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Have you often thought about playing in a Mah Jongg tournament but just don’t know what to expect? Well, our friends at Dragons on the Green have just the solution – and this is really a great idea! How about a “mini Mah Jongg tournament” where all the ins and outs of tournament play are explained before the games begin – this is what Judy and Bonnie are offering. Read on…

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A while ago I wrote a posting about the new venue for the Dragons on the Green tournament  to be held on December 17th at the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. For those of you lucky enough to live in or around the Tampa area, here is the registration form. Judy and Bonnie hold such fun tournaments – if you are in the area, be sure to sign up for this great event! Any questions? Email Bonnie at bonniewise@live.com or Judy at HayJude1959@gmail.comscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-35-56-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-06-at-6-36-18-pm

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screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-12-26-46-pmI received an exciting message from our dear friends, Judy Serrapica and Bonnie Wise – the brains behind Dragons on the Green Mah Jongg . Read on to learn about their great news and maybe, just maybe, you will see me there in the near future! If you are going to be anywhere near the Tampa area on Saturday, December 17th, please sign up for this great tournament…Bonnie and Judy sponsor these tournaments to support charities and this tournament will be supporting the JCC.

As you know, we are always on the search for new venues to hold our Dragons on the Green Mah Jongg tournaments.  Well, we now have one secured for Saturday, December 17th at the soon-to-be-opening (December 11th) Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa located at 522 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606.  We are very excited about this venue as we will be holding their very 1st Mah Jongg Tournament and having the JCC be our charity for this event.    

 The room we have booked is big and beautiful and we are looking for vendors to join us.  So, if you know of anyone (and those of you who have asked in the past), please contact either Bonnie or me via email at hayjude1959@gmail.com or bonniewise@live.com.

Please check out the new JCC to get information on memberships and their exciting programs.  https://www.bryanglazerfamilyjcc.com/

 Be on the lookout for our registration flyer which will have all the details, including lunch choices.  We hope you will be able to join us then for Friends, Fun, & Philanthropy.   
Judy & Bonnie



Yesterday was a special day – Judy S arrived at LaGuardia around 10am and headed right over to chez moi. From the moment she walked in until she left, we never stopped talking! Although we only met in person for the first time in July at the Destination Mah Jongg Tournament, it is as if we have been friends forever. Judy is such a thoughtful and giving person – she walked in loaded with fabulous gifts for me. And I love them all – a magnetic clip for my refrigerator…img_1763Mah Jongg coasters – I LOVE these and I know they will get a lot of use!img_1764A purse-sized measuring tape – perfect for using when you are out and about and need to measure tiles or tables or whatever! And, in case you haven’t figured it out, Judy is one of the two CEOs of Dragons on the Green Mah Jongg (Bonnie Wise is her  partner in the business) – the company that gives all of those wonderful tournaments in the greater Tampa area. BTW, if you live around Tampa, Judy and Bonnie are also great Mah Jongg teachers. Send me a message if you are interested in taking lessons from them and I will send you their contact information. img_1766And a Mah Jongg fabric case to hold my NMJL card – what great gifts!!! I can’t wait until everyone sees my card in this case!img_1767After talking away for a couple of hours, we decided it was time for lunch and headed over to the local neighborhood hangout, The Beach Cafe, for a great hamburger. img_1761Afterward we headed back to my apartment for hours and hours of Siamese Mah Jongg. All in all, the perfect day!img_1762BTW, I must admit that Judy beat the pants off of me today – she is such a great MJ player!


Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 11.39.04 AMAre you ever confused as to where and when the next tournament is being held? Would you like a schedule of Mah Jongg cruises? Have you been looking for a Mah Jongg blog or website to follow? Well, search no more…Fern Oliphant in Tampa, Florida  and Sheryl Perry in Bellmore, New York, have put together a comprehensive website and Facebook page – Destination Mah Jongg that pretty much says it all. Eight qualifier tournaments (along with all policies and rules plus you can actually register and pay right from this site), cruise information, and websites and blogs are all listed with the necessary links. As the website says, “A community for beginners and seasoned American Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game you love to play – “

But the really big news about this website is that the series of 8 qualifier tournaments will lead up to the 1st Inaugural Mah Jongg World Championship in Las Vegas on July 22 – 24, 2016: “Mah Jongg, it’s not your grandmother’s game anymore. In a bold move, Destination Mah Jongg grabs this game by its tiles and offers the largest payday in American Mah Jongg tournament history and announces 2016 Mah Jongg World Championship to be hosted by Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.”

Here’s the official write-up: “Mah Jongg players rejoice and are dusting off their game tables. In the past few years there has been a huge resurgence in the game of Mah Jongg as well as interest for more tournaments. Today’s Mah Jongg play is a long way off from your Grandma’s game. Fern Oliphant from Tampa Florida and Sheryl Perry from 4 Winds Mah Jongg in New York have partnered together and have created Destination Mah Jongg and the Mah Jongg World Championship, soon to be a history making event and company. Destination Mah Jongg will be the host of high stakes Mah Jongg Tournaments around the country all leading up to the Mah Jongg World Championship where the best of the best will be invited to come and play. We proudly partnered Destination Mah Jongg with the Westgate, Las Vegas for the Championship to be held on July 22-24 2016.Destination Mah Jongg’s website (www.destinationmahjongg.com) an aggregator where you can find all things Mah Jongg. A community for beginners and seasoned Mah Jongg players, a destination to delight, engage and fill you with knowledge about the game we love to play. It is a source for Mah Jongg News, Tournaments and Cruises from around the country on an interactive map. It is a place to visit and find all your favorite FB pages and Mah Jongg Bloggers. In coming months, you will be able to find teachers around the country, events around the country, unique Mah Jongg sets and products. Destination Mah Jongg came from the love of the game. Luckily we sometimes get a chance just to do what we love.. We welcome all and hope you enjoy the site and our qualifiers as much as we enjoyed building it.”

Congratulations for a job well done and a website that we all will enjoy!Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 11.39.29 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-20 at 11.39.47 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-20 at 11.40.08 AM