WHEN: Wednesday afternoons, October 28th through November 18th
WHERE: Astoria Senior Center
WHO: Madeline Gobel
WHAT: The American version of the popular Chinese game of Mah Jongg. Last year, during our study of Chinese culture, Madeline and Agnes Brown briefly introduced us to both the traditional game and the Yankee hybrid. Just a brief glance at its history proves fascinating. Tile and card games have been played in the Orient for over a thousand years, and Mah Jongg is considered a modern (post-1880s) gambling game that combines aspects of both. It probably descended from a card game called Ma-Tiao and may have originated in the Cantonese Court, "famous for its hedonistic pursuits." That's good enough for me; I don't like to wager (and we won't play for money), but I've always admired the beauty of the tiles & really want to know more about this elegant, sophisticated game. Madeline has played most of her adult life, so that should make her well-suited to show us what it's all about.
September 18 -- Board meeting, 2-4 pm, Warrenton Community Center
September 28 -- Fall quarter classes begin
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