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History Mystery 2009!

by Terry Burton, Digital Media Coordinator

I have almost recovered from History Mystery 2009 … and if you were there, you know what I mean.

If you weren’t there — well, as a fresh convert myself, let me testify, sistah! What a great, great time. Hands down the most fun fundraiser ever! Hoards of us crazy clue-seekers fanning out over Old Town Fort Collins on a gorgeous warm Friday night, shooting each other with water pistols, wild costumes, great food and drink … are you kidding me? No way I’m ever going to miss it again. And I found out that I know more about Fort Collins history than I realized … yeah, I’m a little self-satisfied. Plus the event raised money for the Fort Collins Museum Foundation, ensuring continued support for Museum needs into the future.

Check out some great photos from the event on our Flickr site. And put yourself in the picture next year!

The History Mystery Challenge 2009 at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center

The History Mystery Challenge 2009 at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center

Calling all smarty pants! History Mystery Challenge awaits

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

I’ll admit it; I’m not much of a scavenger hunt person. I suspect this stems from when I was little and the “Easter Bunny” (that’s right, Mom and Dad, I figured it out) would hide my Easter basket each year. I’d have to search for it as my parents sat in the living room, watching me with annoyingly self-satisfied smirks on their faces. One year the basket was in the garbage can (garbage removed, thankfully). Another year it was hanging from the shower head. Then there was the time it was suspended from the pipes in the basement. The “Bunny’s” finest hour was the year it was hidden under the pile of dirty laundry in my closet (took me over 5 hours to find that one, and then I had to do the laundry, too!). Suffice to say, the experiences left me lacking in “hunter” enthusiasm.

So it was with a little trepidation (and a lot of the spirit of a good employee who wants to continue to be employed) that this week I scavenger hunted once more. You might have seen me, along with my five companions, running through Old Town Tuesday afternoon. We were a motley bunch: two directors, two curators, one educator, and very smart soon-to-be third grader with cute shoes, clutching sheets of clues and trying not to trip over curbs as we ran through town (we already had one broken arm amongst us, and that was enough). Why were we doing this? History Mystery, of course!

Now, before you panic, don’t worry, you haven’t missed it. History Mystery Challenge, the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center’s fourth annual scavenger hunt fundraising extravaganza, will be happening Friday, August 28th and there’s still time to register. What we were doing was testing out the clues – seeing if the challenge to find all the answers in less than 90 minutes was possible.

Now, I can’t tell you what the clues were, as that would be cheating and we all know that cheating is wrong, but I can tell you that solving them was a blast! Deciphering clever clues written in (cough, loose, cough) rhyming meter is way better than hunting for your Easter basket in the garage. I discovered new areas of Old Town, and on at least two occasions I was instrumental in solving a clue and it felt good to be smart. You can feel good for being smart, too, and you’ll have even more fun than I did because the actual contest has food, drink, adult beverages, door prizes, and costumes.

If you haven’t signed up for History Mystery Challenge yet, there’s still time. Visit the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center website for more information and, after all the work I did testing out these clues, I expect to see you there.

(P.S. I can’t tell you the clues (remember, kids, cheating is wrong), but for a price I may be willing to consider performing an interpretive dance that gracefully embodies the riddles. Interested parties can contact me at the Museum – I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.)

Are you ready for the Challenge?

by Beth Higgins, Public Relations/Development Coordinator

What could be more fun than hanging out at the Museum and in Old Town Square on a warm August evening? Well, how about solving clues, eating great food, and winning prizes? Yes, you can!

It’s fun …

The Fort Collins Museum Foundation presents the Fourth Annual History Mystery Challenge on August 28 from 6 – 10 pm at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center. This crazy-fun event (unlike anything else in Fort Collins!) brings teams together for food, drinks, and sleuthing to support the Fort Collins Museum Foundation.

It’s challenging …

Teams of four to six players receive a Clue Book upon arrival. After enjoying catered hors d’oeuvres (really a light dinner) and refreshments (beer, wine and lemonade), teams assemble for the starting bell. Over twenty clues (hermetically sealed and kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnallsporch since noon that day) will lead players throughout Old Town to answer riddles. Players have only 90 minutes to return to the Museum, completed clue books in hand, to be eligible to win the impressive and coveted “Grand Prize.” While answers are tallied, participants may enjoy a second round of great food and beverages, participate in the costume contest for additional prizes, and perhaps receive a fabulous door prize from behind Curtain Number Two.

It’s a bit weird …

But that’s what makes it so much fun! The event never takes itself too seriously, and neither should the players. Cheating is not allowed: cheaters will be humilated on stage to the amusement of other, non-cheating players. Unique Team Costumes are encouraged, and unique Team Names are required (nothing like “Bill’s Team.” Yawn.) If you have less than four to six players we’ll pair you up with others, and if you can’t think of a team name, we’ll name your team (but you’ve been warned!).

Stuck on a clue? Find a strangely dressed “Clue Salesperson” and BUY a clue! (And who hasn’t wanted to do that, at one time or another?) Or, if you only have a couple of bucks, you can buy a hint. But this is a fundraiser, so please, bring your wallet!

Some necessary details…

  • Registration begins July 15 and closes August 23. Space is limited! Check the website for complete rules and registration information, or call (970) 221-6738.
  • $25 per person. Fee includes food, two drink tickets, entry into prize drawings, and potential to win fabulous and coveted prizes.
  • Must be over 21 to participate (there’s beer and wine, that’s why).

Seriously – don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, fun, crazy event. Call the Museum or check the website for details!!


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