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Bainbridge Library to host first adult spelling bee

        - Image courtesy of the Bainbridge Public Library
— image credit: Image courtesy of the Bainbridge Public Library

The Bainbridge Library spells fundraiser B-E-E.

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The Bainbridge Island Library is hosting it’s first ever adult spelling bee at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Grace Episcopal Church.

“We’ve had a great response,” said Teri Weldy, library board member and organizer of the event. “We’re hoping for a full house.”

Twelve teams each consisting of three contestants will compete for the championship, spelling words selected by a committee from the American Heritage Dictionary.

The unique fundraiser comes from an idea submitted to the library suggestion box.

“A woman put the suggestion in our box because she had seen one [adult spelling bee] before,” Weldy said. “We researched it and found that they happen all the time.”

The contest consists of three increasingly difficult parts (each called a “buzz”). Every team (or “hive”) competes in Buzz One, using whiteboards to submit their answers.

The finalist hives will compete in Buzz Two and forego the whiteboards to spell their answers out loud.

The third and final round will begin when only two hives remain and they will play until somebody misspells.

The evening will be hosted by “Big Buzz” George Shannon and judged by a panel including Municipal Judge Kate Carruthers.

Tickets are available now at the reduced rate of $15 each at the library desk and Winslow Drugs, or online at The friendly and funny competition will follow a wine and desert reception, with all proceeds benefiting the library.


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