Back in 2007, I wrote about the game "Cornhole"which I had just heard about. Since then, it has become an ingrained part of our social life - thanks to my discovery, friends of ours created boards that have been used at numerous parties and traveled to several states. We even had them at our wedding reception! In addition, I've seen it show up in a lot of other places, not the least of which was seeing some pre-fab boards in the seasonal aisle of Target and Walmart this past summer. Clearly I was onto something.
Tonight, I was sitting here watching the "Rust Belt" episode of Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations. During the course of the show, he visited Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo. While in Detroit, he visited the Cadieux Cafe, where he participated in a game of Feather Bowling.
Could this be the next Cornhole? It requires a bit more work and isn't as portable as Cornhole, but it looks like a blast. Let me describe it: there is a what looks like a bowling alley in the floor that isn't flat, but rather is rounded, like a half pipe. At one end is a feather sticking out of the floor - yes, a feather. At the other end are people holding "balls" that look like squat rounds of cheese - they are rounded, but flat on each end. Kinda like an over sized Gouda or mini Parmesan cheese wheel.
The object of the game is a bit like bocce or horseshoes: roll the ball towards the feather, and try to be the closest to the feather after all the balls have been thrown. Like any great, addictive game, it is incredibly simple, easy to understand, but difficult to master. I now want to travel to Detroit just to give this game a try. If anyone has ever played it, please let me know if it is as much fun as it looks!