Celebration of Mind 2015— at Ye Olde Gamery

Kadon's spacious gallery of playable art and recreational math puzzles, Ye Olde Gamery, once again was one of the many official events world-wide honoring Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914-May 22, 2010) on or around his birthday.

For the final weekend of the 2015 Maryland Renaissance Festival season, we dedicated the entire two days as a Celebration of Mind about Martin Gardner.

Martin's writings on recreational mathematics had directly inspired Kadon's founding, work and mission. Our theme for this event was Polyform Puzzles—A Renaissance in Puzzle Art.

Hundreds of visitors came and played and heard the story of Martin and math and puzzles. Many also received souvenir copies of the 40-page Renaissance catalog Kate had designed and written in Shakespearean verse to suit the Renaissance theme, with a special page about Martin. Customers also received a special gift, a Buzzbears spinner dexterity puzzle inscribed with Celebration of Mind 2015.

As we like to say, Ye Olde Gamery represents the intellectual side of the Renaissance — an oasis of thinking, logic, math, geometric tilings, the fun of discovery and solving of beautiful conundrums.

All day long, large crowds of visitors engaged in lively play, instructed by the Gamery's well-costumed crew. See a brief video overview filmed by Art Blumberg. Many audience members also arrived in costume, as the Renaissance Festival is not only a historical theme park but a massive role-playing game in its own right.

These two young ladies are college students, studying game design. Here they explored the themes and methods of Void with our intern, Adam, and discussed game philosophy with Kate. See Martin Gardner's Game of Solomon at lower left.

We had the honor of a visit from Queen Juana of Spain (Mary Ann Jung), who congratulated us on the special event and read out loud the Preamble from our catalog with great drama and flourish. See a short video of her performance on Facebook as taken by Art Blumberg.

Happy birthday, Martin Gardner!

See also:

  • Celebration of Mind 2012: "Polyform Puzzles—Combinatorics of World and Mind"
  • Celebration of Mind 2013: "Polyform Puzzles—Portals to World and Mind"
  • Celebration of Mind 2014: "Polyform Puzzles—Gateway to the Universe"
  • Celebration of Mind 2016: "Polyform Puzzles—A Renaissance in Puzzle Art"
  • Celebration of Mind 2017: "Dissection Puzzles—The Art of Combinatorics"
  • Celebration of Mind 2018: "When are you?"—humorous time travel to historical games
  • Celebration of Mind 2019: "Birthday Cakes—Pentomino/Sudoku"

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