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Down on the Farm

If you werenít at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN., last weekend then you missed out on a great time! Carol and I, along with our husbands, Hank and Rick, entertained folks with tons of puzzles and several rounds of crazy puzzling competitions. We enjoyed great food, great wine and most importantly, great camaraderie.

This was our 5th year puzzling folks at Blackberry Farm and we welcomed lots of familiar faces as well as several new ones, too. Itís so nice to see our puzzlers settle into old friendships and making new ones, as well. Puzzlers are a welcoming group and those traveling alone were quickly gathered into the fold.

If you want plenty of uninterrupted puzzling time, to work as many puzzles as you desire, with a terrific group of people all while being pampered in the beautiful surroundings of the Smoky Mountains, then join us next February at Blackberry Farm!

molliAce Puzzler, Molli, was the grand prize winner of the 250 piece Traditional puzzle of her choice. Do you think sheíll let her friend, Jane B, help her choose the puzzle?!

One of the most exciting games we played at the party was a Relay Race. Teams raced against each other to be the first to complete their 25 piece puzzle. Players line up and race, one at a time, across the room to the puzzle table. When they fit two pieces together they race back to the line, tag their teammate and off they go! Much fun and laughter was had by all!

BBF-race

Puzzlers Unite! Puzzled guests work as a team to try to get it all together.

bbf puzzlers

All That’s New!

New Beginnings
I am so excited! 2010 has barely begun and weíre already dreaming up great new stuff. Iím anxious to finish the final details so we can show you whatís coming! Weíve got some fun Snowflakes almost ready and I canít wait for you to see them.
I began working with artist Debra Kramer last year and weíre just now cutting the first puzzles. Be ready- theyíre not your regular snowflakes! Youíll see hearts and leaves, moons and people. What?! People? Yep! Thatís my favorite. Itís called Feel the Noise and when I look at it I see people with their hands raised in the air, swaying to the music. You can just hear and feel this puzzle! Itís full of color, almost like a tie-dye effect and you canít help but smile when you look at it. I just LOVE these new snowflakes and hope you will, too.
bday siloWant More?
You know weíve scheduled puzzle parties at The Point and Blackberry Farm. Weíre also cooking up a gathering at Twin Farms for the Spring. But have you heard the BIG n e w s ? Itís our 35th anniversary and weíre having a PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Youíre Invited We want to celebrate this happy occasion and what better way to do it than with you, our loyal puzzlers. We donít have a set date yet but itís looking like July may work. We want each and every one of you here to help us blow out those candles so keep your calendar open!
Canít wait to see you! Jennifer

New Faces
Weíve had some great new additions to Stave in the past year and I think youíll agree theyíre both a perfect fit. In early 2009, we were looking for someone to join our cutting crew. We put the word out on the street and kept our fingers crossed. Luckily, we didnít have to look far to find what we needed. Megan, our new addition from 2008, knew just the right person.

Megan grew up here in the small town of Wilder. Her mom was a Girl Scout leader and she befriended a fellow leader, a mom of two girls, one a year younger than Megan and one a year older. You can guess how the story goes… moms become friends, girls become friends, blah blah blah. And yes, the younger girl was Samara! Both Megan and Samara graduated from the nearby high school and while Megan attended the University of Vt., Samara ventured a bit further to the Rhode Island School of Design.
samara
Samara has been a quick study, already cutting beautiful puzzles. She said she feels being an artist has really helped her in learning to craft puzzles. And best of all, she says sheís never liked a job so much! In addition to puzzle cutting, Samara enjoys photography, jewelry making and painting portraits of pets and people. As a matter of fact, our Christmas gift to Steve and Martha is a portrait of their grandson, Simon, painted by our very own Samara!

briannaBriana is another lucky find. We needed some help in our Graphics Department and ran an ad in our local paper. Lo and behold, a member of the paperís advertising staff was looking to make a change. We had a good feeling about Bri during the interview process and it only got better when she started her new career with us. She began in July and it feels like sheís been here forever. Bri has offered up some terrific ideas for edge designs on our Traditional prints and she has a great eye for color. In fact, it was Briís idea to go with the cool color scheme for the new snowflake, Feel the Noise. And guess what? Bri grew up right here in town and attended the same high school as Megan and Samara!

gusSamara is single and lives nearby with 2 roommates. Bri lives here in town, too, with her husband, Jason, and their Yorkie, Gus. So, whatís new with you???
Jennifer

Are you coming to Blackberry Farm?

I just got done booking my flight to Knoxville, TN, for our puzzling weekend at Blackberry Farm in Walland. Carol and I will be there with our husbands and LOADS of puzzles. Will you be there??? The dates are February 19,20,21. Check out the Blackberry Farm website for more info. Join us!! You’ll be so happy you did!

Stave Puzzle Party Weekend at The Point

Steve here! We're busy organizing a few Puzzle Parties for the coming year. Here's information for the first one planned for January 2010.

External-Raindeer-Hall

An exclusive group of Stave enthusiasts will share hours of fireside puzzling in rustic elegance. Join us!

At The Point, you'll feel like you've stepped into another era because essentially you have. Built at the turn of the twentieth century of massive native timbers and stone as the Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, The Point is both grand and fanciful. Each room retains its original character with twiggy Adirondack furniture, birch bark details, cozy woolens and furs, waxed wood walls, old books and unique features particular to its original purpose at the Great Camp. Fires are kept blazing for you and a bottle of wine always awaits, so you may never want to leave your room! But you will. With its comfortable house party atmosphere, The Point is the perfect place for fellow Stave puzzlers to meet and share a weekend together.

Click here for more details and a list of scheduled events.

Down on the Farm

If you werenít at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN., last weekend then you missed out on a great time! Carol and I, along with our husbands, Hank and Rick, entertained folks with tons of puzzles and several rounds of crazy puzzling competitions. We enjoyed great food, great wine and most importantly, great camaraderie.

This was our 5th year puzzling folks at Blackberry Farm and we welcomed lots of familiar faces as well as several new ones, too. Itís so nice to see our puzzlers settle into old friendships and making new ones, as well. Puzzlers are a welcoming group and those traveling alone were quickly gathered into the fold.

If you want plenty of uninterrupted puzzling time, to work as many puzzles as you desire, with a terrific group of people all while being pampered in the beautiful surroundings of the Smoky Mountains, then join us next February at Blackberry Farm!

molliAce Puzzler, Molli, was the grand prize winner of the 250 piece Traditional puzzle of her choice. Do you think sheíll let her friend, Jane B, help her choose the puzzle?!

One of the most exciting games we played at the party was a Relay Race. Teams raced against each other to be the first to complete their 25 piece puzzle. Players line up and race, one at a time, across the room to the puzzle table. When they fit two pieces together they race back to the line, tag their teammate and off they go! Much fun and laughter was had by all!

BBF-race

Puzzlers Unite! Puzzled guests work as a team to try to get it all together.

bbf puzzlers

All That’s New!

New Beginnings
I am so excited! 2010 has barely begun and weíre already dreaming up great new stuff. Iím anxious to finish the final details so we can show you whatís coming! Weíve got some fun Snowflakes almost ready and I canít wait for you to see them.
I began working with artist Debra Kramer last year and weíre just now cutting the first puzzles. Be ready- theyíre not your regular snowflakes! Youíll see hearts and leaves, moons and people. What?! People? Yep! Thatís my favorite. Itís called Feel the Noise and when I look at it I see people with their hands raised in the air, swaying to the music. You can just hear and feel this puzzle! Itís full of color, almost like a tie-dye effect and you canít help but smile when you look at it. I just LOVE these new snowflakes and hope you will, too.
bday siloWant More?
You know weíve scheduled puzzle parties at The Point and Blackberry Farm. Weíre also cooking up a gathering at Twin Farms for the Spring. But have you heard the BIG n e w s ? Itís our 35th anniversary and weíre having a PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Youíre Invited We want to celebrate this happy occasion and what better way to do it than with you, our loyal puzzlers. We donít have a set date yet but itís looking like July may work. We want each and every one of you here to help us blow out those candles so keep your calendar open!
Canít wait to see you! Jennifer

New Faces
Weíve had some great new additions to Stave in the past year and I think youíll agree theyíre both a perfect fit. In early 2009, we were looking for someone to join our cutting crew. We put the word out on the street and kept our fingers crossed. Luckily, we didnít have to look far to find what we needed. Megan, our new addition from 2008, knew just the right person.

Megan grew up here in the small town of Wilder. Her mom was a Girl Scout leader and she befriended a fellow leader, a mom of two girls, one a year younger than Megan and one a year older. You can guess how the story goes… moms become friends, girls become friends, blah blah blah. And yes, the younger girl was Samara! Both Megan and Samara graduated from the nearby high school and while Megan attended the University of Vt., Samara ventured a bit further to the Rhode Island School of Design.
samara
Samara has been a quick study, already cutting beautiful puzzles. She said she feels being an artist has really helped her in learning to craft puzzles. And best of all, she says sheís never liked a job so much! In addition to puzzle cutting, Samara enjoys photography, jewelry making and painting portraits of pets and people. As a matter of fact, our Christmas gift to Steve and Martha is a portrait of their grandson, Simon, painted by our very own Samara!

briannaBriana is another lucky find. We needed some help in our Graphics Department and ran an ad in our local paper. Lo and behold, a member of the paperís advertising staff was looking to make a change. We had a good feeling about Bri during the interview process and it only got better when she started her new career with us. She began in July and it feels like sheís been here forever. Bri has offered up some terrific ideas for edge designs on our Traditional prints and she has a great eye for color. In fact, it was Briís idea to go with the cool color scheme for the new snowflake, Feel the Noise. And guess what? Bri grew up right here in town and attended the same high school as Megan and Samara!

gusSamara is single and lives nearby with 2 roommates. Bri lives here in town, too, with her husband, Jason, and their Yorkie, Gus. So, whatís new with you???
Jennifer

Are you coming to Blackberry Farm?

I just got done booking my flight to Knoxville, TN, for our puzzling weekend at Blackberry Farm in Walland. Carol and I will be there with our husbands and LOADS of puzzles. Will you be there??? The dates are February 19,20,21. Check out the Blackberry Farm website for more info. Join us!! You’ll be so happy you did!

Stave Puzzle Party Weekend at The Point

Steve here! We're busy organizing a few Puzzle Parties for the coming year. Here's information for the first one planned for January 2010.

External-Raindeer-Hall

An exclusive group of Stave enthusiasts will share hours of fireside puzzling in rustic elegance. Join us!

At The Point, you'll feel like you've stepped into another era because essentially you have. Built at the turn of the twentieth century of massive native timbers and stone as the Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, The Point is both grand and fanciful. Each room retains its original character with twiggy Adirondack furniture, birch bark details, cozy woolens and furs, waxed wood walls, old books and unique features particular to its original purpose at the Great Camp. Fires are kept blazing for you and a bottle of wine always awaits, so you may never want to leave your room! But you will. With its comfortable house party atmosphere, The Point is the perfect place for fellow Stave puzzlers to meet and share a weekend together.

Click here for more details and a list of scheduled events.