Madison, Wisconsin, Summer 2018

From Lynda Finn:

Congrats to Charles Reinke, the Gibsonized winner of the Madison Summer Tourney. Second place came down to the last game where Ian Weinstein and Thomas Reinke battled for the prize, with Ian emerging victoriously. Mary Aline Stevens won the performance prize. Division two was decided by the last game where David John Carlson needed to defeat Linda Stratton to catch her to finish on top. He did that just that, taking first place. Linda Stratton finished second, and Vicki Zimny third. Performance prizes went to James Nalepka and Diana Ittner.
Charles Reinke

Charles Reinke

Ian Weinstein

Ian Weinstein

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens

David Carlson

David Carlson

Linda Stratton

Linda Stratton

Vicki Zimny

Vicki Zimny

Fun prizes were a mix of wonderful hand crafted items donated by Helen Flores and Mary Becker, and scrabble related goods donated by Lynda Finn. Fun prizes were as follows: Ian Weinstein, Division 1 high game; Jason Vaysberg, Division 1 high loss; Mary Stevens, Division 1, high play; Sam Smith, Division 1, most letters in June Second; Vicki Zimny, Division 2, high game; Diana Ostrander, Division 2, high loss; Patricia Yovonovitz, Division 2, most letters in June Second; Diana Ittner, Overall most letters in Word Cup Eight
Special thanks to Helen Flores and Mary Becker for donating the fun prizes. Special thanks to Jason Vaysberg for help with directing and Emily Jones for data entry and much additional assistance. The weather was wonderful, the hotel was luxurious, the company was outstanding and Middleton provided many wonderful nearby dining options.

Word Cup VIII – Let’s play Collins

From Director Bennett Jacobstein:  We are pleased to announced that a player has agreed to donate $1000 to the Collins prize pool for our upcoming 8th Word Cup in Burbank, CA, on the condition that ten players participate in the division. We already have seven confirmed players, so if just a few more sign up, we can guarantee a first prize of $1500.

See the birthplace

Jack Eichenbaum

Jack Eichenbaum

Jack Eichenbaum is conducting a tour.

Jackson Heights:  Garden Apartments, Ethnic Commerce and the Birthplace of Scrabble®  

Saturday,  July 21   5:30-7:30 PM

Early in the twentieth century, in conjunction with the building of the #7 train, Jackson Heights was planned as an innovative upper middle class garden apartment community based on suburban developments in northern European cities. Alfred Butts, an architect and the inventor of Scrabble® was among early residents. He designed the community room for the Methodist church where his wife played the game with her friends and where street signs reflect Scrabble®.  Commercial Jackson Heights has been transformed by immigration from an exclusive WASP enclave to a South Asian and South American mecca. We’ll end proximate to a great variety of restaurants and dinner suggestions will be distributed. Meet in front of Delhi Heights restaurant 74 St/37 Rd. (#7, E,F,R to 74 St/Roosevelt Ave.)    $20 fee collected at the start of the walk. You must register in advance (email jaconet@aol.com) which I will confirm, hold you on a waiting list or advise of a sellout.  This tour is being scheduled in conjunction with a (NASPA) tournament commencing the next morning!

Lester Schonbrun – we remember you

Joan and Lester circa 1987

Joan and Lester circa 1987

We continued a tradition with the 5th Annual Lester Schonbrun Memorial Tournament, held at the Pruneyard in Campbell, California.  Steve Pellinen directed.  A highlight was Steve’s reading of a humorous tale about Lester written by Jim Kramer.  We did play 20 rounds in all seriousness, too.  Results:  Lester5Standard and Lester5Collins.

Always competitive, Paula had to have more lemon slices than Jeannie

Always competitive, Paula had to have more lemon slices than Jeannie.    Photo by Scott Smith

Winners

Winners     Photo by Jeannie Wilson

 

 

Miami to Lisbon – Rough seas, but successful tournament

From Maureen Morris:

Wind up dinner and awards night

Wind up dinner and awards night

The crossing from Miami was a little rocky at times and because of the weather we bypassed the Azores and instead spent a fabulous day in Madeira . The weather took its toll on Cheryl one day where she had to forfeit 3 games in favour of her bed.
I think the biggest toll was taken in the restaurants and buffet though, truth be told.

Tournament results:  Lisbon results

White Night bbq with dining and dancing poolside

White Night bbq with dining and dancing poolside

Maureen and Lilia golfing in Lisbon

Maureen and Lilia golfing in Lisbon

Private champagne cocktail party hosted by the hotel director Phillip and cruise director Tony .

Private champagne cocktail party hosted by the hotel director Phillip and cruise director Tony .

Sintra Castle

Sintra Castle

Word Cup is coming – be ready

These socks, when completed, will be in the silent auction

These socks, when completed, will be in the silent auction

Word Cup 8 is scheduled for July 7-11, 2018, at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California.

The fundraising committee has ambitious plans for a silent auction.  You can help now by pledging to donate an item.  See details here:  word-cup-2018/request-for-donations.  And be prepared to browse through some interesting and unique items at the tournament.