Queen Bees win bragging rights
CENTREVILLE — Both teams in the final round of the Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Library Adult Spelling Bee might not have heard the word “chronometry” clearly, but one team got the nod from the judges and won the second annual event.
The Queen Bees, made up of Symphony Village residents Eleanor Strietman, Marge Strano and Willie DiLaura, were named champions of the community event.
In groups of three, seated in the gymnasium of Wye River Upper School surrounding a table filled with notepads, pens and a white board, team members tried to spell words Thursday, Oct. 19, all to help fund and support library programs and initiatives.
Latke, conscious, balustrade, auxiliary, annihilate, masquerade, milieu, antediluvian, facetious, cologne, rambunctious, rendezvous and phosphorescence — all words read aloud by Katheleen Wilson, Bee Keeper at the second annual Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Library Adult Spelling Bee in front of a crowd of more than 50.
The teams, three on the stage at a time in a spell-off, had 30 seconds to correctly spell the announced word. When the time had elapsed and the words were written on the white boards, the judges — Sheriff Gary Hofmann, Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson and Kent Narrows Development Foundation Executive Director Gigi Windley — would turn their ping-pong paddles, red on one side and green on the opposite, indicating if the spellings were correct or not.
The nine teams that competed included: the Gunston Autocorrectors, representing Gunston School; Service Above Spelling, representing the Centreville Rotary Club; Fellows HelfenBEE and Newnam, representing Fellows Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home; Groave Creke Speler’s, representing Happy Hens; Queen Bees, representing Symphony Village; Mighty Mariners, representing Matapeake Elementary School; The Covfefes, representing the Centreville Library; Honorable? Mention, representing the Centreville Town Council; and the Wanna Bees, representing the Queen Anne’s County Library Board of Trustees.
The winners of the first rounds were The Covfefes, the Queen Bees and the Wanna Bees, with the latter two competing in the threeword final round. As Wilson read each word, audience members with a program had the opportunity to spell along with the competitors and were able to check the correct spelling as Erin Neusbaum projected the word onto a wall only the guests could see.
“Oohs” and “ahhs” rang from the peanut section as teams turned their boards and revealed their attempt. Loud cheers and groans, smiles and serious faces, accompanied by everything in between, made the vibe in the gymnasium electric.
At the end of the event, raffle tickets were drawn for items placed on tables next to the entrance and the food and beverage tables.
The event coordinator was DeAnn Cheyne, and the planning committee was made up of Cheyne, Kim Baklarz, Penny Lins, Beth Maier, Elaine O’Neal, Linda Schuerholz, Kathie Smarick and John Walden.
Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Library is a nonprofit membership organization committed to helping the Library achieve its mission in the county by raising awareness and financial support. Since its founding in 2014, the Friends have donated almost $25,000 to the county’s library system.
For more information and to become a member, visit FriendsOfQACLibrary.org.
Team Fellows HelfenBEE & Newnam, made up of Gary Connolly, Connie Connolly and Melissa Martelli, ready for the second annual Friends of the Queen Anne’s County Library Adult Spelling be on Thursday, Oct. 19.