Lancaster’s First Grown-Up Spelling Bee (and our first fundraiser!)
In the last few months, I’ve been astounded by the number of people who have an embarrassing or memorable story of a childhood spelling bee. I’ll mention The Triangle’s upcoming fundraiser, a Grown-up Spelling Bee at Tellus 360, and an excited story usually ensues.
“I spelled beautiful wrong. Beautiful!”
“Margaret Thompson beat me and she rubbed it in my face for years.”
“You won’t believe this, but I misspelled “misspelled”—Apparently there’s a second S?”
We’ve gathered a line-up of spellers from across the region to try their adult minds on words ranging from “league” to “acquiesce”, including local novelties like “Yuengling”. Our spellers are competing to be the last one standing, and given that this is hosted at local pub, that could be harder than you think. Each contestant is in it to win a prize package courtesy of Lemon Street Market and a trophy designed by Modern Art. Here’s a line up of the local dignitaries we’ve coerced into playing:
- Adam Blessing
- Carla Christopher (of Culture & Main)
- Jonathan Darby (of Horn Farm Center)
- Joanna Davis Seedorf (of Modern Art)
- Caitlin Downs (of PCAD)
- Cindy Goldsworthy
- Melanie Hess
- Alicia Holland
- Jenny Hill (of Acts of Jennius – Hoop Performance & Instruction)
- Christine Lincoln (Poet Laureate of York, PA)
- Mike Madrigale (of Mr. Suit Records)
- Mike McMonagle (of Fly Magazine)
- Jason Mundok (of Wood Stove House)
- Claire Porter
- Diane Richards (of Lancaster Transplant & Aussie and The Fox)
- Kerry Sherin Wright (of The Philadelphia Alumni Writer’s House)
- Mitchell Sommers (of Philadelphia Stories)
- Donna Talarico-Beerman (of Hippocampus Magazine)
- Jesse Waters (of the Elizabethtown College Bowers Writing House)
- Benjamin Weiss (of Susquehanna Permaculture)
In April, The Triangle turns two. For nearly two years we’ve been working to connect the literary communities (and writers within them) of south central PA by providing a free, online calendar of events; interviewing writers; conducting visual interviews; documenting ephemera through our But Is It Lit series; and giving community members a space to publish literary opinion pieces and reviews. We also organize and host unique literary events. For our readings and workshops, we’ve done our best to keep admission free or by donation—this standard is rooted in two beliefs: 1) that literature should be available to anyone who wants to experience it and 2) that artists deserve compensation for the important, creative work that they do.
In the spirit of providing unique literary experiences, we are hosting Lancaster’s first grown-up Spelling Bee at Tellus 360. We’re asking for a $10 donation for the event. This is our first fundraiser, but we feel it’s going to be well worth the ten dollar price of admission.
You might be wondering what we plan to do with the donations we receive. This is valid. In 2015 we plan to continue publishing weekly interviews, reviews, and news. We will keep up our online calendar, meaning that if you are ever hosting an event (or you even hear about one) that involves the literary arts in any way, you can email us and we’ll help you promote it there and through our social media. We already have 6 events in the works for 2015, including a free workshop on Experimental Storytelling, and a series of Flash Fiction readings around the South Central PA region. Also, this February marks the birth of Lancaster’s own literary magazine, Third Point Press, headed up by our partner-in-lit Matthew Kabik (who will also be a judge for the spelling bee). Some of our collected donations from this event will go to supporting Third Point Press in getting off the ground. This literary magazine will have open submissions and 1/3 of each issue will consist of writers based in south central PA.
Basically, we’re asking you to help us do what we do even better. The Triangle has never been a moneymaking endeavor. Our donations go into paying for our website, printing flyers, and compensating the talented writers we collaborate with. We do all of this in our free time, outside of our day jobs, because we think the literary arts deserve recognition. So, if you’re free this Sunday afternoon, stop by Tellus 360 for a drink and some entertainment. Come say hello.