Just another Mahjong Monday in Norwich
And the winner is . . .
Good Morning Norwich,
As I walked past the outside patio dining area of the Norwich Inn recently , I stopped to visit with a group of ladies who appeared to be playing some sort of game called Mahjong.
I did a little research on line to learn more about this game and have supplied some info here.
The game is played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, although some regional variations may omit some tiles or add unique ones. In most variations, each player begins by receiving 13 tiles. In turn, players draw and discard tiles until they complete a legal hand using the 14th drawn tile to form four melds (or sets) and a pair (eye).
A player can also win with a small class of special hands. While many variations of mahjong exist, most variations have some basic rules in common including how a piece is drawn and discarded, how a piece is robbed from another player, the use of suits (numbered tiles) and honors (winds and dragons), the basic kinds of melds allowed, how to deal the tiles and the order of play. Beyond these basic common rules, numerous regional variations exist which may have notably different criteria for legal melds and winning hands, radically different scoring systems and even elaborate extra rules. A group of players may introduce their own house rules which can notably change the feel of play.
All smiles here ( I think these ladies know how to play this game)
And there just might be some competition from this table
There may have been a winner amongst these players, however the real winner on this day was the Norwich Lions club. Why you ask?
I was on my way over to the Children’s Art Studio to sell Miss Lani a Meadow Muffin for the Lion’s club Meadow Muffin contest and happened to have my clip board of meadow muffin deeds with me. Yes, these ladies all bought one and now you know the rest of the story. ( Miss Lani bought one as well)
The Norwich Fair this year will be held on Aug 11-14 and the Meadow Muffin contest is on the 14th.
Here is some more info from the Norwich Lions club 2022 Meadow Muffins Contest, whereby participants “buy” one or more numbered plots of land in a fenced-in area for $20 each, for which an assigned, randomized number matching a corresponding “deed” has been assigned to each plot. See: https://norwichlionsclub.org/2021-meadow-muffin-contest/. The net proceeds benefit a variety of community organizations through our annual grants program.
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