UMaine museum plans photo scavenger hunt

Posted April 17, 2009, at 11:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — In order to participate in a new activity organized by the University of Maine Museum of Art, you need a camera. You also need a car and some friends. Problem-solving abilities will likely come in handy, too.

Most important for participation in La Great Race, however, may be a sense of adventure, as teams of three to four people drive around Bangor and other towns in the area on a photographic scavenger hunt.

“It’s all about creativity, going out and learning more about the city, but also capturing images via photograph,” said UMMA director George Kinghorn, who has tried to involve the museum in a variety of different activities, such as last October’s Fashion Challenge, since he was hired in June 2008.

The race itself will be held Saturday, May 2. Registration closes Tuesday, April 28.

Here’s how La Great Race works: At 9:30 a.m. May 2, the teams will gather at the museum at 40 Harlow St. Each team gets a packet, which can be opened at 10 a.m., containing 60 clues. The clues will help teams find landmarks, businesses and places in the Greater Bangor area. Once the team arrives at the location, the team must be photographed to prove they were there.

The sites in the contest are in and around Bangor with Old Town the farthest location from the museum.

Contestants can use technology such as laptops to help with clues. Teams must have their own digital camera and their own cars.

The teams must leave time to print photographs and bring the printed photos to the museum by 5 p.m. that day. There will be light refreshments while judges tally the results. The team with the most correct answers with photographic evidence gets a $150 gift certificate to a local restaurant, and each team member gets an individual UMMA membership.

Registration is $25 per team and participation is limited to 25 teams. For more information and contest rules, go to www.umma.umaine.edu or call 561-3350.

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