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Adults spell tricky words at annual Alliance for Literacy bee May 15
Twenty-sixth annual Spelling Bee to benefit the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance For Literacy wordsmith Gay Hammond warms up the audience Tuesday night, May 16, 2017, at the Brenau University's Hosch Theatre. Eight teams took the stage with seven looking to take down the previous year's champions Gainesville First United Methodist Church.

Nine teams from area schools, churches and businesses will test their wits by spelling some strange, and some not so strange, words in an adult spelling bee.

The Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy will put on its 27th annual spelling bee at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Brenau University’s Hosch Theatre. The event supports the nonprofit’s adult literacy efforts.

Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

What: Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy’s 27th annual spelling bee

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15; with Buzz before the Bee at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hosch Theatre, 429 Academy St., Gainesville

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger

Gay Hammond, assistant professor and director of WonderQuest Theatre at Brenau University, is back for her 24th year of quizzing contestants. A “Buzz before the Bee” will feature Downtown Drafts selling drinks 5:30-7 p.m. in the lobby.

Brenau University, Downtown Drafts, Grace Episcopal Church, the Hall County Library System, First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Lanier Technical College, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, The Times and Gainesville Rotary Club are each fielding a team for the event.

Grace Episcopal’s team won the 2017 bee and, along with First United Methodist Church, has won numerous times in recent years.

Tickets cost $10 each for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Teams raised $1,200 each to participate in the bee.

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