Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Bee Begins Anew on January 2nd, 2012

Monday, Jan 2

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee
Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn
(Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson / L or G train to Lorimer)

From "broccoli" to "triskaidekaphobia," come test out your spelling in a bar backroom filled with smart people and beer. Free, open to all (21+). Signup begins at 7pm -- first 18 people get to play. Three-strikes-you're-out policy means more participation for everyone. Hosted by founder bobbyblue and comedian Jen Dziura. Winners get nerdy prizes and qualify for the annual Finals.

Pete's: 718-302-3770

Spread the Word: We need prize sponsors! Previous sponsors have included the OED, Bananagrams, Neighborhoodies, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, and numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows. We love nerdy stuff, but we also love gift certificates for fancy dinners; nerds gotta eat, too!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Interview with Bee Founder bobbyblue

INTERVIEW Willamsburg Spelling Bee with BOBBY BLUE (founder) by Tom Edmondson

This interview was done by Tom Edmondson the producer of The Tenth Voice on 90.1FM which is the only scheduled LGBT radio show in the Kansas City area and has been since 1991. Tune in every Saturday 1-2pm on 90.1FM and listen online www.kkfi.org

From Tom Edmondson: This is "Part 2 of the Bobby Blue Interview". He is the founder of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee ans was interviewed in Oct/2011 and is a totally out music artist and that is why I gave him a 'voice' on my radio show and his story and music put in the ears of our listening audience.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee Rules

In preparation for the recommencement of the bee in 2012, here's what you need to know:

The Rules

1. Signup starts at 7pm and we take the first 18 people.

2. Open to everyone who’s legally allowed to be in a bar. Occasionally, teens have come with a parent, but the bar has final say on who comes in.

3. Three-strikes-you’re-out — you get two “freebies”!

4. Beer is encouraged. In fact, buying alcohol is what keeps the bee going, so please do!

5. Everyone is welcome to participate in every spelling bee up to the Finals, when the winners of the season’s previous bees will square off for the championship!

6. You don’t actually have to say the word before and after spelling it, but it’s a nice idea. If you start spelling a word and you lose your place, you can start over without changing anything, but once a letter comes out of your mouth, it’s set in stone.

7. If you’re Canadian (or even if you aren’t), you can say “zed” for “z” and “double-l” instead of “l, l”; however, all spellings must be American-style.

8. You can’t bring pen and paper up to the mic, but you can pretend to write on your hand if you want.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee's Season Thirteen Winner is...

Noam Schuldenrein!

Congratulations also to finalists Carolyn D'Aquila, Ben Kusmin, Amanda Emerson, Jonathan Lill, David Henry Haan, David Zheng, Jenny Brown, and Timmy Tofu.

Here is everyone trying to fit in a hallway! (Noam is the one with the trophy! He's also a bit younger than our other contestants. Pretty impressive.)

Congratulations, Noam!

We'd also like to acknowledge that Amanda Emerson is a really good speller who made a "verbal typo" (g instead of j), which won her the sympathy of everyone. Amanda has been our "winningest" contestant this season. Go Amanda!

More photos here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

May 30 Spelling Bee Results

1st Place: Noam Schuldenrein
2nd Place: Tamara Glenny
3rd Place: Amanda Emerson

Photos here.

Come back NEXT WEEK, June 6th, for the Finals!

Then we'll be back in 2012!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 16 Winners

1st Place: Amanda Emerson
2nd Place: Timmy Tofu
3rd Place: David Henry Haan

Only one more bee before the FINALS!

Then, no more bees til 2012, when we will begin on a monthly schedule. So only one more chance to play this season!

See you May 30th.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

May 2nd Winners

1st Place: Ben Kusmin
2nd Place: David Henry Haan
3rd Place: Maddy DeLeon

All three winners qualify for the June 6 Finals! Only two more bees left this season!

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 18th Winners

1st Place: Amanda Emerson
2nd Place: Trent Williams
3rd Place: Antoine, whose last name I forgot to get!

(If you are Antoine or know his last name, please contact me!)

All three winners qualify for the Finals on June 6th!

All are welcome at the next Williamsburg Spelling Bee on May 2nd. Only three more chances to qualify for the Finals!

More photos here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 4 Winners

1st Place: Trent Williams
2nd Place: Maddy DeLeon
3rd Place: Roxanne Downer

All three winners qualify for the Finals on June 6!







Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 21st Winners

1st place: Amanda Emerson
2nd place: Jonathan Lill
3rd place: Ben Kusmin

All three winners qualify for the June 6th Finals! Come on out April 4th for a brand new chance to join them.





More photos here.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

March 7 Bee Winners

1st Place: Jenny Brown
2nd Place: Roxanne Downer
3rd Place Tie: Nadine Defoe and Jessica Ellner

All four winners are invited back to the Finals on June 6!

Next bee: March 21st! All are welcome (21+).






Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 21st Results

1st Place: David Henry Haan
2nd Place: Jess Heyman
3rd Place: Cole Entress

Jess and David actually tied in the regular rounds of the bee and were brought back up for a runoff involving churrigueresque, Kierkegaardian, and götterdämmerung, among others.

All three winners qualify for the June 6th Finals!

Everyone is welcome at the next bee on March 7th.


These lovely people got some Word Beast t-shirts.


More photos here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 7th Results

1st Place: Ben Kusmin
2nd Place: David Zheng
Tied for 3rd: Carolyn D'Aquila and Maddy DeLeon

Come on out to the next bee on February 21st! All are welcome (21+). First 18 signups get to play; anyone can watch.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, February 7: The Bee is Back!

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee
Pete's Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn
(Lorimer St. between Frost and Richardson / L or G train to Lorimer)

***Signup at 7***, Bee at 7:30pm

Since 2004, the real adult spelling bee that started a national movement -- still fun, friendly, and open to everyone. Signup begins 7pm -- first 18 people get to play. Three-strikes-you're-out policy means more play for everyone. Winners get free booze and qualify for a twice-annual Finals.

Pete's: 718-302-3770