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Scrabble & Song @ Sportsmen’s Tonight

A benefit for Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie County, for their 6th annual ScrabbleFest, takes place tonight (2/23) at Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst Street).

At 6pm, the Scrabble competition begins. At 7:30pm, local songwriters Dee Adams, Bob Buckley (Free Henry), Brad Gower (Ramforinkus), Grace Stumberg, Alan Whitney, and yours truly, Buck Quigley (Steam Donkeys), take part in a song swap.

Tomorrow night, at the Pearl Street Brewery (76 Pearl Street), it’s a 7:30pm start for Scrabble, and a 9pm start for music provided by Leroy Townes and the Lonestars, and 10 Cent Howl. The Good Neighborhood presents both evening’s events.

Both nights, a $10 donation earns entry into ScrabbleFest, music and first drink. $3 if you’re coming just for the music.

The winner of these preliminary Scrabble rounds become finalists in this year’s big championship on Sunday, March 13 in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

It’s good fun for a good cause. And it reminds me of the time I gained 1,778 points for joining 8 already-played tiles to form the word OXYPHENBUTAZONE across three triple-word-score squares, while simultaneously extending 7 specific already-played words to form new words. Ah, those crazy college days back at SUNYAB!