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"A mix of irony seekers and hardcore spelling nerds."
- TimeOut New York

"...the bar game of choice for self-proclaimed geeks and well-groomed lovers of logorrhea."
- The Village Voice

"...go for the cold drinks and the inevitable laughs derived from
watching a person who is tipsy try to spell trichotillomania."
- The New York Times



The Williamsburg Spelling Bee

The Williamsburg Spelling Bee is a real, cabaret-style, adults-only spelling bee that takes place every other Monday at Pete's Candy Store in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Founded in September 2004, the bee has passed its third birthday, and over one hundred and fifty bees have been held.

The bee has received some good press, and has its own blog, located at http://www.williamsburgspellingbee.com

As co-emcee, I have been reading the words at the bee and generally publicizing things since September 2004. Singer bobbyblue is the better half of this duo; he founded the bee in 2004, sings our original theme song, and has done an amazing job securing prizes from local businesses including Neighborhoodies, Lodge, Commune, and the Brooklyn Museum for contestants in the finals.

Photo by Brian Van

The Williamsburg Spelling Blog (with pictures!)





New Season Dates (2008) (every other Monday, minus occasional holidays):
Jan 7 & 21
Feb 4 & 18
March 3, 17 & 31
April 14 & 28
May 12 & 26
June 9
F-I-N-A-L-S : June 23
Signup at 7pm, compete at 7:30
Free/2 drink minimum
Pete's Candy Store

Directions to Pete's: Take the L train to the second stop in Brooklyn, Lorimer. Exit at the head of the train, and walk along Lorimer in the direction of the BQE. Pete's is 1.5 blocks past the BQE, on your left. 709 Lorimer Street, between Frost and Richardson Streets. (718) 302-3770. (map)


The spelling bee been featured on NPR, in Time Out New York, and in these fine publications:

     Tokyo Shimbun, July 2007

     My Brooklyn is Better Than Yours - Budget Travel Magazine, April 2007

     Mind Games - Village Voice, July 25, 2006

     Mind Games - TimeOut New York, October 13, 2005

     The Night Life of Bees - The New York Times, September 29, 2005

     Bees Buzz - The Brooklynite, by Rebecca Sealfon,
     1997 National Spelling Bee Winner

      W-I-L-L-I-A-M-S-B-U-R-G Spelling Bee - Block Magazine

     Brooklyn Bar Draws Spelling Whizzes - The New York Sun

     How do you spell hipster? - from New York Metro

     On Gothamist, by Jen Carlson


Email Jennifer at jen [at] jenisfamous.com