SHEPHERDSTOWN – The fourth-annual “Puzzle Mania,” a family-friendly, jigsaw puzzle competition to raise money for Friends of Music, is set for next week.

Tickets are on sale now for the event happening from 1 to 4 p.m.  Feb. 24 at the Shepherd University Wellness Center. The team that completes its puzzle first gets a trophy.

Teams are made up of up to four players each and children 10 and older may serve as team members, according to Peter Smith, who handles publicity for the nonprofit that dates to 1999.

“Most participants will want to recruit their own four-person teams from friends, neighbors or family members,” he said. “Those who don’t have time to do that should let Friends of Music know when they sign up, and so they can be assigned to a table.”

As many as 25 teams will be part of the competition, with most teams working on the same 500-piece puzzle. “In an effort to level the playing field, teams that have won easily in the past will get a larger puzzle to solve in the same time period,” Smith said.

The fee to take part is $25 per person or $100 per team. Smith  said organizations and businesses may also sponsor teams.

Friends of Music supports and promotes musical excellence, including the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra – the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle.

The nonprofit also provides grants and scholarships to support music education in local schools.

Light refreshments will be served during Puzzle Mania. Tickets may be purchased at For details, contact Heather Marshall ( or 304-582-9998).

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