The Lehigh Cavaliers like to play dominoes. So much, that they meet Thursday and Friday nights and sometimes on Saturdays. The night domino sessions are usually from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and while the club is made up of 83 members, anyone who wants to play or even learn to play dominoes is invited to sit in with them.
They are headed this weekend on Feb. 8 to a tournament at West Palm Beach where they could bring home trophies.
Tournaments are not new as some of the members travel great distances to participate in domino tournaments. They have been to tourneys in Kissimmee, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, Port Charlotte and even Fort Lauderdale.
Domino players Millicent Hall, Barbara Green and Esmeralda Marks; Carl Moore and LeRoy Stewart are standing.
Members brag that they often bring home first and second place trophies. While there are many types of games in dominoes, members say they usually play the original game where members, working in pairs sit around a table and quickly add to a domino number of pass.
When the group plays, many clank down their dominoes that can drown out local conversation, but they say that is part of the way they play the game.
The Lehigh Cavaliers are a non-profit group and are planning to give scholarships, using money from memberships and other activities. The group helps and supports one another during times of hardship such as when there may be a death in the family. Members have become a close knit group
The club began in 2002 with a membership of 14 domino players.
Officers of the Cavaliers include President Patrick Bobb, Manager Carl L. Moore, vice president Clive Cummings; recording secretary Vashti Moore; treasurer Bernadette Cummings Vernon Angel, Public Relations Officer Vernon Angel and Domino Captain Julius Small.
Many tournaments are held in the Caribbean where playing is like a national sport or pastime.
"That's where you find so many people who play dominoes coming from the Caribbean and the nearby islands.
While members are from the Caribbean islands, they would love to see others, no matter their background or ethnicity come and join them.
"We're open to anyone who loves to play dominoes. It's a great way to keep the mind stimulated and a great way to gain new friends and enjoy being with one another."