The Friends of Music will host their second annual "Puzzle Mania" jigsaw puzzle competition in Shepherdstown the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 26. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Friends and its Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra.
The event last year drew dozens of folks who spent a few hours on a Sunday afternoon enjoying each other's company and frantically trying to beat their neighbors to get a puzzle together. There were many techniques used including sorting pieces by color, pooling the outside edge pieces or randomly starting with whatever pieces were pulled out of the box first.
However one got started, the event drew laughter, especially with some of the handicaps placed on teams by their opponents. By donating a few extra dollars, one could purchase the right to make others use oven mitts to put their pieces together, among other crazy things to hamper productivity.
Chronicle photo by Toni Milbourne
The puzzle above was the choice for last year’s FOM fundraiser.
The fun will be back this year, but in a different location.
Heather Marshall, one of the event organizers, indicated the event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Shepherd University Wellness Center on the West Campus.
"It's a much larger location, with good lighting and lots of parking," Marshall said.
The jigsaw puzzle competition will consist of 25 teams of four persons each. Each team will start with the same 500-piece puzzle and vie with all the other teams to complete the puzzle first. The winning team will be honored with a trophy.
Participants must recruit their own four-person teams from friends, neighbors or family members. The fee to participate will be $100 per team. Organizations and businesses may sponsor teams if they wish.
This is intended as a fun, light-hearted event. It will be family-friendly, and children 10 and older will be welcome to join as team members.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It supports the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Full information about the Friends and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is available on the Friends website.