Celebration of Mind 2017— at Ye Olde Gamery

Kadon's lively and spacious gallery of playable art and recreational math puzzles, Ye Olde Gamery, once again hosted one of the many official events world-wide honoring Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914-May 22, 2010) on or around his birthday. It was an unusually warm and sunny day for late October in Crownsville, Maryland.

For the final weekend of the 2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival season, we dedicated the entire two days as a Celebration of Mind for Martin Gardner and his legacy. A special banner and Martin's picture adorned the large wall. The medieval decor, chandeliers and costumes all add to the atmosphere. Here's a closer look at this year's scene. All photos by Art Blumberg.

Martin's writings on recreational mathematics had directly inspired Kadon's founding, work and mission. Our theme for this event was Dissection Puzzles—The Art of Combinatorics.

Hundreds of visitors came and played and heard the story of Martin and math and puzzles. Customers also received souvenir copies of the award-winning 40-page Renaissance catalog Kate had designed and written in Shakespearean verse to suit the Renaissance theme. They also received a special gift, a copiously illustrated fact sheet about dissection puzzles, highlighting the Tricolor Stomachion (Archimedes' Square) and the thoroughly researched Monograph about its 1072 solutions (that doubled the essential 536 solutions by adding 3 colors). Click on covers to view full documents.


As we like to say as often as possible, 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 challenges.

All day long, large crowds of visitors engaged in eager play, instructed by the Gamery's well-costumed expert crew. We particularly enjoy watching our youngest players deep in thought.

Here are some snapshots of the action inside the Gamery, captured by Art Blumberg. (Hover over images for descriptions.)

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 2015: "Polyform Puzzles—A Renaissance in Puzzle Art"
  • Celebration of Mind 2016: "Polyform Puzzles—A Renaissance in Puzzle Art"
  • 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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