Bee The Best: Brainiacs and Dunces Alike Flock to Art in the Age’s First-Ever Boozy Spelling Bee 

-Courtesy of Punch Media

Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop, will host its very first adult spelling bee competition, dubbed The Boozy Bee!, on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 5 pm (Dunce caps provided!). The event arrives one week before the famous Scripps National Spelling Bee, the annual spelling bee for students through eighth grade that illuminates pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrates academic achievement, and enriches communities. For those who are a bit too old to participate in the storied Scripps Bee, Art in the Age invites competitors (cough, overachievers, cough) aged 21+ to put their spelling skills to the test. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Education Works, a local non-profit organization designed to empower Philadelphia kids to reengage with their education. Tickets are available online now for $15/person. 

Attendees can indulge in childhood nostalgia and show that years of education have really paid off at the 21+ spelling bee. Sponsored by Dunce Whiskey, the pyramid-powered bourbon inspired by the dunce cap’s stolen legacy, crafted by Art in the Age’s sister distillery Tamworth Distilling, imbibers will compete in a series of challenges that will leave only the greatest spelling whiz standing. Tickets are $15/person and include one slot in the competition, one Dunce cap, one Dunce Whiskey shot glass, and one shot of Dunce Whiskey (for liquid courage before stepping on stage!). Guests are also invited to sip on a special one-night-only menu of themed cocktails (think: Bees Knees, floral flavors, and plenty of honey), available à la carte.  

“We’re thrilled to add The Boozy Bee to our robust line-up of events,” noted Craig Richie, General Manager at Art in the Age. “Our bee benefits a local non-profit that works with the next generation of spelling bee champions. Participants will be sipping our Bee-themed cocktails — and Dunce Whiskey – for a cause, while enjoying some friendly competition!” 

The grand prize for the winner is a bottle of Dunce Whiskey, a round of free cocktails at Art in the Age, and, of course, a glorious trophy. Additionally, the attendee who brings the most audience members to the competition will be awarded a Secret Special Hive Prize, which will be announced during the event.  

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards Education Works, a Philadelphia non-profit that provides enriching education and career readiness programming, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEAM), entrepreneurship, and social and emotional wellness. Education Works provides out-of-school, in-school-support, and summer services for thousands of students annually throughout Greater Philadelphia, putting students on a path to career exposure, opportunity, graduation, and future success. 

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