Party 36: Spelling Bee

Party 36: Spelling Bee
Hosted by Bobby Blue and Jennifer Dziura of the world-renowned Williamsburg Spelling Bee.

King of the Words

Spelling Bee Snapshots

Spelling Bee Behind The Mic

Photos courtesy of Eric Walton.



The word bee, as used in spelling bee, is one of those language puzzles that has never been satisfactorily accounted for. A fairly old and widely-used word, it refers to a community social gathering at which friends and neighbors join together in a single activity (sewing, quilting, barn raising, etc.) usually to help one person or family. 

The earliest known example in print is a spinning bee, in 1769. Other early occurrences are husking bee (1816), apple bee (1827), and logging bee (1836). Spelling bee is apparently an American term. It first appeared in print in 1875, but it seems certain that the word was used orally for several years before that.


The Williamsburg Spelling Bee Theme Song

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Written by Bobby Blue and Jen Dziura

This is the theme song to our 6 year running game show in Brooklyn, NY. We are the original adult bi-weekly bar spelling bee. A real adults-only spelling bee with a kinder and gentler policy, & a fun, not-too-competitive environment. Download the free track Here!

Bobby Blue and Jen Dziura

Spelling Bee Hosts Bobby Blue and Jen Dziura from the Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete's Candy Store.


Proper Name Spelling Bee

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