July 2014: Find Waldo in Minneapolis!
Where's Waldo? In Minneapolis of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From Pizzeria Lola to Paperback Exchange, from Clancey’s Meats & Fish to the Walker Library, Waldo and newly added for 2014, faithful dog Woof, figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Minneapolis!” passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each
Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at eight or more sites can bring their passports back to Wild Rumpus to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at fifteen or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to enter in a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
Whether you've collected one stamp or all twenty, you're invited to our huge Waldo Celebration on Thursday, July 31 at 6pm. This is one party you don't want to miss: we'll have Waldo himself, pizza from Hello Pizza, live music, and of course, tons of prizes
that will be raffled off to Waldo searchers who have found fifteen or more Waldos.
Prizes include: 1 Waldo boxset, Waldo Postcard books, Waldo poster book, giftcards from Heartfelt, Hello Pizza, Pizzeria Lola, France 44 Cheese Shop, Chatterbox Pub, and Wild Rumpus; and T-Shirts from Hello Pizza, Pizzeria Lola, and Wild Rumpus!
And now, announcing our fantastic local participating businesses (we love you guys!!!):
Walker Library (Children's Area)
And your host...Wild Rumpus Books
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 61 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Wild Rumpus here in Minneapolis, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.