If it’s Labor Day on Dewees, it’s the annual Dammit!ball competition. This is a game that is usually played with small wooden balls, but if you have either lost them or don’t have them, bocce balls will work just fine. In previous years, the winner of the contest also won the dubious honor of hosting the next year’s tournament. Unsurprisingly, that led to contestants throwing the game at the last minute, so in 2012 the rules changed and the second place winner now gets the honor. Our unofficial family member, Elsa, remarked that “You’re really lucky to be in a community that does this sort of thing.” We agree.
Last year, our guests, the Perrin’s, came in second, so we won the responsibility for this year’s. (Hopefully the Perrin’s will return next year.) Lucky for everyone, Michael and Kelly Ross are always willing to help out (bringing players and goodies, organizing teams, etc.) In fact, the Ross family was represented by FOUR generations of people enjoying the beach.
The Dewees Island annual Dammit!ball is usually scheduled for the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on when low tide happens. This year, low tide was in the morning, and the double elimination tournament took quite a while. Michael and Kelly won both the crown and the honor of hosting next year.
We talked about how to play Dammit!ball on this post several years back. Recently, we had two guests post on our blog, claiming credit for inventing Dammit!ball in the 1970’s. Tom Freeland says: “Dammit was started in 1973 by Tom Freeland, Tom Templeton and Tom Meacham at Surfside, Beach. Please read the magazine (Charleston’s Blique) , September 2007 (page 5) for the real story. Tom (Mr. Dammit ) Freeland.” Tom Templeton weighed in with “The game was originally known as hole ball and only had one frizbee size hole on each end. Mr. Freeland added the second smaller hole because that’s where his rolls always went. He also changed the name of the game ( SELF EXPLANATORY ). We actually came up with it by watching two guys from Scotland play with a 6″+/- stone that was flat on one side and round on the other. They said it was a national pasttime there.” Mr. Freeland and Mr. Templeton are welcome to come join us for next year’s
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