Webster's War of the Words 2014
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's War of the Words a huge success- the museum made over $32,000!
The Blue Team (Humphrey Tonkin, Susan Campbell, and Dan Zittoun), Game Show Host Peter Sokolowski, and the Red Team (Julio Duarte, Helen Rubino-Turco, and Rob Kyff).
The crowd takes a look at the silent auction items.
The Hartt School Theater Division singers perform songs from "Thoroughly Modern Millie".
Ron Robinson, Helen Rubino-Turco, Julio Duarte, and Connie Robinson
Contestant Humphrey Tonkin discusses the finer points of beer with City Steam's Seth Cerrone.
Interim Director Mary Donohue, long-time volunter Liz Payne, and Board Chair Bill Newman.
Contestant Helen Rubino-Turco, Brad Drazen, and Program Committee Chair Sarah St. Germain.
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Game Show Host Peter Sokolowski and Emcee Brad Drazen
When did “he lives in the sticks” become a popular phrase? Most people would probably just guess, but at Webster’s War of the Words, it could mean the winning points! (FYI: it became popular in the 1940s.) This entertaining gala event is centered on Noah Webster’s impact American words and culture. The fifth annual Webster’s War of the Wordswill take place at West Hartford Town Hall on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:30.
Emceed by Brad Drazen, the evening will include live music, hearty appetizers, a wine and beer tasting, and an auction. The featured entertainment for the night will be a game show focusing on language and culture, hosted by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s Editor at Large.
The Red Team will include Conard High School Principal Julio Duarte, Word Guy Rob Kyff, and Helen Rubino-Turco, West Hartford’s Human and Leisure Services Director. The Blue Team that will face off against them will include Hall High School Principal Dan Zittoun, University of Hartford President Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin, and author and journalist Susan Campbell.
The three-person team that wins each round will have its points turned into dollars to support school programs at the Noah Webster House for underserved children. Each year the museum serves approximately 2,000 children free of charge from lower income communities around greater Hartford and over 10,000 children statewide.
Reservations are highly recommended. General tickets are $50 in advance ($60 after April 21 or at the door). Champions of Noah Webster tickets are $75 and include an acknowledgment in the museum’s newsletter of the individual’s support. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will help to support the museum’s school programs. Tickets are available at www.noahwebsterhouse.org, or by calling 860-521-5362 x10.