How well do you know SoBo? Find out this weekend, Nov. 7-8.
Time once again for some community-wide, COVID-safe, “let’s get outside together” fun for everyone on the South Baltimore peninsula. No chalk needed, just an eagerness to explore our neighborhoods and test your knowledge of their many quirky “hidden-in-plain-sight” treasures. And this time there are PRIZES!
Announcing the ‘O Say Can You See SoBo?’ Scavenger Hunt on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, the contest challenges you to find 26 unique historic, artistic, or architectural landmarks scattered across the peninsula, from Sharp-Leadenhall to Fort McHenry.
We are all familiar with the peninsula’s many well-known visual ‘gems,’ like the Domino Sugars neon sign, the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s crane, and Federal Hill itself. But the peninsula also holds many less-known treasures that you might not have ever seen.
The Scavenger Hunt begins at 9 o’clock sharp on Saturday morning and ends at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
Below are the rules of the Hunt. We will post clues and maps right here on the South Baltimore Peninsula Post at 9 a.m. Saturday. If you’d like to receive an email when the Hunt starts with a link to everything you’ll need, write us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How It Works
You will have 31 hours to find the 26 peninsula gems. Find them all and email us their correct locations by 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, and you’ll be eligible to win Gift Cards to your favorite eatery anywhere on the peninsula.
The Hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, when we release photos of the 26 landmarks as well as maps to help you with your search. All 26 are easily accessible by foot, bike, or car and can be seen from the street or in public parks. The smallest one is just over one-foot square. The biggest is over 400-feet long. Some are high (a few stories up) and some are low, so be sure to look all around during your search.
At the start of the Hunt, the photos and maps you need will be posted online along with a PDF version suitable for printing and an interactive Google Map. (Note: The pins we’ve placed on the Google Map indicate the general location of each gem, not its exact location.) In addition, a limited number of free printed copies of the PDF brochure will be available for you to pick up at 9 a.m. at several locations across the peninsula.
UPDATE (Nov. 4): The free brochures with all the Scavenger Hunt clues and maps will be available for pick up at these peninsula locations (while supplies last):
- Ceremony Coffee, Cross Street Market, Light St. entrance
- Koba Café, 644 E. Fort Ave.
- Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market, 1415 Key Highway
Your challenge is to match each of the photos with one of 26 areas marked on the map where you found the gem. Record your answers by putting the number of the map area (1-26) after the letter (A-Z) marked on each photo. List your answers in alphabetical order A to Z. For example, if you believe the gem in photo A is located in the map area marked 1, write “A:1.” Follow that with photo B and its map area number, all the way to photo Z.
Email your list of answers to the Peninsula Post at email@example.com before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. All correct answers will be entered in a drawing for the Grand Prize and Second Prize.
If you’re feeling ambitious and want to try for a Special Prize, add the street address or closest intersection name of each of the 26 gems to your A-Z list of answers. The first correct and complete answer we receive wins the Special Prize.
Three Prizes Awarded on Nov. 8
Each prize is a Gift Card to one of the great eateries on our peninsula. The eatery is chosen by each winner. Prizes will be announced at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.
- Grand Prize Drawing – $50 gift card
- Second Prize Drawing – $25 gift card
- First Correct Answer Received with complete addresses/intersections – $25 gift card
Share Your Adventure
We’d love to hear tales from your Scavenger Hunt adventure as you search high and low for these hidden treasures. Email us your stories and share your experience on social media with the hashtag #KnowSoBo. Be sure to tag the South Baltimore Peninsula Post on Facebook and Instagram.
Feel free to email us with any questions about how the Hunt works at firstname.lastname@example.org.