Scene’s Scavenger Hunt winners announced

This photo of the porch of CYMplify Central coffee house, 5402 NW Eighth Ave., was correctly identified by six winners of the Scene Scavenger Hunt.

Dave Schlenker/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 1:05 p.m.

Matthew Howland had little doubt he was Gainesville’s top scavenger.


Scene Scavenger Hunt Answers

1. Bo Diddley Community Plaza
2. Smokehouse Downtown Barbecue
3. Harry’s
4. Florida Museum of Natural History
5. CYMplify Central
6. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
7. Harn Museum of Art
8. Florida Theater Gainesville
9. The Lunchbox
10. University Club
11. The Atlantic
12 Hippodrome Theatre

He emailed his list of correct answers before noon the day Scene’s Scavenger Hunt issue hit driveways. That means he identified all 12 picture clues, matching them with their corresponding arts-and-entertainment venues throughout Gainesville.

“Now, I KNOW I have to be the first, right?” he asked in his email. And he was, making him one of only six Scene readers to correctly identify — and submit — the clues in this year’s hunt, which was published in the Aug. 16 issue of Scene.

To be sure, most of the clues were easy. Photo clues included corners and odd angles of the usual players — the Hippodrome, Phillips Center, Harn Museum of Art. But there were a few tough finds, including the inside of the Smokehouse Downtown Barbecue, red wagons behind The Lunchbox and the Coca-Cola trike tucked on the porch of CYMplify Central, the new coffee house in northwest Gainesville.

So, without further ado, here are the winners of Scene’s second Scavenger Hunt:

1. Matthew Howland

2. Chantay Shafer

3. Brian LaPlant

4. Megan Raulerson

5. Aditi Malwi and Dana Moser

6. Shannon Jackson

Clue No. 8, by the way, was listed by two different names by readers, and we accepted both: The Venue and The Florida Theater. An icon on University Avenue, the Florida Theater was, indeed, a club called The Venue for a time (as well as several other clubs), but it is now called the Florida Theater Gainesville again.

A bit of little-known trivia about the Florida Theater: Two close relatives of Jim Morrison of The Doors were dentists — Dr. Donald Morrison and Dr. Donald Morrison Jr. — who operated their office on the second floor of the theater in the early 1960s.

No joke. The Morrison House is in the historic district nearby.

No matter.

Scene’s Scavenger Hunt, according to the handful who turned in answers, succeeded in its mission to send readers strolling through the city and carefully examining its beloved venues.

“We spent a couple of afternoons ... searching out the visual clues,” noted Moser, who also submitted her photos of each landmark. “Some were apparent. A few were not. But it was fun to run around town, take photos and find a few places we don’t usually get to.”

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