Cordley Chess Club checks their mates at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Cordley Elementary School Chess Club Commences Play at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market.

Cordley Elementary School Chess Club Commences Play at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. by Linda Cottin

It’s been a great summer run, but with fall in the air and classes back in session, the Cordley Elementary School Chess Club will play their last official public games of the season at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market this Thursday, August 16, 2012.

Since the first weeks in May, Cordley students have set the tables and taken on all challengers’ center stage at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market. Throughout the summer students from more than a dozen other schools joined the fun, helping to create an ongoing weekly multi-generational chess tournament where young and old, talented and untalented, serious and not-so-serious players shared a moment or two in time and got to know each other over a friendly game of checks and mates.

Concentration is key during a challenging game of chess.

Concentration is key during a challenging game of chess. by Linda Cottin

Cordley chess club parents chipped in together to purchase almost a dozen tournament chess sets and a couple of pop-up canopies to cover the tournament area. Cottin’s Hardware & Rental staff members took responsibility for setting up the chess tables each week and volunteers assisted in cleaning up the area at the close of each market. The students benefited, not only from the opportunity to hone their skills on a weekly basis, but also from the chance to practiced social skills, patience and sportsman etiquette with community members from all walks of life.

Cordley Elementary School Chess Tables at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market.

Cordley Elementary School Chess Tables at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. by Linda Cottin

If you haven’t had a chance to sit across the table from one of these talented and friendly gladiators, come on down to Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market this Thursday, August 16 and pull up a chair. The tables will be set and ready for play from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Along with friendly chess games, Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will boast a wide array of fresh local produce. Mojo National will be on hand to set the mood with their eclectic mix of Django jazz and Global Café will fire up the grill once again to serve hot delicious green-chili laced entrees to hungry market patrons.

Chard, Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Okra and more from Wakarusa Valley Farm at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market.

Chard, Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Okra and more from Wakarusa Valley Farm at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. by Linda Cottin

Stony Ridge Farms will have Blushing White Peaches, Yellow Flesh Rio Oro Peaches, Starking Pears, Bosc Pears, farm fresh chicken and duck eggs and their usual selection of delicious bake goods. Lone Star Farms will have apples, potatoes, cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes. Backyard Produce will arrive with a host of freshly picked micro greens and Wakarusa Valley Farms will have a wide selection of produce coupled with their always delicious locally grown mushrooms. Other market highlights include fresh, non-gmo corn from Willing Horse Farms, Asian pears and assorted apples from Fieldstone Orchard, summer squash, peppers, okra, and more from Avery’s Produce, and fresh bake goods and assorted produce from Martin Farm.

Abundant Life Natural Organic, Fair Trade, Loose Leaf Teas at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market.

Abundant Life Natural Organic, Fair Trade, Loose Leaf Teas at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. by Linda Cottin

Abundant Life Naturals will show up with their wonderful selection of organic, fair-trade loose leaf teas, coupled with some of their own garden produce and Falley Harley Hills Farm will arrive with the remainder of their organically grown heirloom watermelons and musk melons. Pork rinds from Cooks BBQ, foodstuffs from New Boston Market, homespun wool and fresh produce from Pinwheel Farm and live plants from Vinland Valley Nursery will round out the market selection. Lamborn Farms will have a selection of their grass fed beef and pasture raised pork, Iwig Dariy will have ice cream and nuts and Free State Brewing will serve up their locally brewed beers.

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the back parking lot of Cottin's Hardware & Rental.

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the back parking lot of Cottin's Hardware & Rental. by Linda Cottin

Come join the fun at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market for an unseasonably cool August market – this Thursday, from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm in the back parking lot of Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS.

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blindrabbit 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like times have really changed at Cordley, chess!!!. In the 50's it was dodgeball, marbles (knuckles down, in the dirt) (clearies obtained from Grant's Pet Shop) and mumblety-peg. Principal Hazel Lee Simmons was especially nervous about the mumblety-peg events, luckly, no one was ever injured (as far is I know)

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