Much thanks to reader Linda Shumsey who sent this announcement about an upcoming tournament on Long Island. Let me know about any other Mah Jongg tournaments going on and please be sure to send photos of the event!
I was so very happy to once again receive one of Gladys Grad’s Mah Jongg Madness newsletters yesterday – I know how difficult everything has been for her since she lost her darling husband Phil a couple of weeks ago. But Gladys – also known as the Grand Master of American Style Mah Jongg Tournaments – is a strong and wonderful lady, devoted to the game of Mah Jongg and to all of the people who look forward to her newsletter, her tournaments, and everything else she does to promote the game. Gladys, it’s great to hear from you again!
Here’s a picture of Gladys with her wonderful husband, Phil.
A number of questions and comments have come in to the blog lately and so I thought I would take this chance to answer a few of them as best as possible:
The first question comes from Jill who initially wrote about the enrobed set she inherited from her grandmother: Hi Ann, Hope you are doing well! Did anyone ever respond to you about my enrobed tiles? I just picked up what appears to be a vintage Japanese Mah Jongg set. It has never been used. The label on the bottom of the case says “Kimura, Japan”. It is a very compact case with velvet lined trays. There is a booklet of directions which is titled ” Chinese Game of Four Winds”. Might you be familiar with this? Thank you! Jill
One of my favorite Mah Jongg experts, Tony Watson, has taken a shot at this (before he had a chance to see any of these photos): Without a pic it’s difficult, but I’m guessing it’s a urea resin set, small tiles with thick white top backed with thin bamboo, deeply impressed designs in a tiny suitcase. The booklet is a standard title that comes with many sets. Probably from the 60s/70s. But I’m only shooting the breeze here!
And, after Tony saw the photos, he added: Yes, probably 70s, I have a slide-top set with the same birdbam, but these dragons are very unusual for the Japanese sets, they look like those in Matthew & Johni’s mystery sets. Material is as I said before, urea, and very fine impressed designs – excellent quality, which is why they look brand new. I’m intrigued by the tiles to the top of the dragons… I can’t make out what they are, but they appear to have a 1 on them???
And you have all heard me extol the virtues of the great Mah Jongg teacher, Johni Levene, who wrote: I’m with Tony here – it seems 1970’s ish. I have one and know absolutely nothing about it but they are a nice quality and it’s pretty so I kept it.
And then Johni added more comments: Oh wait, that’s totally not the set I thought it was now that I see more tiles. Still, I think it’s the same time period. I’ve not seen it in that case before though, but it’s probably one of those private label type things. Here is one I have handy with a different bird. Its a slightly different style than hers and a bit later.
Here is a close up of the bam, not the same as the mystery set.
I love the Mah Jongg community!
Read on for more questions and comments…
I received a message from Karla (and the Chopstick Chicks!) in Woodruff, Wisconsin. There is a fund-raising Mah Jongg tournament there – the fund-raiser will benefit The Fix Is In, a mobile spay and neuter pet clinic – on August 21st and she needs our help in figuring out how to make her tournament successful. Please send me your thoughts and comments!
Here is Karla’s message and the information on the tournament. If you are in the Woodruff vicinity, please plan to attend and help support this fund-raiser.
I found your blog on-line and was wondering if you have any suggestions for promoting a MJ tournament that is being held in Woodruff, Wisconsin on August 21. I have attached the registration form. You will see that it is a fundraiser for a local non-profit. The link to the form is http://the-fix-is-in.org/Mah%20Jongg%20Registration.pdf.
Also, if you have any ideas on how to make a tournament like this successful, I would love to hear them.
I’ve received a couple of messages from Georgelle in Naples, Florida, and she would like your opinions – please send them to me. Here’s the situation:
Barbara and Susan – also known as The Mah Jongg Doctors – spent this past Sunday at a tournament in Danbury, CT. The tournament was a benefit for AAUW (The American Association of University Women – AAUW - advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research). The venue sounds as if it couldn’t have been lovelier – a lakeside location with an outdoor area to sit and chat between games.