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Spelling gets serious at Glenwood’s Hotel Colorado

Stina SiegPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS When you think spelling bee, what do you see?Maybe you picture a stuttering youngster, desperately trying to spell out Mississippi or conscientious.At the Hotel Colorado, tonight is the night to wipe those images from your mind. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the spelling competition starting at 6:30.Spellabration has been a valley staple for more than 20 years. First off, its aimed at adults. This year, of its 26 teams of three players, only three feature teenagers. Second, even bad spellers can find victory here, for a price. Word passes start at $25 and increase in cost throughout the night. Those rolling in dough may purchase a little assistance, in the form of a Spelling helper for $50 and more. Entry price is set at $225. And if this all sounds a little money-centric, thats just because it is. Spellabration is Literacy Outreachs biggest fundraiser of the year, after all.Its really a lot of fun, laughed LO director Martha Fredendall, which is kind of a strange thing to say, if you ask me.Even though the evening revolves around public speaking and spelling, people get into it, she said. Like years past, those not on the spelling block may hang around and watch the craziness or cast bids in a silent auction. This years prizes include such glamorous items as a seven night stay at a London flat and cooking lessons, as taught by Carbondale chef and restaurateur Mark Fischer. According to Fredendall, the events will take place in one groovy room, transformed to invoke this years theme: The 1960s. Participants and onlookers alike are encouraged to dress the part.Its fun, fun, fun, said Fredendall. But they (the participants) take the spelling really seriously even if they can buy their way to the top.Contact Stina Sieg: 384-9111ssieg@postindependent.comPost Independent Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

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