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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

A Good Time For All!

party

Tired But Happy

Iím tired. Weíre all tired. Donít†feel sorry for us because itís a great†feeling! We had an amazing time last†weekend at the Woodstock Inn,†celebrating our 35th anniversary†with a fabulous group of puzzlers.†Weíre lucky enough to be able†to talk with a large number of you†when you call but we donít get to†meet our puzzlers very often. Not†only does a party give us an†opportunity to get some face time†with our fans, it gives you a chance†to spend time with others who are†just as crazy about puzzling as you!†Plus, you get to work as many†puzzles as you want !!!

Wild Times

We had a bunch of arrivals†Friday night for quiet puzzling but†the official festivities began†Saturday morning. Paula and Bri,†our Star Party Planners, organized†a bunch of games to keep everyone†puzzled throughout the day. Our†guests were challenged with games†like Guess the Rebus, Scrambled†Names and Guess the Silhouettes,†among others. We were handing†out prizes left and right!

Big Winners

In honor of our 35th†Anniversary we gave away over†$35,000 in prizes. We had prizes as†simple as Stave bumper stickers and†note pads and biggies like a $3,500†gift certificate. The Grand prize of†the weekend was the complete†Final Edition of our Dollhouse†Village, worth over $25,000!!†Congratulations go out to Y.Y.,†Annandale, VA who won the gift†certificate and P.A., Glen Head,†NY who won Edition #100/#100†of the Dollhouse Village.†Thank you all so much for†coming. You are what make our†jobs fun and I hope you all walked†away feeling like you were a winner.†I hope to see you at the next†party!

Jennifer

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35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave†would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

35-puzzle-sneak

Steve and Martha Start Puzzling… Again.

OK, I’m turning over a new leaf by actually working a Stave puzzle every day… at home. So this past weekend I cleared out a puzzle spot in our living room… see below. I’ve been at this wonderful business for 35 years and rarely have I taken time to actually work our wonderful puzzles. Most of the time I am dreaming up new diabolical designs. So I selected a puzzle Martha crafted for me 20 years ago and started it… see below, also. Martha is chipping in, too. Behind the puzzle table is my Lionel electric train set-up for me and 5 year old grandson Simon… what fun!

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Making Progress!

Steve and I just met with Stave artist, Molly Delaney, and handed off the 35th anniversary commemorative puzzle assignment. It is going to be awesome! We’ve loaded it with at least 35 of our puzzling elements, a la Treasure Trove and Palace of Pranks, and Steve has designed several little pockets of trickery that will keep you puzzled for a good long time. Molly has some great ideas for the artwork and she’s already shown us some great sketches. You are going to love it!

Our 35th Anniversary Celebration

party blog

Weíre celebrating our 35th Anniversary in July and we want you to join us!†Weíve had lots of puzzle parties over the years but none like this.†Here are a few reasons why you should call Stave today and RSVP.

Top 10 Reasons To Join Us

 

#10 Join the Club

How many people do you know who can say, ìYeah, Iíve been to a puzzle partyî? Join the fun and become a member of this select community.

#9 Meet New Friends

Have you ever wondered if there†were others as obsessed with puzzles†as you? Puzzlers are a unique group,†passionate about their hobby. Youíll†have the chance to meet other†puzzle fanatics just like yourself.†Hmm, sounds like a Stave Puzzlers†Anonymous support group in the†making!

#8 See Vermont

Vermont is one of the most†beautiful places you could ever visit.†In addition to puzzling, youíll be†able to enjoy the beautiful†countryside, kiss in a covered bridge*†and enjoy a Ben & Jerryís ice†cream… or two!

* Folklore has it that covered bridges were designed†so couples could go into one and kiss without†being seen. Pucker up! Thereís an authentic†covered bridge just feet from the Woodstock Inn!

#7 Food and Dance

We promise you wonít go away†hungry, thatís for sure. Youíll have†plenty of time to wolf down a bite to†eat between puzzles and you can be†sure the Saturday night dinner will†be fabulous. To top it all off, you can†burn off the calories moving and†grooving on the dance floor after†dinner.

#6 Puzzle All You Want

Weíre bringing hundreds of puzzles†to the Woodstock Inn so you can†literally puzzle 24 hours a day.†Puzzle quietly by yourself, with a†group or compete in some zany†games.

#5 See New Stuff

In addition to new Teaser puzzles,†youíll get to see Steveís new Trick†TroubleMaker puzzle, too! And weíll†even give you a sneak peek at our†new catalog!!

#4 Be A Crafter!

Have you ever wanted to try your†hand at cutting a puzzle of your†own? Hereís your chance!

#3 Lots Of Prizes

Youíll have plenty of chances to win†prizes. Are you the fastest or the†smartest? Did you travel the greatest†distance? Have you been a Stave†Puzzler for the longest? All these†and more will walk away winners.

#2 Be A Doll

You could be the winner of the†FINAL EDITION of the Dollhouse†Village puzzle series. Yep, weíre†giving away #100/#100 at our 35th†Anniversary dinner on Saturday†night. It could be yours, just for†showing up!!!

#1 Meet The Gang

We may have been puzzling you for†years or maybe weíre in the early†stages of driving you crazy. When†you come to our party youíll have†the chance to tell your puzzle cutters†just what you love about what they†do. You can also meet the talented†artists who create the artwork for†our Teaser, Trick and Limited†Edition design puzzles and youíll†even have the chance to shake the†hand of the man who started it all.†Your Chief Tormentor, Steve†Richardson, will be around all†weekend to hear your screams of†torture and delight!

The Real Reason To Come

Many of us have been cutting your puzzles for years (a lot of years!) and we want the†opportunity to meet you. Give us a chance to tell you why we love what we do and say ìThanksî†for giving us the opportunity to drive you crazy year after year. Itís a tough job but someone has†to do it and we are so lucky we have the privilege. Please come spend the weekend with Stave†and let us thank you properly. You wonít be sorry you did. We promise!

Canít wait to see you in July!

Jennifer

THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT

The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, Vermont is a charming, luxury four-season resort hotel set within the ‘Prettiest†Small Town in America,’ where breathtaking scenery and unspoiled rural character serve as the perfect backdrop for New†England’s finest cultural and sporting activities. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, a Rockefeller legacy, offers modern amenities†and services within a quintessential Vermont setting, providing the ideal destination for puzzling fun.

WOODSTOCK INN ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay on-site and receive a commemorative 35th anniversary puzzle.
Room Rate: Single Occupancy $995, each additional Adult $425
Children 12 & under $195
Room rate includes Puzzle Party attendance 7/9-11, 2 nightsí stay, all meals, taxes and gratuity.

BE A DAY GUEST

Join Stave as a Day Guest: Puzzle Party Attendance Fee: $325 per person. Includes all Stave activities on Saturday 7/10†as†well as Saturday Lunch and Stave Evening Shindig & Happeniní Hop.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS
EARLY BY CALLING STAVE AT 802-295-5200

Get more information here!

A Good Time For All!

party

Tired But Happy

Iím tired. Weíre all tired. Donít†feel sorry for us because itís a great†feeling! We had an amazing time last†weekend at the Woodstock Inn,†celebrating our 35th anniversary†with a fabulous group of puzzlers.†Weíre lucky enough to be able†to talk with a large number of you†when you call but we donít get to†meet our puzzlers very often. Not†only does a party give us an†opportunity to get some face time†with our fans, it gives you a chance†to spend time with others who are†just as crazy about puzzling as you!†Plus, you get to work as many†puzzles as you want !!!

Wild Times

We had a bunch of arrivals†Friday night for quiet puzzling but†the official festivities began†Saturday morning. Paula and Bri,†our Star Party Planners, organized†a bunch of games to keep everyone†puzzled throughout the day. Our†guests were challenged with games†like Guess the Rebus, Scrambled†Names and Guess the Silhouettes,†among others. We were handing†out prizes left and right!

Big Winners

In honor of our 35th†Anniversary we gave away over†$35,000 in prizes. We had prizes as†simple as Stave bumper stickers and†note pads and biggies like a $3,500†gift certificate. The Grand prize of†the weekend was the complete†Final Edition of our Dollhouse†Village, worth over $25,000!!†Congratulations go out to Y.Y.,†Annandale, VA who won the gift†certificate and P.A., Glen Head,†NY who won Edition #100/#100†of the Dollhouse Village.†Thank you all so much for†coming. You are what make our†jobs fun and I hope you all walked†away feeling like you were a winner.†I hope to see you at the next†party!

Jennifer

photo page

35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave†would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

35-puzzle-sneak

Steve and Martha Start Puzzling… Again.

OK, I’m turning over a new leaf by actually working a Stave puzzle every day… at home. So this past weekend I cleared out a puzzle spot in our living room… see below. I’ve been at this wonderful business for 35 years and rarely have I taken time to actually work our wonderful puzzles. Most of the time I am dreaming up new diabolical designs. So I selected a puzzle Martha crafted for me 20 years ago and started it… see below, also. Martha is chipping in, too. Behind the puzzle table is my Lionel electric train set-up for me and 5 year old grandson Simon… what fun!

July10.blog1

July10.blog3

July10.blog2

Making Progress!

Steve and I just met with Stave artist, Molly Delaney, and handed off the 35th anniversary commemorative puzzle assignment. It is going to be awesome! We’ve loaded it with at least 35 of our puzzling elements, a la Treasure Trove and Palace of Pranks, and Steve has designed several little pockets of trickery that will keep you puzzled for a good long time. Molly has some great ideas for the artwork and she’s already shown us some great sketches. You are going to love it!

Our 35th Anniversary Celebration

party blog

Weíre celebrating our 35th Anniversary in July and we want you to join us!†Weíve had lots of puzzle parties over the years but none like this.†Here are a few reasons why you should call Stave today and RSVP.

Top 10 Reasons To Join Us

 

#10 Join the Club

How many people do you know who can say, ìYeah, Iíve been to a puzzle partyî? Join the fun and become a member of this select community.

#9 Meet New Friends

Have you ever wondered if there†were others as obsessed with puzzles†as you? Puzzlers are a unique group,†passionate about their hobby. Youíll†have the chance to meet other†puzzle fanatics just like yourself.†Hmm, sounds like a Stave Puzzlers†Anonymous support group in the†making!

#8 See Vermont

Vermont is one of the most†beautiful places you could ever visit.†In addition to puzzling, youíll be†able to enjoy the beautiful†countryside, kiss in a covered bridge*†and enjoy a Ben & Jerryís ice†cream… or two!

* Folklore has it that covered bridges were designed†so couples could go into one and kiss without†being seen. Pucker up! Thereís an authentic†covered bridge just feet from the Woodstock Inn!

#7 Food and Dance

We promise you wonít go away†hungry, thatís for sure. Youíll have†plenty of time to wolf down a bite to†eat between puzzles and you can be†sure the Saturday night dinner will†be fabulous. To top it all off, you can†burn off the calories moving and†grooving on the dance floor after†dinner.

#6 Puzzle All You Want

Weíre bringing hundreds of puzzles†to the Woodstock Inn so you can†literally puzzle 24 hours a day.†Puzzle quietly by yourself, with a†group or compete in some zany†games.

#5 See New Stuff

In addition to new Teaser puzzles,†youíll get to see Steveís new Trick†TroubleMaker puzzle, too! And weíll†even give you a sneak peek at our†new catalog!!

#4 Be A Crafter!

Have you ever wanted to try your†hand at cutting a puzzle of your†own? Hereís your chance!

#3 Lots Of Prizes

Youíll have plenty of chances to win†prizes. Are you the fastest or the†smartest? Did you travel the greatest†distance? Have you been a Stave†Puzzler for the longest? All these†and more will walk away winners.

#2 Be A Doll

You could be the winner of the†FINAL EDITION of the Dollhouse†Village puzzle series. Yep, weíre†giving away #100/#100 at our 35th†Anniversary dinner on Saturday†night. It could be yours, just for†showing up!!!

#1 Meet The Gang

We may have been puzzling you for†years or maybe weíre in the early†stages of driving you crazy. When†you come to our party youíll have†the chance to tell your puzzle cutters†just what you love about what they†do. You can also meet the talented†artists who create the artwork for†our Teaser, Trick and Limited†Edition design puzzles and youíll†even have the chance to shake the†hand of the man who started it all.†Your Chief Tormentor, Steve†Richardson, will be around all†weekend to hear your screams of†torture and delight!

The Real Reason To Come

Many of us have been cutting your puzzles for years (a lot of years!) and we want the†opportunity to meet you. Give us a chance to tell you why we love what we do and say ìThanksî†for giving us the opportunity to drive you crazy year after year. Itís a tough job but someone has†to do it and we are so lucky we have the privilege. Please come spend the weekend with Stave†and let us thank you properly. You wonít be sorry you did. We promise!

Canít wait to see you in July!

Jennifer

THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT

The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock, Vermont is a charming, luxury four-season resort hotel set within the ‘Prettiest†Small Town in America,’ where breathtaking scenery and unspoiled rural character serve as the perfect backdrop for New†England’s finest cultural and sporting activities. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, a Rockefeller legacy, offers modern amenities†and services within a quintessential Vermont setting, providing the ideal destination for puzzling fun.

WOODSTOCK INN ACCOMMODATIONS

Stay on-site and receive a commemorative 35th anniversary puzzle.
Room Rate: Single Occupancy $995, each additional Adult $425
Children 12 & under $195
Room rate includes Puzzle Party attendance 7/9-11, 2 nightsí stay, all meals, taxes and gratuity.

BE A DAY GUEST

Join Stave as a Day Guest: Puzzle Party Attendance Fee: $325 per person. Includes all Stave activities on Saturday 7/10†as†well as Saturday Lunch and Stave Evening Shindig & Happeniní Hop.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS
EARLY BY CALLING STAVE AT 802-295-5200

Get more information here!