Webster's War of the Words 2016
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Which is worse: a snollygoster or a frenemy? President Harry S. Truman often used the word snollygoster, but never heard of a frenemy (an enemy pretending to be a friend). Today frenemy is a common word while snollygoster is a term few have encountered. If you like language and trivia, get your ticket now for the 7th Webster’s War of the Words! The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society’s annual fundraiser will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium.
Proudly presented by SKY Investment Group, the evening includes dinner by Rizzuto's, wine from 90+ Cellars, and beer from City Steam. You will also have the chance to bid on a fascinating array of silent and live auction items, each of which revolves around a particular word or book.
The highlight of the evening is War of the Words, a lively, interactive game show hosted by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s Editor at Large. The game pits two teams of local celebrities against each other in a battle of wits and words that Noah Webster himself might have enjoyed.
This year's contestants include: Hartford Courant Metro Editor Rick Green; the RapOet Self Suffice; CT Explored editor Jennifer LaRue; The Word Guy and Kingswood-Oxford teacher Rob Kyff; WNPR producer Chion Wolf; and in his first Webster’s War of the Words Game Show appearance, long-time event emcee, NBC CT’s Brad Drazen.
“I always look forward to Webster’s War of the Words, and this year I’m ready to compete!” said Drazen, “Not only is it a lively and uncommon event, but it benefits an important community institution.” Proceeds support the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society's educational mission of engaging citizens by preserving and sharing history, promoting literacy, and advocating greater cultural understanding.
Get your tickets today! Tickets, which include dinner and drinks, are $50 until April 24; $60 thereafter. Buy a $75 ticket and sit with one of the celebrity contestants for dinner (advance sale only). Tickets are available at noahwebster.yapsody.com or by calling 860-521-5362 x10.
The presenting sponsor is SKY Investment Group. Gold sponsors are Reid & Riege, Tsunami Tsolutions, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, and Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Cheeses with preserves and honey
Berry Yogurt Dip
Salad: local greens, baby lettuce, watermelon radish, tomato, cucumber, herb vinaigrette
Wood-roasted chicken, Old Bay Rubbed Potatoes,thyme au jus
Salmon Noisettes, beet and mushroom barley, chive buerre blanc
Penne ala vodka
Roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms with arugula pesto and goat cheese
Dessert: Assorted cookies and brownies by A Little Something Bakery