Weston library hosts first adult spelling bee

Participants in Weston’s first Adult Spelling Bee, from left, are Cindy Mayer, Andrew Dexter, Jacqueline Pike, Terry Bernstein, Helen O’Kelly, Liz Waltzman, and Shaun Lesniak. —Catherine Revzon photo

Participants in Weston’s first Adult Spelling Bee, from left, are Cindy Mayer, Andrew Dexter, Jacqueline Pike, Terry Bernstein, Helen O’Kelly, Liz Waltzman, and Shaun Lesniak. —Catherine Revzon photo

Who says only children can have fun? That is the notion that Catherine Revzon, a member of the Friends of the Weston Library, set out to combat this past Sunday, June 9, at the Weston Public Library when the first annual adult spelling bee took place.

The idea was sparked when Ms. Revzon saw a sign at the Wilton Town Center advertising a children’s spelling bee. She thought that a spelling bee for adults would be a “fun way to get the community together.”

The list of words was from the AARP National Spelling Bee List from 2012. The contest featured seven participants with about a dozen audience members, mostly children cheering on their parents.

Ironically, the first word to be spelled incorrectly was “misspell.”

There was a round that boasted nonsense words such as “flibbertigibbet.”

When it was all said and done, Andrew Dexter came out victorious with his final word being “oppugner. Cindy Mayer was the runner-up.

Mr. Dexter meant business coming into the spelling bee as he carried with him his own dictionary. When asked what spurred him to sign up for the spelling bee, he answered, “My wife signed me up in hopes of seeing me get into an argument with a contestant.”

For coming in first place, Mr. Dexter took home a bottle of wine and a honey diffuser.

Ms. Revzon is hoping to make the spelling bee an annual event with a much larger turnout next year.

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