Webster's War of the Words

Webster's War of the Words

Congregation Beth Israel - 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT, United States

Please join us on Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 6-9 p.m. for the annual Webster’s War of the Words, the signature fundraiser of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. At this fun night out, guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, and the main attraction – the word-based game show! Tickets are only $65 ($60 for members), but seating is limited. Get your tickets today!


Words are more important than ever. If you’ve been following current events, words like ‘vortex,’ ‘suffragette,’ and ‘collusion’ might take on a special meaning for you. Then there are old-fashioned words like 'gaslight,’ ‘omnibus,' and 'whitewash' that have recently made a come-back. At Webster’s War of the Words, the mental prowess of two teams of local celebrities – and the audience – will be tested in a lively and interactive battle of words and wit. What better way to pay homage to the Father of American English than a game show fundraiser in his honor?

Peter Sokolowski, noted lexicographer and Editor-at-Large at Merriam-Webster Inc., will serve as game show host. The Webster’s War of the Words game show is the highlight of the evening and will test the knowledge of two teams of celebrity contestants in categories such as “Trending Words,” “Definition Stumper,” and “Name That Book.”

This unique fundraiser includes unlimited wine and beer and dinner by Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar in West Hartford.

The evening will also include both silent and live auctions. Each basket in the silent auction is inspired by a book in keeping with the museum’s mission to promote literacy. All proceeds from the event benefit the birthplace of Noah Webster, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.

Webster’s War of the Words takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford. Advance purchase tickets are $65 ($60 members) and include dinner, dessert, and drinks (beer and wine). After May 6, all tickets are $75. Groups of 8 may purchase full tables for $480, a $40 savings. Tickets are available at noahwebster.yapsody.com or by calling 860-521-5362 x10.

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Congregation Beth Israel - 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT, United States