SCRABBLE 2020: It's nearly here


Just 10 days remain before Literacy Volunteers’ SCRABBLE tournament, so there’s short time for teams to sign up.
The tournament will be Saturday, March 21, at Radez School in Richmondville, with the doors open at 8am and the first game about 9.
Fun is the operative word, but there’s also money involved––$600 in prizes.
There are three SCRABBLE games, and teams of two to four people compete for the highest total in the three games.
The winning team gets $200, the next three win $100 each, and one team is drawn from the rest and also wins $100.
Normal SCRABBLE rules don’t apply; players can use all tiles to create high-scoring words. The three games have different rules. One may have a theme for words, and another may ban players from using a certain vowel.
Players can boost their scores by buying extra tiles and also pay for a peek in a dictionary for unusual words.
The tournament is more than three SCRABBLE games. There’s a giant raffle, and emcee Brian Dineen will pitch trivia questions between games, with prizes for winners.
There’s also a free hot-and-cold buffet breakfast for players.
The entry fee is $15 per team member, and players must be at least 16 years old.
To register a team, contact Lisa Cardilli, Literacy Volunteers’ executive director, at 518-234-2576 or
The tournament is a fundraiser for Literacy New York––Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties, which has volunteer tutors teach adults how to read.
The service is free to students, but Literacy New York has expenses in maintaining Cobleskill and Gloversville offices.