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									                          Puzzle Parley (AGPC meeting devoted to jigsaw puzzles)
                                           November 7-9, 2008
                                  Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

A “specialty” meeting of the American Game & Puzzle Collectors (called a “Puzzle Parley”) devoted entirely to
jigsaw puzzles will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA the weekend of November 7-9, 2008.
This will be the ninth jigsaw puzzle parley since 1994, which Bob Armstrong, Melinda Shebell, Pagey Elliott,
Joe Seymour and others have helped organize. The meeting will be an opportunity to bring together people
interested in making, collecting, displaying, discussing, buying, selling and assembling puzzles. Anyone
interested in jigsaw puzzles (whether members of the AGPC or not) is invited to attend and participate. While
Saturday, November 8 will be the focus of the meeting, we have scheduled events on Friday and Sunday as well.
For attendees who can stay an extra day, we also recommend the Sturbridge, MA area for Old Sturbridge Village,
an early 19th century New England village reincarnated, and lots of antique shops (puzzles?)

                           Proposed Program for Puzzle Parley November 7-9, 2008
Friday p.m.
1:00-5:00      Open House at Melinda Shebell, 76 Circuit Drive, Stow, MA, well-known puzzle designer and
               cutter of new puzzles as well as collector of old puzzles
5:30-7:00      Cocktails and registration in Hotel lounge
7:00-9:00      Buffet dinner at Hotel ($35 charge). Bob Armstrong on history of puzzle parleys
9:00-12:00     Puzzling in Heritage Room
Saturday a.m.
8:30-9:00      Register, meet other attendees, set up your puzzles to be displayed
9:00-11:15. Round Table discussion of puzzle cutting issues led by Mark Cappitella, John Stokes and Melinda
               Shebell, including discussion of copyright laws and setting up “mega-website” for pictures,
               descriptions of old & new puzzles. Experts will be present to answer your questions. .
11:15-Noon Author, historian, lecturer, collector Anne Williams will talk about personalization in puzzles.
Saturday p.m.
Noon-1:15      Buffet lunch (part of registration fee). Cutting demonstrations. Cut your own puzzle!
1:15-2:00      Demonstration by Bob Armstrong on repair of Pastime puzzle boxes.
2:00-3:00      Discussion by Melinda Shebell on design and construction of the incredible multi-faceted puzzles
               presented to Pagey Elliott, Anne Williams and Bob Armstrong the last two parleys.
3:00-4:00      Display and discussion of Showcase puzzles by makers followed by Show & Tell from
               participants. Talk about your favorite puzzle or show us your new work.
4:00-5:00      Table sales of jigsaw puzzles (outside sellers and buyers welcome). Cutting demo continues.
5:30-7:00      Cocktails in Hotel lounge
7:00-9:00      Dinner at Hotel ($40 charge). Carter Johnson on how to do a presentation about your puzzles.
9:00-12:00     Puzzling in Heritage Room
Sunday a.m.
10:00-1:00     Open House at Bob Armstrong, 15 Monadnock Road, Worcester, MA, well-known collector and
               restorer of old puzzles. Bob will show his collection and workshop and answer questions re
               restoration of old puzzles and puzzle boxes.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sturbridge Host Hotel until October 17, 2008 at $129/night (single or
double). Call 1-508-347-7393 for reservations and tell them you are “attending the puzzle parley”. Room
reservations must be made directly with the hotel. Charge for the puzzle meeting will be $45/person.
Registration fee includes admission to all events, Saturday lunch, tables for displaying and/or selling puzzles.
There is also an option on the Reservation Form if you just want to come at 4 pm to buy or sell puzzles at Table
Sales. Further information is available from:
  Bob Armstrong Tel: 508-799-0644              Melinda Shebell      Tel: 978-897-3499
  Email: raahna@oldpuzzles.com                 Email: Melinda@jardinpuzzles.com
       Important: RSVP with Registration Form and Check by October 17, 2008

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