Announcing the Fourth Annual
Where's Waldo in Storrs Mansfield
Elusive Book Character Creates Summertime Fun to Support the Shop Local Movement
Where's Waldo? In Storrs Mansfield, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, book coupons and more. From G.M. Thompson and Sons, Inc. at 54 Middle Tpke, Mansfield Depot, CT 06251 to The Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry at One Royce Circle, 101B, Storrs, CT 06268, from Mike’s Stand at1640 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT to Sweet Emotions Candy at 9 Dog Lane 3106B, Storrs, CT 06268 Waldo figures will be well hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.
Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Storss/Mansfield passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to The UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand prize drawing on July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.
Where’s Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in the late eighties. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 63 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into over 30 languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.
In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is once again teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including the UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center here in Storrs, for some hide and seek fun as well as to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July.
List of Participating Local Businesses:
Bagel Zone Café and Grill, 1733 Storrs Road Unit 2, Mansfield, CT 06268
Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, One Royce Circle, 101B, Storrs, CT 06268
Benton Café, William Benton Museum of Art, 245 Glenbrook Road, Storrs, CT 06269
Café Co-op, 2075 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269
Champlion’s General Store, 2 Old Mill Court, Storrs, CT 06268
Friendly Fire, 9 Dog Lane, B110, Storrs, Ct 06268
G.M. Thompson and Sons, Inc., 54 Middle Tpke, Mansfield Depot, CT 06251
Haru Aki Café, One Royce Circle, C105, Storrs, CT 06268
Head Husky Barber Shop, 9 Dog Lane, B 104, Storrs, CT 06268
The Hoot, 86 Storrs Road (Across from East Brook), Willimantic, CT 06226
Husky Pizza, Dog Lane, Storrs, CT 06268
Le Petit Marché, One Royce Circle, Storrs, CT 06268
Mansfield Supply, 1527 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Mike’s Stand, 1640 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268
O.L. Willard Company, 1753 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Storrs Center Cycle, 1132 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Sweet Emotions Candy, 9 Dog Lane 3106B, Storrs, CT 06268
The Flower Pot, 9 Dog Lane, Storrs, CT 06268
The Farmer's Cow, 86 Storrs Road, Mansfield Center, CT.
Tri-County Greenhouse, (formerly Hockanum ), 290 Middle Tpke, Storrs, CT 06268
UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center, One Royce Circle 101,Storrs, CT 06268
UConn Co-op, 2075 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269
UConn Dairy Bar, 3636 Horsebarn Hill Road Extension, Storrs, CT 06269-4040
Union Exchange, Student Union, Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269
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