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 DropAnchor 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 beenwelcoming 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.