Goshen Trivia night's a fun-for-all


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  • The audience, eager to answer questions, was warned to keep mum until the teams got their shot. (Photo by Ginny Privitar)




  • All the team players, standing, and winning team Town of Goshen, seated: Doug Bloomfield, Ray Bally and Dick Wallace, listen to Ken Tschan, far right. (Photo by Ginny Privitar)



By Ginny Privitar

— On Goshen Trivia Night last Saturday, master of ceremonies Ken Tschan had to repeatedly warn eager audience members not to give away the answers before the teams had a chance to respond.

Trivia teams

Goshen Restoration, Unlimited: Martha Bogart, Nancy De Palma and Kit Wallace
Goshen Rotarians: Chris Ashman, Ann Mayo and John Mayo
The Italian-American Club: Bob Farfalla, Mike Nuzzolese and Ray Quattrini
The Town of Goshen (Winners): Ray Bally, Doug Bloomfield and Dick Wallace
The Village of Goshen: Ed Char, Kyle Roddey and Pete Smith

Five teams played against each other, two at a time. The winner — the ones most knowledgeable about Goshen’s history — was the team for the Town of Goshen: Doug Bloomfield, Ray Bally, and Dick Wallace.

Lots of good-natured ribbing was going around that night. There were lots of laughs and fascinating things. Trivia Night was a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Goshen Public Library and Historical Society at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.

Town of Goshen Historian Michelle Figliomeni was on hand to authenticate answers. Ed P. Connor, who has written two books about Goshen for the Images of America series, was also present. The room was packed.

Delancey’s Restaurant served up appetizers and a delectable hot buffet and dessert, along with wine, beer, soda, water and coffee.

Tschan was ably assisted by Jennifer Cullen.

Some great prizes were given out to those who correctly answered local history questions. They included reprints of early Goshen maps; tickets to a Cornerstone Theater performance; books by local authors Ed P. Connor and Eleanor Kuhns, Goshen Library assistant director; and a huge basket of chocolate donated by Yvonne and Don Mirro of the Friends.

The people of Goshen, and all of Orange County, can be justly proud of Goshen’s long history. Events like this help keep it alive and accessible.

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