Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Off to Piscataway, New Jersey.

The doctors are off to Piscataway, New Jersey for a tournament this weekend.  This tournament is organized by Joanne Bourne of Four Seasons Mah Jongg Tournaments.  We love Joanne's tournaments and try to go as often as possible.

The games go from Friday night to Sunday at noon.  The tourney is held in an Embassy Suites hotel where players stay.  The hotel is great, the games are fun and most meals are included (except Sat. night dinner, when you're on your own)

We are looking forward to great, fast-paced mah jongg, and schmoozing with friends. We also look forward to playing with the variety of mah jongg sets that are used during the competition. Each set tells a story, and like fashion, each makes a statement.  My mah jongg set is vintage 1950’s and was my mother’s. I love the worn tiles, the stickered jokers, and the Bakelite racks and dice. The sets we will see this weekend have tiles that are often multi colored, glittered, striped or layered, even jumbo sized! The jokers are often engraved with names, initials, or sayings.  At many tables the racks are enhanced with pushers. And the dice…often sparkled and spangled. In the course of the weekend we will play with 16 different sets. I hope my favorite set, the one with the calming seafoam colored layered tiles will make an appearance! 

We know we’re in for a fun time! We will give you our play by play once we return.

~ Barbara

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