Portland, the Landing on the Rideau
Definition: In Italy tombola is a very common family game played at Christmas, similar to bingo, the English version so popular in the United Kingdom, Ireland and, under many forms, all around the world. In Italy at Christmas Eve playing tombola is a must, with all the relatives united around grandparents and small children shouting when they win a prize (adults usually don’t call a prize if there are children around, to let them win).
The annual Tombola was something we excitedly anticipated every year and it was held in the skating rink area of the community hall. There were games of chance (paddles and bingo are the two I remember best) and evening entertainment such as wrestling or live music. My favourite memory is of meeting Fuzzy Q. Jones as I was a big fan of the old western movies and couldn’t believe he was really in our little town! I really wished he had brought Lash Larue along with him though….. 🙂