Friday, September 25, 2020

Mah Jongg Come to Goodland


From a high of 16 members, the group poses on March 27th with 10. Some members have already migrated north for the summer. From left, first row: Kay Larsen, Susan Osborne, Natalie Siavrakas, and Linda Chamberlain. Second row: Linda VanMeter, Ilse Tessarzik, Jean Nolin, Tiki Finney, Tommie D. Moss, and Jan Bergantz. Photos by Barry Gwinn

From a high of 16 members, the group poses on March 27th with 10. Some members have already migrated north for the summer. From left, first row: Kay Larsen, Susan Osborne, Natalie Siavrakas, and Linda Chamberlain. Second row: Linda VanMeter, Ilse Tessarzik, Jean Nolin, Tiki Finney, Tommie D. Moss, and Jan Bergantz. Photos by Barry Gwinn

Mah Jongg, a tile game originating in China, came to the U.S. around 1920, and caused a bit of a sensation. Eddie Cantor even recorded a song about it – “Since Ma is Playing MAH JONG (sic).” Clubs sprang up all over the U.S. Now we have a Mah Jongg club right here in Goodland and it has turned out to be pretty popular. The gals at Drop

 

 

Anchor and Calusa Island Condos come up with some good ideas. It appears that Natalie Siavrakas, Tiki Finney, and Pam Desmet get credit for this one.

“A Mah Jongg group is a wonderful way to bring women together for the common purpose of camaraderie and mental challenge,” says Natalie Siavrakas, “Everyone is enjoying learning the game, meeting new friends, and seeing others they know. Each week we have been

Natalie Siavrakas stands by in case guidance is needed at this table.

Natalie Siavrakas stands by in case guidance is needed at this table.

welcoming new ladies joining in to learn this great game.” After a week of instruction, the group kicked off weekly sessions on March 20, playing at the Goodland Community Center every Monday at 6 PM. At their height they had four tables of four women each, with Natalie, Tiki and Pam acting as instructors.

For more information contact Tiki Finney at finnfoldt@aol.com, 248-420-3263, or Natalie Siavrakas at natsia@optionline.net, 203 831-8713.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *