Witches Gather In Maine For Annual Spell Bee

HermoineWhat a gorgeous Autumn day, Modern Philosophers, for the 173rd Annual Maine Witches’ Spell Bee!

This year’s competition is being held in my neck of the woods in the brand new Cross Insurance Center, located in Downtown Bangor.  The contest is open to Witches of all ages from across the country, but traditionally, only the youngsters actually take part.

The prize is the coveted Golden Cauldron, and three past winners, who also happen to be very good friends of this Modern Philosopher, are hosting this year’s event.

Waltzing Matilda, a three time winner of the Golden Cauldron, Volcanica Ivy, and Ti-Diana invited me behind the scenes with them as they prepared to put on the Witch Community’s version of The Academy Awards, and the unofficial kick off of the Halloween Season in Maine.

“We’re expecting close to 200 competitors this year, Austin,” Ti-Diana explained as the trio took me on their final walk through of Bangor’s sparkling new arena.  “A majority of them are from New England, but we have a small group joining us from Alaska, and California is sending its largest contingent yet.”

apothecary“Did you know that last year’s winner was from Los Angeles?” Volcanica Ivy asked as we checked on the dozens of bats that will be released as part the Opening Ceremony.  “She was the first non-New England winner since that young lady from New York in ’96.”

“It’s a very big deal that the winner was from outside of New England because that means Magic and Witchcraft is growing in popularity  across the country,” Waltzing Matilda, the de facto leader of Maine’s Witch Community and the creator of the infamous Love Potion #8 explained as she led us over to the pictures of previous years’ winners.  “Look at how young I was…”

“Which time, Miss Only Three Time Maine Spell Bee Winner Ever?” Ti-Diana interjected with a chuckle.  This caused my dear friend Matilda to blush.

old witchesMy hosts attended a tea last night that honored all the past winners who were in Maine for this year’s Bee.  “I was in awe at the talent assembled in this room,” Volcanica Ivy gushed.  “The young Witches who are here today can learn so much from those ladies.  That’s why we’re setting up a mentoring program.  Any competitor who is interested will be assigned a previous winner to mentor her for the next year.  We’re really hoping that this will make the Sisterhood even stronger.”

For those of you unfamiliar with how the Maine Witches’ Spell Bee works, it’s actually a lot like a spelling bee.  Competitors are given the name of a spell and asked to list everything necessary to cast it.  Early rounds deal with common, simple spells, but as they get into the later rounds, the spells can be very intimating.

spell book“We’ve done our research,” Ti-Diana assured me.  “The three of us not only pored over the most obscure Spell Books we could find, but we also asked our previous winners for help coming up with some really difficult ones for the later rounds.  I hope the competition goes deep into the night so we can break out the oldies, but goodies.”

If you’re in town, we not join me at the Cross Center for the Bee?  Tickets are only $13 and that includes a free drink at the after party at Three Toads & A Wicked Lady, Maine’s most famous Witch Bar.

Come on out and support our country’s young Witches.  We guarantee a magical day…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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16 Responses to Witches Gather In Maine For Annual Spell Bee

  1. Tonya R. Moore says:

    What a cool idea. Guaranteed to be loads of fun, I bet. 🙂

  2. Hmm, I’m a sucker for Harry Potter, maybe I’ll make a trip to Bangor.

  3. Okay, I will! I went to college in Orono, how have I never heard of Three Toads & A Wicked Lady?

  4. ksbeth says:

    i’m hoping to catch it on espn, it sounds like a great event

  5. cat9984 says:

    sorry I didn’t read this in time to attend – were any of the audience members invited to participate?

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