Marsha Reall can't say enough nice things about bridge, her favorite card game that has millions of followers around the globe.

Marsha Reall can't say enough nice things about bridge, her favorite card game that has millions of followers around the globe.

But she's certainly not all talk. The bridge expert and enthusiast will bring her skills to German Village.

Starting in May, Reall will teach everyone, from beginners to intermediate players, at a series of new classes at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

The charge is $80 for four classes, which start May 8. Classes for beginners will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and refresher courses will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

People can sign up by emailing Reall at mdreall@columbus.rr.com or calling her at (614) 754-7877.

If enough interest is generated, the classes could lead to regular games at the Meeting Haus, she said.

"You can never play enough bridge," she said. "That's truly my philosophy."

She said the game involves competition, strategy, logic and social interaction. Contract bridge, the most popular style of the card game, involves two teams of two playing with a standard deck.

The object is to win as many tricks as possible.

In one sense, Reall makes it sound easy.

"The object of the game is to bid with your partner to make the best contract available, and if you win the auction, you want to make your bid," she said.

But then again, each deck has billions of combinations, she said.

Reall said America has more than 3,200 bridge clubs. She is a member and teacher at the Columbus Bridge Center on Bethel Road.

Anyone can learn how to play, but it usually involves people with a lot of free time, she said.

"A lot of my students are people who played bridge 30 years ago," she said. "They had families, they had jobs and now they're getting ready to retire and get back into it."

The bridge classes are just the latest effort to create multifaceted, multigenerational programming at the Brent Warner Fest Hall, the second-story space at the Meeting Haus.

"The thing that I like about this bridge class is that it's taken off all on its own, that it was a member's idea we were able run with and that it kicks off our efforts to do more programming at (the) Fest Hall," said Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society.