Celebration of Mind 2018— at Ye Olde Gamery

All photos by Art Blumberg

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. Ye Olde Gamery is part of the nine-weekend-long Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Maryland.

For the final weekend of the 2018 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. This year happened to be Kadon's 35th year of participation; see the huge banner on the other wall above.

Here's a closer look at this year's scene. The theme was "When are you?" and included a humorous time travel tale by Kate of visiting ancient places and finding ancient games.

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 nicely illustrated fact sheet about Martin and our puzzles, highlighting some of our historical games. Copies of the time travel story were also made available. A statement on its cover declared, "All persons mentioned herein are real people. Only the circumstances of their appearance are imaginary and coincidental."


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. Although Kate was in Europe that weekend, the crew performed superbly and the show went on wonderfully.

Here is some coverage of 2021's Celebrations on the Celebration of Mind organization's website.

Here are some snapshots of the action inside the Gamery, staffed by our expert crew, some of whom have been involved for over 20 years. We thank them fervently for long participation and friendships. On hand this weekend were Elijah Allen, Thomas Atkinson, Art Blumberg, Krystal Goodrich, Eileen Shaivitz, and Katrina and Hans Weidig. Many visitors were also in costume. (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 2017: "Dissection Puzzles—The Art of Combinatorics"
  • Celebration of Mind 2019: "Birthday Cakes—Pentomino/Sudoku"

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