North Adams Transcript
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Local senior citizens tested their knowledge and memory as contestants on a game most were quite familiar with -- "Family Feud" at the Harper Center Tuesday afternoon.
Gary Card of the Tenant Assistance Program, which is part of the Massachusetts Housing Program, hosted a version of the classic television game show in which 16 people participated hoping their answers matched what the "survey says."
"When I watch it on TV, it looks easy. When I’m playing it, it’s a little harder," Pat Picard said.
Claire Bedard of North Adams agreed.
"I like watching ‘Family Feud’ on TV, but I’m not too fond of participating in it," she said. "Although, it’s a good way to pass the afternoon."
Eleanor Ostrander said she wished she were a little smarter, but the game was still fun and exciting to play.
"It’s challenging, too," she said.
As part of Gary Card’s version of the game, he posted eight answers to a question face down on a three-sided black poster board, flipping the answers over as people guessed them.
Once a team gave four answers that weren’t listed, the challenging team had a chance to win the round.
Each member of the winning team got a piece of candy.
"It makes you think, and it’s a group activity, so it makes it fun," Renate Shafer said.
She said the game provides an opportunity for her and other senior citizens to act like children by encouraging each other, giving those who answered questions wrong a hard time and trying to give someone an answer even though that person is supposed to figure it out on her own.
Picard, Ostrander and Shafer were three of eight players who made up the red team, which faced eight other people on the black team.
While the red team won the first three rounds -- and subsequently three pieces of candy per person -- when it came to the "fast money" round, the red team couldn’t cash in for the ultimate prize of packages of eight candy bars.
Marion Duncan said she had never watched "Family Feud" before, and the game was all new to her.
"It’s very nice, and there are challenging questions," she said.
One of those questions asked the seniors to name some things young children don’t like to do, while another asked them to name an animal that was white.
While they enthusiastically gave answers ranging from going to bed to eating vegetables for the former question, and from polar bears to rabbits for the latter, the teams struggled to provide all the answers in the survey.
Tuesday was the first time the Harper Center hosted the game, which was done through Proprietors Fields. Proprietors Fields is the elderly housing complex next to the Harper Center off Church Street. The housing complex is managed by Berkshire Housing Services.
"It seemed like a fun thing to do. It makes you think and use your brain, and everybody knows it," Brian T. O’Grady, executive director of the Williamstown Council on Aging, said.
Ida Patella, resident service coordinator with Berkshire Housing Services, said Proprietors Fields is allowed to chose from four free education and entertainment programs associated with the Massachusetts Housing Program each year. "Family Feud" was one of them.
"In chatting with the residents, a lot of them seemed to enjoy trivia games, so I thought we could try out this game," Patella said. "It’s just trial and error right now."
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