Wordsmith set for Sooke Scrabble tournament

Second annual event hosted by EMCS Society on Jan. 27

Sooke wordsmiths will get their fill at the second annual Scrabble tournament.

The tournament, hosted by the EMCS Society, is Jan. 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the high school.

As with the first tourney last March won by Sooke’s Wilf Wenzel, players can test their wordcrafting skills in a knock-out competition with other Scrabble fans.

The school’s two top cops – principal Pat Swinburnson and RCMP liaison officer Const. Scott Rothermel – will be the night’s judges.

Entry fees ($10) and proceeds from a silent auction organized by Anne Boquist and Diane Kent are earmarked for literacy programs.

On Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., Gabriola Island quartet the Kerplunks will perform in the EMCS theatre courtesy of the Sooke Region Literacy Project and the Sooke branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for earlybirds and, like last year’s Literacy Week show by Fraggle Rock puppeteer Tim Gosley, admission is free.

The two events mark Family Literacy Week in B.C.