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Food, trivia, sports, books: The Day's events calendar filling up

This past Wednesday, we resumed our Trivia on Tap series, which had been on hold since early 2020. We had a full house at Tox Brewery in New London, where teams of trivia players with clever names like "Conundrum" and "4-D Mention" sampled craft beers and took their best guesses at local trivia questions posed by The Day writers Erica Moser and Rick Koster.

The players left smiling, and we called it a win.  

Watch www.theday.com and our social media pages for future Trivia on Tap evenings, and pay attention as we roll out other events in the coming months.

Bootcamp

Events have become an important part of our company's work, and we're honing our skills at an Events Bootcamp program offered by the RevLab at the Texas Tribune. We were one of 20 newsrooms accepted into the bootcamp of more than 60 organizations that applied.

I'm taking the seven-week, intensive online program along with Jaclyn Nardone, our marketing manager, and Jim Schiavone, deputy regional advertising manager. We meet twice a week on Zoom with news outlets from throughout the country to learn about topics such as producing live journalism, event partnerships, understanding audience, event production and revenue.

There's quite a bit of homework, but we're learning a lot as we create an action plan that we'll use as a framework for future events planning.

One of the most fun and most informative components has been our weekly coaching sessions with Jon Cohn, managing producer of forums and live events at KPCC public radio in Southern California. Cohn is guiding us as we create a series of events centered around one of The Day readers' favorite topics: food and beverage.

While we're working on that, mark your calendars for Tuesday, when our Read of The Day book club series continues with novelist David Handler of Old Lyme. Read of The Day is remaining virtual for now.

If you were hoping for an in-person encounter with Koster, he and Day columnist David Collins are among the "celebrity" guests scheduled to appear Wednesday at the Mystic & Noank Library's Reading on Tap program at the Barley Head Brewery in Mystic.

On June 30, The Day is hosting a job fair at the Mystic Marriott, and we're planning another for the early fall.

Wait, there's more! We're working on a Readers' Choice awards banquet, and a holiday classic basketball tournament for the end of the year.

If you have ideas for events, let me know in the comments below this column on theday.com, or send me an email.

Karen Florin is The Day's engagement editor. She can be reached at k.florin@theday.com or (860) 701-4217.

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