MDT)

I got the impression that what was meant was more along the lines of social
activities not involving meetings. Of course, every time three or more
cohousers end up talking, it turns into a meeting anyway.

We have game night, where people come to the CH and bring a game they like,
or cards or something. This has included scrabble, bridge, poker, and
various parlor games. We have also had group nights at local events, this
weekend being the baseball night at our local minor league club. We've had
men's' and women's' nights out at the local pub or bowling alley. Someone
was just telling me how her friend said that what they do in their
neighborhood is have a pink flamingo that people put on their lawns when
they want to host a  party at their house. It's strictly BYOB, and you just
show up on that person's lawn and chat. That sounds really workable for

There's more, but I'm off to work.
Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: LScottr2go [at]
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Re: Cohousing Games?!
>Date: Fri, Jul 14, 2000, 2:11 PM

> In a message dated 7/14/2000 5:31:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time, h-mead [at] 
> writes:
> << What are games cohousing people have created and have had fun with? >>
> There are so many, I couldn't begin to describe them all.  I get some of them
> from books; some I dream up.
>      For instance, for one closing we passed out bubble gum, numbered off in
> two's, and each pair attempted to unwrap their gum, soften it up enough to
> start blowing, and blow a simultaneous bubble.  It required great teamwork
> and non-verbal cues.  I was laughing so hard I spit my gum into my partner's
> lap.
>     "Find the pruey" was fun.  One person is the pre-designated pruey.  The
> group members wander around with eyes shut.  If you bump into someone, you
> say "pruey".  It they're not "the pruey", they say "pruey" back.  You'll know
> you've bumped into the pruey, because they will be silent and not say "pruey"
> back.  When you find the pruey, you then become part of the pruey and stand
> there with them.  Eventually the whole group becomes one big pruey.
>     There are internet sites for games, one book I ordered about 100 ways to
> have great meetings (or something like that) had a lot of nice ideas.  An
> old, old book from the library with "parlor games" had some fun stuff;
> "energizers" is one keyword you will often find.
>     A couple of weeks ago, it didn't seem like we really felt like playing (I
> always ask - sometimes the atmosphere is too tense or volatile).  But we
> started a game where people put an object on the table in the middle, and
> then we passed it around the circle, and everyone got a chance to do some
> kind of improv with the object - miming use of it in some way.  Some folks
> were delightfully creative this way; some weren't and would pass, but
> everybody seemed to really enjoy it.  We loosened up and got better at it
> after a few rounds.
>     When we started including play in our meetings, a couple of people told
> me they didn't like to play - they felt more comfortable with ritual or
> structured activities like that.  But the feedback has been very positive,
> even from the ones who were worried about  not being "good" at playing.
>     If anybody wants some book titles, write back and I'll haul my stuff up
> from the car where it lives and try to pin a few sources down.
>     Good luck!  Linda Scott (Cascadia Commons Cohousing, Portland, OR)

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