GRITS – Lots Of Fun, But No Games?

The annual GRITS tournament in South Carolina is over for the year, but the photos live on.

On The Verandah

On The Verandah

Swag includes hand-made hat designed by Peggy Grant

Swag includes hand-made hat designed by Peggy Grant

Opening Night Reception

Opening Night Reception

Stairway to ?

View From The Deck

View From The Deck

GRITS at dinner

Janice Kaye, Julia Bailey, Angela Dancho, Lynda Finn relax in the hot tub

Janice Kaye, Julia Bailey, Angela Dancho, Lynda Finn relax in the hot tub

Photos from Peggy Grant and Melissa Brown

Surfers Cruise Alaska

The Surfers

Barbara VanAlen and Larry Rand conducted another outstanding cruise for Word Game Players, then followed it up with the 25th annual Portland tournament – Surf and Turf.  Here are the intrepid Surfers as they returned from Alaska.


Here’s a poor fellow that missed the boat.  Totem

Photos from the VanRand photo gallery,

Winners of the 25th Annual Portland, Oregon Tournament

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Third division winners Phil Seitzer, Orhan Orgun, Heidi Hugli, and Leesa Bergeron.  Second division Kolton Koehler, Marc Levesque, Gunther Jacobi, Chris Tallman, and Paula Catanese.  Not pictured, Alan Meyer.  First division Conrad Bassett-Bouchard, Noah Walton, Jon Shreve.

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High loss Noah, Gunther, Heidi.   High win Conrad, Kolton, Phil.

Larry and afghan

Larry Rand won the raffle.

LDW 14 Late Bird

Late Bird winners Kolton Koehler, Larry Rand, Gunther Jacobi, Betty Cornelison


Directors of the Portland Labor Day Weekend Tournament, past and present:  Larry Rand, Rich Moyer, Dave Johnson, Ruth Hamilton, Vail Palmer.  Not present:  Fontes, Karen Merrill.


Party Time in Portland

Even though this was the Turf portion of Surf and Turf, we enjoyed dinner and companionship at the Newport Seafood Grill, a restaurant that is anchored on the Willamette River. Jeannie and HelaineNewport 2Newport 3Newport 1



We’re One Thousand Strong!

WGPO has reached a milestone.  Our one-thousandth member joined last month.  Tom Campbell added his name to our roster in preparation for the Portland Labor Day Weekend tournament.  Executive Committee members Larry Rand (left) and Keith Hagel (right) presented Tom (center) with a commemorative certificate and a new OWL .1000th member

Author! Author!

WGPO members and ardent word enthusiasts Maliha Mahmood and Norman Wei have recently published books that are entertaining study guides.  Both are available at

MalihaThe Plant Kingdom Word List is an alphabetical listing of plants and plant-associated words, accompanied by lovely illustrations.

Wei BookWord Games Anagrams and More enhances anagram study with humorous illustrations, and has a number of other tricks for learning and retaining unusual words.  See details at