This evening (Thursday, June 11th) you might want to forego the fashionable footwear for comfy kicks and make tracks to Mass Ave for Indy Reads Books' 2015 Scavenge the Ave.
Sponsored by MHS, this six-block urban scavenger hunt will send you seeking answers and testing your neighborhood know-how of this happenin' hub of arts and culture.
Depending on your competitiveness (unless you feel the need to finish first), you might want to duck into Pizzology's cellar for a craft cocktail at the Libertine. Or chill with a cold one at the OPT and watch Ann Dancing at the corner of Vermont and Alabama, as people pose for pics at the Indy sculpture on the corner across the street.
Along with a having a good time, you'll help Indy Reads raise awareness. Proceeds from this seventh annual Scavenge the Ave will benefit the organization's adult literacy programs, which aim to help the one in five adults in Central Indiana who struggle with reading and writing -- and with everyday life, as a result.
Last year 190 individuals and 53 business participants took the challenge, which raised almost $6,000 in the process.
- Courtesy the Wikimedia Commons, Mike Potter, Mass Ave Indy & Visit Indy
Mass Ave is home to landmarks big and small, from the Old National Centre to Julian Opie's hip-swaying, LED Ann Dancing.
If you're up for some cool fun on this sizzling hot day, register at 6 p.m. at the Indy Reads Bookstore (911 Massachusetts Ave.). Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased online, or $15 at the door. Kids 10 and younger can participate for free. Event organizers anticipate about 300 participants tonight, but they hope for even more.
At check-in, you or your team (of up to five members) will be given the first clue, rules of the game and a map of Mass Ave. Then, for the next couple of hours (or less, if you really know your stuff), you're encouraged to "hunt" along the avenue and throughout the always-entertaining cultural district, asking merchants for help with the answers.
Around 8 p.m., if you're a successful scavenger who has completed the sheet, you can win discounts at select area shops and be entered in a drawing for additional larger prizes.
For more details or to register online, visit http://www.indyreads.org/events/scavenge-the-ave/ Or call Indy Reads Books for additional info at (317) 384-1496.