EASTON — A little nice weather on Saturday did not keep area puzzle lovers from the second annual Jigsaw Jamboree Challenge, held at the main branch of the Talbot County Free Library.
If you think jigsaw puzzles are for kids, think again. The World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation follows the Olympic standard, with the most prestigious competition held in Belgium.
Saturday’s crowd, which numbered more than 70 people, was probably not thinking of going international but was intent on the business of puzzle-solving nonetheless.
Twelve teams, which could have as many as six members, gathered around 12 tables, ready for the countdown and signal to start.
Each puzzle box was turned over so contestants could not see the picture before the starting signal. Each team was charged with doing the same puzzle: 500 pieces of a colorful picture of grapes, bread and cheese entitled, “Picnic Perfect.”
The Jigsaw Jamboree Challenge is now in its second year and is a fundraiser organized by Soroptimist International of Talbot County, Maryland.
Proceeds benefit its annual signature project, which this year is Mid-Shore Pro Bono Inc. Mid-Shore Pro Bono provides civil legal services for qualified residents free or at a reduced fee, in the five-county Mid-Shore area.
Some of the teams were made up of family members, some of co-workers, and many were made up of groups of friends.
The fastest solvers and grand prize winners were The Shore Girls team, made up of aunts, mothers, daughters and sisters from Cordova, Royal Oak and Huntingtown, Md. They included Mary Ripple, Clare Beach, Barb Roney, Marcy Chaney, Meg Roney and Tina Foster. A couple of the members do puzzles together regularly.
“Usually after Christmas we’ll pull out a puzzle and do it,” Tina Foster said.
Meg Roney said that, after the starting signal began, their six-woman team fell into different roles. Some worked on colors, some worked on shapes, and some worked on edges.
“Divide and conquer,” she said.
Second place went to Merriken’s Marauders, a group of employees from the Talbot County Department of Social Services. They included Becky Smith, Susan Merriken, Becky Skinner, Dianne Heffernan, Megan Palanci and Jena Spurry.
Third Place went to The Heat Seekers, composed of Soroptimist members and friends. They included Jessie Lambert, Janet Tritapoe, Ruth Sullivan, April Sharp, and Melissa Dial.
Soroptimist International of Talbot County is part of an international volunteer organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of girls and women locally and abroad.
For more information about the Talbot County club go to www.talbotsoroptimist.org.