Neighborhoods play community games while observing social distancing

  • A window on Pine Street in Peterborough decorated for a neighborhood game amid the coronavirus pandemic. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/27/2020 1:43:19 PM

Neighborhoods aren’t allowing social distancing to keep them from having fun with each other.

With more time on their hands, and less contact with people, residents are looking for safe ways to interact, and still have fun. The result is several community games springing up, such as town-wide games of I-spy.

Residents of Peterborough are looking around for printed animals posted in windows or in front yards this week, in an ongoing game of I-spy that switches up what people are spying for every few days. Antrim residents are looking for letters every day, which will eventually spell out “Antrim New Hampshire.”

Celeste Lunetta, recreation director for Antrim, is organizing the I-spy game for her community. She said at least a dozen families are participating, with more joining all the time. Many people are getting creative, she said.

“Our work is to bring people together, we just have to be more creative about it now,” Lunetta said. “That’s our job in the community.”

Jeni Archer and her family have been participating in the Peterborough I-spy game.

“It gives you a sense oof community and familiarity, even if you’re just looking out your window and at your neighbors,” Archer said.

The game in Peterborough started when someone shared a post on the Peterborough Cares During COVID-19 Facebook Page about putting out shamrocks for a game on St. Patrick’s. The game was so successful, it has carried on.

It’s the kind of positivity Tina Kriebel, who created the Facebook page, was looking for when she created it, she said Tuesday.

“It was a way for the community to pull together against what we’re dealing with,” she said. “What I’m really looking for is to have it be a site for connection and for people to connect.”

Earlier this week, Archer’s family also put out a table with some of their children’s old board games – they have a board game problem in her family, she said – for a community swap. They eventually decided to take the table in, due to concerns of contamination. Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has also put out a community game swap table, to try to provide entertainment for families who are staying home together and looking for ways to fill the hours.



Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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