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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Couples made faces, laughed and smiled during the “Not-So-Newlywed Game” event hosted by Marine Corps Community Services Tarawa Terrace Community Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Feb 11. The game night was the first adult event that TTCC has hosted. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pvt. Nik S. Phongsisattanak)

Photo by Pvt. Nik Phongsisattanak

Couples play a game, learn how well they know one another at TTCC

24 Feb 2011 | Pvt. Nik S. Phongsisattanak

With love still fresh in the air, lit candles and enough sweets to please Willy Wonka’s tooth, a romantic evening such as this might make Cupid shoot another round of arrows.

Couples attended the first “Not-So-Newlywed Game” event hosted by Marine Corps Community Services’ Tarawa Terrace Community Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to enjoy an entertaining and eye-opening night, recently.

The game night was the first adult event that TTCC has ever held and free to anyone with access to the community center.

“This was a collaborative effort of the (MCCS staff),” said Lorraine Fuller, a recreational specialist with MCCS. “We decided that we wanted to focus on doing something for the adults this year, not just the kids, and what better way to do that than to have fun and test how much you know your about spouse.”

A total of five couples were able to attend, despite the weather. They were seated at tables covered with rose pedals, paired wine glasses and lit candles. Velvet cake decorated with hearts, as well as cheese, crackers and a variety of drinks were available to the participants while they were given instructions on how to play the game.

Each couple was a team competing against the others. The wives and husbands were split up and then wrote down answers to questions pertaining to their spouse. They answered questions such as “What is the most your wife has spent on shoes?” or “Where did you have your first date with your spouse?”  Then the couples were brought back together and revealed the answers to each other, and if their answers matched up they were given a given a point.

The game revealed how well, or how not-so-well couples knew about one another. Matching answers may increase a personal score that a spouse might be updating. One participant said answering the wrong answer might put him on the couch, but the night was all in fun.

“The experience was very rewarding,” said Staff Sgt. Terrell L. Robinson, a supply administration and operations specialist with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. “It lets you see how your spouse thinks and it gives you another perspective. (MCCS) does spectacular events, and we try to get into as many as possible. I’d recommend this event to anyone who wants to have a fun time.”

All of the participants were given a heart shaped box of chocolates. The couple with the most points at the end of the game also received a CD full of romantic tunes and a bottle wine, second place received wine and third place won a dice game made for couples.

Although there were only five couples that participated, the energy from everyone kept the room full and it was clear that Cupid received his invite from MCCS.

“The thing I enjoyed most about the event were all of the smiles and laughs that the couples shared,” said Ryan Kephas, a recreation assistant with MCCS. “I would have loved to take part in this event, and I encourage a lot of people to come out to the other events.”

For more information on MCCS events at Tarawa Terrace Community Center visit or call 450-1687.