Summer’s coming, which means it’s once again time for The Raconteur’s annual Dictionary Put. $5 to enter. Participants hurl a hefty 15 lb OED bound in duct tape. Farthest throw wins a $25 gift certificate to the Raconteur and gets their name written on the fore-edge of the dictionary, which remains in the shop. This event is similar to the modern-day shot put as seen in the Olympic Games or the Open Stone Put of the Highland Games, but instead of a steel shot or stone, a dictionary of considerable weight is used. The toss allows a run up to the toeboard or “trig” to deliver the dictionary, and the thrower is allowed to use any style of release. Most athletes in the toss use either the “glide” or the “spin” techniques. Location TBA (but likely Oakland Park ball field). To register contact Entry fee payable at event.

6:30 PM, Sun. July 17

Phone #: 732-906-0009
Snail: 431 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

10 am – 10 pm, Tues – Sat (closed Monday); noon – 6 pm, Sun.

From Parkway, North or South: Take exit 131. Make right (Metuchen) onto rt. 27 South for approx. 3 miles. At the 5th traffic light, make a left onto Main Street. The store is located right by the corner of Main and New Street. For parking, either park on Main Street or make a right at New Street, then the next right onto Pearl Street and then right into municipal parking lot.

From NJ Turnpike, Southbound: Take exit 11 – stay to your right – and immediately after toll, get on GSP and follow above directions.

From NJ Turnpike, Northbound: Take exit 10 to rt. 287 Metuchen. Exit at rt. 1 South and stay in right lane for Metuchen exit, to Main Street. Go about 2 miles, turn left at 2nd traffic light onto New Street, make 1st right at Pearl Street, then right into municipal parking lot.

From rt. 287 South: Take new Durham Ave. Metuchen exit 3. Make left, stay in right lane past fork for about 1 mile. Make left at Lubowicki Insurance onto rt. 27. Go through 2 traffic lights, pass Center Street and make right onto Pearl Street. Then left into municipal parking lot.