Gather: Card Games

Gather: Card Games

At LONGER TABLES you are welcome and belong. Sit, listen, share, repeat.

We encourage and long talks and SLOWER SIPS. We get together for food and fellowship with cocktails raised in a toast. Slow sips around a table with old and new friends. We can be the conduit for conversation and celebration. For us, Camp is about the gathering.


For Slower Sips: Speed


Dealer sets 2 cards face down side by side in the middle. On either side of those, dealer deals a pile of 5 cards. The dealer then deals 5 cards to each player. The remainder of the deck is divided between the two players.


To be the first person to discard all their cards.


Each player looks at their hand of 5 cards (without showing it). Then each player flips over one of the two middle cards so that both are face up. Either player can then start playing on these cards by discarding a sequential card (either up or down) on top. When a player discards a card, they must draw a new card from their pile so that they have 5 cards in their hand at all times. If neither player can play on the facing cards, new cards from the piles to the side of the middle can be flipped over. Play continues until one player runs out of cards in their hand and pile and wins.


For Longer Tables: Spoons

This game is fun and easy for groups of any size or age. Often results in wild laughter and merriment.


To collect 4 of kind.

Set Up

Dealer deals 4 cards to each player and keeps the remainder of the deck to start play. A number of spoons--one less than the number of players are placed in the middle of the table.

How to Play

Play begins with the dealer picking up the first card from the remaining deck. They can either keep it and discard from their hand (no player may keep more than 4 cards in their hand at a time) or pass it to the player to their left. Player to the left picks up the dealer’s discard and can either keep it and discard or pass it on. This continues until someone gets four of a kind. That person discreetly takes a spoon from the middle. Any other player may then also take a spoon. The player who doesn’t end up with a spoon is out. Play starts over and continues until one player remains.