It’s time for the GRAN-BEE

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“Hiving” a hankering for trivia? “Beeing” done with the winter weather? The “buzz” that has people thinking spring is the sixteenth annual Gran-Bee trivia contest on Friday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Granby Memorial High School auditorium. Trivia questions featuring topics from Granby, music, and history, to science and pop culture, plus jokes and silly costumes make for a fun family event.

Want to “bee” a part of this? Want to see how your trivia skills stack up? Register your swarm, um, team of friends, colleagues, or civic organizations. The Gran-Bee draws participation from local businesses, community groups, friends and families across the community. It’s a fast-paced event filled with laughter, skill and sometimes the unexpected.

Some of your favorite teams and players will be back along with the Bee’s busiest sponsors. Local “buzz-nesses” have supported the Bee for many years and this year is no exception. At the Swarm sponsorship level are Simsbury Bank, Fredo Landscaping and the Farmington Valley YMCA. At the Honey Bee level are Arrow Concrete Products, Lost Acres Orchard, MeadowBrook of Granby and Northwest Community Bank. At the Honeycomb level are Avon Plumbing and Heating, Granby Dental Center (Dr. Michael Ungerleider), along with the The Zen Restaurant Group (@ The Barn, Table 570 Asian Fusion, Farmer’s Kitchen, and La Figata Wood Fired Italian). These wonderful sponsors are the buzzzzz. 

In front of a full house last year’s winners, “Them Apples” (Kathryn Petruzzi, Sophie Speliopolous, Lauren Shafer) flew away with trophies and a six-month individual membership to the Farmington Valley YMCA. “Bee-uty and the Beast”(Jeff Gilton, Glenn Cusano, and Steve Newman), outfitted in the latest Beauty and the Beast fashion, won the coveted Yellow Jacket Crown award for best costume.

The Gran-Bee is the largest fundraiser for the Granby Education Foundation. Since its inception in 2000, the GEF has underwritten over $500,000 in grants supporting its mission of lifelong learning for all community members through education and the arts. By attending, participating on a team, or becoming a Gran-Bee sponsor, your generous support enables the GEF to continue helping to make Granby “The Pride of the Valley.” 

Registrations forms and sponsorship forms are on the Granby Education Foundation website at Teams of three people aged 16 or older may register for $150. Registration deadline is April 26. It’s time to have a “spring” in your step and join us at the Bee. Mother Nature is saving you a seat.