"Catridge Cluckers" retain their title at the Great North Salem Winter Scavenger Hunt.


A member of the Catridge Cluckers poses as an 18th century teacher, during the Great North Salem Winter Scavenger Hunt. Photo courtesy of Jen Gileno.

On the last weekend of February, the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library hosted the Great North Salem Winter Scavenger Hunt. The “Catridge Cluckers” retained their title as winners; the cleverly named team won the inaugural scavenger hunt last spring. Second place went to the “Ogunquit Marching Macarons,” and in not-so-distant third place were the “Distanteers.”

While there were fewer overall players this winter than there were for last spring's hunt, the teams who played said that they had a lot of fun and were grateful for the opportunity to get outside with family and friends after a long winter spent indoors.

Second-place winners, the "Ogunquit Marching Macarons." Photo courtesy of Jen Gileno.

To play, participants downloaded the Goosechase app from which they answered trivia questions about North Salem and competed in challenges around town. The hunt faced its own challenge in the form of Mother Nature. Library trustee Susie Thompson said, “we postponed from a weekend when there was too much snow and no safe parking to one that was sodden.” By the weekend of February 26, when the hunt took place, organizers were forced to delete a few challenges that would have been too risky on Open Land trails.

As first-place winners, the Cluckers took home an outdoor fire pit donated by Kelloggs & Lawrence. The Marching Macarons won a book collection hand-picked by the Keeler Library Board of Trustees, and the Distanteers scored a beautiful bird feeder to help support North Salem’s avian community. The hunt was sponsored by Hayfields Market.

All participants paid a registration fee of $50 per family. Funds raised will be used to update the children's room and for future programs at the library.

Third-place winners, the "Distanteers," at a North Salem Open Land Foundation site. Photo courtesy of Jen Gileno.

With winter now receding and better weather beginning to show itself, library staff are turning their attention to planning outdoor programs for spring and summer. Library clerk Jennifer Gileno said, “we appreciate the continued support from the community during this time of limited fundraising opportunities.”

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