The second annual Holidaze Scramble sets participants loose in downtown Hanover on Friday, Nov. 23, for a scavenger hunt in which they puzzle out the clues, take pictures as proof and try to be among the first to return for a shot at the prize money.
“My favorite memory of last year's Scramble was the excitement on people's faces waiting for the ‘On your mark, get set, go!'” says organizer Melissa Speal with the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
Good manners and fair play are expected from all participants, which last year numbered more than 75. The prizes total $375 in Chamber Dollars, which can be redeemed at more than 40 participating businesses.
“The Holdidaze Scramble is focused on a couple of blocks in each direction from Hanover's Center Square,” says Speal. It's designed to “create a better awareness of the shopping, restaurants, etc., available in downtown Hanover, all while having a great time.”
Contestants are limited to using their own muscle power or public transit (no private planes, trains, automobiles, bikes or other means of transportation allowed) as they work out the clues and find specific locations downtown, where they must take a picture using their own smartphone, digital camera or other device. The first, second and third teams to return to the start will receive prizes.
That starting point is a historic monument itself, the Hanover Theater at 39 Frederick St., which first opened more than eight decades ago. The Scramble kicks off at 2 p.m., but participants are encouraged to check in at the table below the theater's marquee by 1:30 p.m.
How it works: The clues, of course, are all-new this year and a highly guarded secret until the start of the race — but Speal shared two from last year's Scramble to give participants a taste of what they're up against:
Clue No. 1: “Find the building that carries the name of the founding father of Hanover, who just happened to be Scottish. Take a photo of a team member pointing to the name of our founding father of Hanover.”
Answer? The McAllister Inn.
Clue No. 2: “Most folks prefer not to be an overnight guest at this location, although the building next door is expected to pamper its guests for an overnight stay and breakfast. Find the iconic symbol that represents this business on a one-way, tree-lined street. Take a photo of a group member checking the time.”
Answer? Panebaker Funeral Home.
How it started: The annual Holidaze Scramble is coordinated by the Chamber and the Saturdays on Main Street organization.
“The former chair of the Saturdays on Main Street committee had participated in similar events in other communities,” Speal says, which led to the Scramble's debut last year.
“Participants should bring a smartphone or camera to take photos of their answers, dress comfortably and be ready to learn about Hanover's history while having a blast,” she says.
And, of course, remember to hold on tightly to the Scramble Passport and race badge in the mad dash for historical trivia and prizes.
Get in the game
Jazz up Black Friday shopping fun with the Holidaze Scramble from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in downtown Hanover.
Participants should arrive by 1:30 p.m. at the Hanover Theater, 39 Frederick St., Hanover, to check in before the hunt begins. Players should return to the theater when they've solved all of the clues and have photos as proof.
At stake is $375 in Chamber Dollars the winners can spend at participating Hanover businesses.
Registration is $10 in advance or $15 at the check-in table. To register in advance, visit the Main Street Hanover Facebook page and “Like” them and send a Facebook email or register at www.hanoverchamber.com through the link on the “Main Street Hanover” page. All pre-registration money must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
For more information, call the Hanover Chamber at (717) 637-6130.
— Reach Kyle Dunlap at firstname.lastname@example.org.