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Anyone living in or near Schofield, Wisconsin, get ready for an upcoming fun social event for Mah Jongg players including game play, lunch, and prizes!Mah Jongg on the Green

Please be sure to register by July 18th. And if you do attend, take photos!

2015 RULES!

The other day I received two emails – one from our dear friend Shirley in Canada and another from a new friend, JoAnn, in Wisconsin. By coincidence, both emails were about the same hand – the triple 2015 hand. Check out these photos and their comments. BTW, congratulations to both ladies for completing a truly wonderful hand!

From JoAnn (who won twice with this same difficult hand!): 
“What a day….
I had TWO wins of this “hole in one” hand in MahJongg today!!
Needless to say, it was a good day!”

photo 2From Shirley, who is playing with truly spectacular tiles and I would expect nothing less from her! Check out those Soaps!!

“Tonight’s Mah Jongg night at the local temple was to raise funds for the “Out of the Cold” program run by many churches and synagogues in Toronto. What made the evening more fun was that I played with women that I had never played with before and then I had this hand. Since we all forgot to bring a set I had called a friend who lived close by and she brought this nice set along. Now I have to pretty it up with some nice Joker stickers.”



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

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 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!

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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.

Hello Ann,
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.
Many thanks,

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Two readers have asked for my help and now I turn to all of you…can you help?

As many of you know, I dream of owning an enrobed Mah Jongg set.

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Well, it’s been several weeks since I was able to post about Mah Jongg and me – I am now recovering at home from successful knee replacement surgery and am so very happy to be here!

And just as I was about to post another unusual Mah Jongg set, I received an email from Connie Vandre, a Mah Jongg teacher in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Posted here are pictures from the Sheboygan Senior Activity Center where Connie teaches and where she also plays weekly. These pictures are from their annual Mah Jongg tournament, conducted as a fundraiser for the Center.

If you live in the Sheboygan area and are looking for a Mah Jongg teacher – or just want to join in some weekly games – contact Connie at cvandre@charter.net.




And here are the winners of the 2013 Sheboygan Senior Activity Center’s Mah Jongg Tournament. Congratulations!