Not all projects end with the exact same plan they started with – in fact, most don’t. However, the hallmark of any good team is the ability to adjust.
When the updayton nightlife team first met at the Young Creatives Summit last April, they rallied around the idea of using artist propelled rickshaws to connect various parts of downtown. This plan was proposed in response to a challenge from the Downtown Dayton Partnership to add a new aspect to First Friday that would help connect the many offerings from the galleries, restaurants and bars around downtown.
Well… not even a week after the Summit, Tricab was unveiled. Not wanting to compete with a new business, the nightlife team went back to the drawing board. This resourceful group of volunteers quickly responded with another popular idea discussed at the Summit: a First Friday Scavenger Hunt. Says, team lead Duante Beddingfield of the scavenger hunt idea, “The Downtown Dayton Partnership and AAA have a great passport incentive that’s designed to get people around to all the galleries on First Friday, and we wanted to design something similar to move people around through the businesses and special events that are available as well.”
After a couple months of planning, the team’s first hunt is set for this Friday, August 5th. The evening promises to be jam-packed with fun clue finding at stops at some of downtown’s best restaurants, venues and street art spaces. Finding businesses to participate hasn’t been hard, says Beddingfield, “We’ve been knocked out by how enthusiastic the response has been from the business owners who want to be involved.” In fact, a number of businesses are already lined-up for the group’s next hunt this October.
To get started on the Hunt this Friday, pick up your clue sheet from First Friday volunteers at RiverScape immediately following the First Friday After 5 Concert. After completing the clues, head to the after-party destination: Lucky’s Tap Room and Eatery where complimentary drinks await everyone who completes the Hunt.
If you have questions about the event, contact Duante Beddingfield at [email protected].