Mah Jongg Meet-Up set for Oct. 2 at Millenium Center

Staff Report

Mah Jongg is a very exciting tile game (obtain more info at, involving skill, strategy, calculation and a certain degree of chance. It is being played all around Rockford (in the U.S. and all over the world as well) in homes and at public meeting places. (It is NOT however, the solitaire game many people play on their computers.)

The group playing Mah Jongg at The Millenium Center in Rockford wants to find some of those people playing in other locations and are planning a Mah Jongg Meet-Up for Oct. 2, starting at 9 a.m. at the center, 220 S. Madison St.

None of us has ever played in a tournament and when reading about how they worked, we decided what we really wanted was a day of fun, just using the regular rules,” said Lorraine Chaussee of Loves Park, a member of the Mah Jongg group at Millenium Center.

Many in the group echoed Chaussee’s enthusiasm, including Jeanne Marinelli, Rockford, who often teaches beginning players.

My plan is to play and have fun,” Marinelli said.

The Mah Jongg Meet-Up will begin with a meet and greet at 9 a.m., with play starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be a break for lunch and selection of door prize winners, then a second round of play beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed by prizes being awarded in both beginner and more experienced player divisions.

Bringing in another pleasure offered to those who play at Millenium Center, the group has asked the Spot Café to provide their box lunches to all participants. The goal is to play and cover expenses, so the registration fee has been established at $12.50 per person. Registration forms are available at The Millenium Center or by request from There will be divisions for both experienced and beginning players.

From the Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2013, issue

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