As reported in a local community website, the Briarwood Community in Worchester, Massachusetts, will feature "an exhibition of hand-cut wood jigsaw puzzles dating back nearly 200 years from the private collection of Briarwood resident Bob Armstrong."

Entitled “The Wonderful World of Wood Puzzles: An Exhibition of Hand Cut Wood Jigsaw Puzzles,” it will be on display at the Gallery of Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA from Sunday, Sept. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 2.

More details are available at that website.

"John Stokes, The Last Piece of the Puzzle" documents John's puzzling career.  It starts with some of his early puzzle-like drawings, the opening of Custom Puzzle Craft in 1999, the "100 Puzzles Project," the Dragon puzzle that won the Best of Show award at the 2016 Puzzle Parley, and the subsequent closing of his puzzle studio. (30 minutes, 2017)

To watch the documentary on Vimeo, you will need to set up an account.  Before paying the very small rental fee, enter the code stokes33 for a 33% discount. The discount code expires July 31, 2017. 


AGPI member Mark Geis reports that on June 21st, the Longest Day Jigsaw Puzzle Party featured jigsaw puzzle fun at the VFW in Estherville, Iowa. From sunrise to sunset puzzlers raised $3,670 for the Alzheimer's Association, and was "way more successful than anticipated due to many generous donations from family and friends."

Click on this link to see photos (no login required).

The Strong (Museum of Play) in Rochester, NY, is accepting nominations from the public for items for the National Toy Hall of Fame. Games are included and a number of them have already been inducted, including Candyland, Checkers, Chess, Dominoes, The Game of Life, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Twister. The jigsaw puzzle has also been inducted.

The list of suggested toys and games is whittled down by experts at the Strong, and the finalists are then sent to a selection advisory committee to rank. Committee members include AGPI members Clark King and Bruce Whitehill. The induction will occur in November.

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