A Scrabble Festivus in Delaware

A Festivus for the rest us -- Scrabble style -- kicks off in Delaware on Christmas Eve.

Starting at noon on Friday dozens of players of varying skill sets -- including a set of senior citizens and National School Scrabble champ Bradley Robbins -- will face off in the main event of the four-day Delaware Scrabble Festivus.

So why a tourney over Christmas weekend?

“As Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan stated in her Senate confirmation hearing, there isn’t much to do on Christmas for those who don’t celebrate the holiday -- other than the ritual pilgrimage to movie theaters and Chinese restaurants -- so I decided to give Scrabble players another option,” said tournament director Dan Horowitz.

The event will be held at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana on Continental Drive in Newark, Del. There are special room rates too if you want to stay the night.

The main event is already filled up but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun.

The five-game event on Sunday and seven-game event on Monday still have spots available and are good for first timers, according to organizers.

To participate you must be a member of the North American Scrabble Players Association. But don’t fret if you aren’t, you can join on the spot for a fee.

There will be cash prizes awarded to the winners based on entrants.

Click here for information on the tourney. And to get in on the fun, contact Dan Horowitz by phone: (215) 760-8261 or e-mail: dhorowit@alumni.law.upenn.edu.

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