If you were out around downtown Beverly this past Saturday, you may have witnessed, or been pulled into being a part of, some very strange activities. People romancing take out coffee, catwalking in front of Plum Consignment store, or synchronized swimming in a parking lot, with no water in sight.
The reason for this temporary breakdown in sanity by a large part of the community of Beverly was because this past weekend, on September 24th, The Castle had their first ever Great Beverly Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Now I know everyone probably knows what a scavenger hunt is, but what about a PHOTO scavenger hunt? The rules were simple- each team of 4-6 people got a list of prompts, some where riddles (Get a photo with a dog at the dog meant take a picture with the signature scottish terrier at the Scotty Dog) others were captions (“I can’t believe we all fit in here!” was a popular one) and other were just pictures the teams had to take (a picture of everyone’s feet in the atlantic ocean). Each team started in the Castle’s back parking lot and had 3 hours to complete 25 prompts of their choosing. They had 70 to choose from, each worth different points depending on how hard it was to complete, so choosing which prompts to fill was half the strategy!
Over the course of the hunt we got photo’s submitted via cell phone to us for judging. I was a judge so I didn’t get to run around the city making a fool of myself, but I got to watch other people do it, and it looked like it was a blast for everyone in it! The photos took people all around Beverly, and into some awesome local business that were generous enough to participate- Good Mojo Tattoo, Jackie’s Tee, and A&B Burger were just a few of the names take a part.
Some of the teams were geared up with costumes, matching outfits and one team had a couple of alpaca masks they were wearing (they were aptly named The Screaming Alpacas). We had about 20 teams sign up for the shindig, and it was a party in that backlot when we started at 2pm. Everyone was ready to go out and try to win first place, which would win a hefty prize basket filled with a bunch of swag and gift cards donated by local businesses.
The best part about the hunt was the buy in- $25 each team, and every dollar went to Beverly Bootstraps, a total of $500, to help them out with the great work they’ve been doing here.
If you want to see more pictures and hear about the winner go to out facebook page at facebook.com/thecastlebeverly or just look in facebook or instagram for the hashtag #greatbevhunt