“On the 2200 block of Essex St., find the storm door with six Disney characters on it. Name all six characters.”
“Go to the 200 block of S. Washington St. and find a house where you can whitewash a fence.”
For those who say they can accomplish a greater number of these and similar tasks faster than their neighbors, the Fells Prospect Scavenger Hunt offers an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.
Fortunately, there’s not too much ante involved—$10 in advance or $15 day-of—but there could be a lot of fun.
“Basically, what we’ve done is scour the neighborhood to find unique qualities throughout the neighborhood,” said Thin Thin Mencarini, explaining how the Fell’s Prospect Garden Club came up with the questions.
Thin Thin is president of the Garden Club, which conceived the scavenger hunt as a fundraiser to beautify the neighborhood.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, teams of two to four people will meet at Water For Chocolate at the intersection of Wolfe and Lombard, and pick up their list of tasks to be completed and questions to be answered. The teams do as many of these as they can, and then meet at
Ale Mary’s—at Washington and Fleet—at 2 p.m. There will be first-, second-, and third-place winners.
Ale Mary’s will have $4 pint margaritas and $3 “grab bags”—a beer and taco in a bag—for scavenger hunt participants.
Thin Thin said that no team will check off every item on the list.
“It’s impossible,” she said. “The goal is not to finish—you have to strategize.”
It’s a merit-based competition. The team with the most completed items wins first prize.
Prizes were donated by local businesses, including Salt Tavern, Johnny Rad’s Pizza, the Baltimore Cakery, Pooches and Purrs, the Creative Alliance, Tochterman’s Fishing Tackle, Loading Dock Liquors, and more.
“Not only do we have gift certificates, we have items as well,” said Thin Thin.
The hunt includes obligatory stops at some of the business “to take a photo or answer a trivia question.”
“That way, we can get our sponsors some publicity as well,” said Thin Thin.
The Garden Club intends to purchase more plants and perennials for some lots on the 700 block of S. Chester St. there were adopted from the city.
by Erik Zygmont