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    From http://treasurehunt-tomt.blogspot.co...ton-based.html

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007


    BAR HARBOR — Pel Stockwell, a Boston based artist, and his brother, Los Angeles based screenwriter Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terebithea) have written a book together titled Fandango. It is both a fantasy story and a real treasure hunt “map” with an actual cash prize of more than $10,000 for the first person to solve the riddle.
    Mr. Stockwell who grew up summers in Vinyl Haven and has visited MDI many times (his sister Lilea owns the Town Hill Market) has picked the Island as the place to hide the key to his 10 grand treasure.“Well it is a rather magical place,” he says. “I also like that it is both self contained and easily accessible — you don’t have to take a ferry to get there.”He says when he and his siblings were growing up on Vinyl Haven, his grandmother used to create treasure hunts for them — scattering clues about the woods, which, with some deciphering, led to a fun object that had been secretly salted away by “pirates” “I guess I just wanted to recreate that experience for other kids.” He says.The idea really began to percolate when British illustrator Kit Williams created Masquerade, about 15 years ago, a book that was both a story and an actual treasure map, with clues leading to a jewel encrusted golden rabbit. That treasure was eventually found by some clever reader about three years after the book came out.Mr. Stockwell confesses that he based the design of his book after Masquerade. While his illustrations are not nearly as elegant as Mr. Williams’ intricate images, they are packed with intriguing little hints and visual teasers that excite the imagination and, no matter how hard you try to resist—get one—and start to dream about solving the riddle and finding the treasure. And if the drawings are a bit primitive, it makes them seem more accessible than Williams more elegant illustrations. More like something you, or I could actually figure out.The text by Mr. Stockwell’s brother Jeff is imaginative and fun, too, once one gets used to the unusual rhyme scan.“No fox an island but here in MaineWe can, at least, be islanders. My storyThen, unfurls on Island territory.Acadia. An old jewel on a chainOf stone……..”The story he tells is about a wily fox, Fandango, who makes off with a key that Neptune, the god of the sea, had intended to send to his love, the Lady of the Wind.Readers are invited, by Fandango to participate in the quest for a real physical key that is hidden somewhere on MDI. Whoever finds it may claim the cash prize.Mr. Stockwell says the riddles can be solved without ever stepping foot on MDI, although a certain familiarity with the island’s interesting geography and history would be helpful.“One can figure it all in the comfort of their home and then come get the key or even send someone else to get it,” he says.He stresses that while the key is indeed hidden, it is not buried and he hopes treasure hunters won’t be running around with shovels digging up people’s lawns or Acadia National Park property.While he would like his treasure hunt to be a challenge, he does want it to be solved in a reasonable amount of time and the cash claimed.“I’d like to do one of these every year, with a new hunt,” he says.But if it does prove too difficult, in 13 years, the year 2020, the secret will be revealed and the prize given to a worthy cause.Pel Stockwell will be coming in person to sign copies of Fandango at Sherman’s Books in Bar Harbor, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. Aspiring treasure seekers are welcome to try to get a few hints from the mapmaker himself, but it probably won’t work. Believe me, I tried. Visit www.followthefox.com
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    suelough - YOU ROCK!! I wasn't dreaming after all! Do you find it particularly interesting that the article mentions the author's hope that people won't be running around digging up private lawns or Acadia Nat'l Park property? I have read a few other threads about the park being the most likely site to hide the key, but what a big red herring that would be.....

    Thanks again for posting that!
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    You're welcome.
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    Default I talked to Pel on Thursday

    Just in case anyone has their doubts, the hunt is definately still on. I went to MDI on Thursday because I THOUGHT I had solved the riddle. I followed my clues and arrived where I THOUGHT the key was supposed to be and it wasn't there. I thought it was tied to a string and suspended in a long pipe that went underground. Assuming that the key had fallen off the string and was irretrieveable, I got in touch with Pel but he quickly confirmed that he had not hidden the key where I tought he did. I told him about the clues I had uncovered and asked him if I was warm, and he said he couldn't say in order to be fair to everyone else. But he did tell me to write down everything I had and save it for "future use".

    This might suggest the theory that to locate the key you have to be in a certain place at a certain time of the year.

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    Thanks for the update Matty - sorry you didn't find it. Yet.
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    The whole episode was hilarious in the end. I was too headstrong-not the way to solve a treasure hunt. Also, I picked a location and worked it backwards. I bet I could pick any location on the Island and find clues to "make it work". Another thing Pel said was that there are alot of "misdirection" clues in the book.

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    Default To Late?

    So is it worth buying the book still? Is Someone close to finding the key? Is it to late to join in the fun??

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    Default Not even close

    Quote Originally Posted by ALT View Post
    So is it worth buying the book still? Is Someone close to finding the key? Is it to late to join in the fun??
    Alt - From what I have seen, nobody is even close to finding the key (or at least not talking!). The book is a fun read, and some of the easier puzzles will draw you in. From there is where it gets interesting.

    Come on and join us in the hunt - its not too late!

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    I agree that no one is even close to solving Fandango, myself included. Therefore it would be worth buying the book and joining in on the hunt. My only recommendation is that you order the book from amazon.com or target.com because for some reason ordering from followthefox.com has proven troublesome for several people already. Good luck and enjoy the hunt!

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    Default Spoke to Pel

    I spoke to Pel today regarding a book signing on the deck of my store here in Bar Harbor. He said he wasn't able to make it up here before Columbus Day (which is the end of the season) but maybe next year if the puzzle isn't solved by then.
    I asked him a couple of questions which I thought I'd share.
    1. Can the treasure be found only at a certain time of year or season? No, the treasure can be found year round. Maybe harder to find in the snow.
    2. Is the treasure in a hard to get to place like up a ladder trail or out on a cliff or out on a buoy? No, it's in an easy to get to place except if you were in a wheelchair.

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