Wednesday night's in Summit just got a lot more fun.
The Office, the local restaurant, bar, and Summit staple, has been running a lively Trivia Night every Wednesday for the past year.
Dawn Parlegreco, manager at The Office says that Trivia Night has brought business to the bar on an otherwise slow night. The age of players typically ranges from 21 to 31 although she often sees older teams as well. There are a few teams that come out every week, but the overall assortment of teams changes constantly depending on who happens to be at the bar when the game begins.
All patrons in the bar section of the restaurant are given the chance to play trivia, which is free. The game is run by the National Trivia Association, a company that runs trivia games in a number of bars and restaurants, who prepares all of the questions for each week, which the DJ then downloads and brings with him.
The DJ running Trivia Night, Randy Jenkins, has been working the event for the past three months, and said that since he started the turnout has been consistently increasing. When not running trivia, Jenkins runs a DJ business called JVE, which also specializes in a number of entertainment services.
Although it is advertised as starting at 8 p.m., the game typically starts between 8 and 9 p.m. It is organized into seven rounds of 10 questions, where each round has a specific category, ranging from entertainment, sports, a picture and tune naming round, and more. The only rules are that you must be on a team (more than one person), and you cannot yell out answers or use cell phones to find them. The winning team receives a $25 gift certificate to The Office.
Last Wednesday night, when a rainstorm had clearly affected the turn-out, the bar was sparsely filled with about 30 people. Once Jenkins was through setting up, the "Price is Right" theme song began to play, and he announced the start of the game. Five teams signed up, which, Jenkins said, is vastly lower than the usual average of 10.
One of Trivia's Night's regular team's usually named "Team Avalon," decided to spice things up with a team named inspired by another local resident, Rex Ryan, coach of the New York Jets.
"Let's get a [expletive] snack" said they got their name from a quote Ryan said on "Hard Knocks," a sports show on HBO which featured the Jest this season. The team consisted of five Summit locals who have been coming for about a year and said that Trivia Night was a good excuse to go out drinking. When asked if they had a strategy, one teammate, Kenny, replied:
"Absolutely. To win."
Then another teammate, Matt, clarified:
"There's really no strategy, it really is trivia."
If you come often enough, you may have the special advantage of seeing a few repeat questions. Jenkins swears that it is a rare occurrence, but team "Let's get a [expletive] snack," said they've seen their fare share of repeats, including a duplicate picture round. They also noted that The Beatles and U.S. Presidents are common question themes. Jenkins also cautioned that the answers are not always correct, so don't hesitate to question the validity of an answer.
Both Jenkins and Parlegreco mentioned that the competition often becomes heated, but never rowdy. So new attendees should definitely bring their game faces. Parlegreco also said that The Office recently started a DJ Night that will soon be on Thursdays, and hinted at the possibility of an upcoming Karaoke Night.
When asked to give us a pitch for why people should come to The Office for trivia on Wednesday nights, Jenkins said:
"Come out to trivia night because it's better than 'Comedy Night' on ABC."