Trivia Tyme a staple in Norton.
What was the first toy advertised on television? What drink is made up of Peach Schnapps and orange juice? You’ll just have to stop by one of Norton’s trivia hot spots to find out.
Entrepreneurs, such as 25-year-old Nick Ferguson, have taken advantage of the popular combination of food, beer and trivia to make a living in a creative way. This works out for businesses who otherwise might have a slow night.
Ferguson’s new business, Trivia Tyme, began New Year’s Day. He formerly worked for another trivia company that was purchased by a corporation in California. They made some changes he did not agree with and decided that the time was right to start his own venture.
He now hosts trivia Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Bar & Restaurant and 8 p.m. Thursdays at Downtown Cafe. At Downtown, winners get a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant. Six people are allowed per team.
“I would say the format is a great variety of trivia that people actually have a chance to know, and if they don't, they get to learn some fun facts,” Ferguson said. “Also, I like the bonus rounds in that you don't have to be the smartest cookie out there to do well on them.”
With seven years of experience, Ferguson is a natural at the mic. You’d think that he was professionally trained to sound like a talk show host.
“I was always told that I’m a good public speaker,” Ferguson said. He filled in once to host trivia, and was so popular that he took over.
Ferguson says that while he enjoys the work, he’s no trivia king.
“Surprisingly, the three times I played trivia myself, I didn't do so hot. That's why I host it,” he said.
He did, however, win the trivia portion of a Survivor contest hosted by his friend in eighth grade. He took home $120, which paid for his Game Boy Advance.
Ferguson also enjoys playing basketball and poker, working out, and attending to his other job as a DJ.
Once in a while, he also helps out area charities by having a raffle. Last Thursday Trevor Bonanno of All Star Charitable Fundraising represented Homes for Our Troops and raised $135 for the cause. While the winner of the raffle received a framed Bruins photo collection, the money will go towards renovating a house in canton for a wounded marine to make it wheelchair accessible. Click here to donate to Homes for Our Troops.
Join Ferguson Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trinity and Downtown or 6:30 p.m. Sundays at TGI Fridays in Norwood, 8 p.m. Mondays at Jakes Bar in E. Bridgewater and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Morin’s Hometown Bar & Grille in Attleboro.
Other trivia locations in Norton:
McMahon’s Countryside Grille: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Prizes are awarded.
Pot Belly Jim’s: Thursday’s, 7:30 p.m. Win cash.
By the way, the answers are Mr. Potato Head and the Fuzzy Naval.