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    Thanks for the update, Sean.
    Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!

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    Question When is the book signing?

    Quote Originally Posted by sean98 View Post
    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.
    Hi Sean,

    Any decision on a book signing date yet? I'd hope to meet Pel and get my copy of the book signed if that's still a possibility.

    Thanks.

    Kelly

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    Default No word yet

    He hasn't got back to me and I emailed him twice. When I spoke to him last September, he seemed interested. I'll give him another try, I'd like to meet him too.

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    Lightbulb ... a couple of things

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    From Treasure Hunt

    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
    tomt's single blog posting dated August 15, 2007 is curious. For starters, why bother announcing that there will be a book signing when the book signing had occurred two days earlier on the 13th? OK - so then possibly the text had been written sometime prior to August 13 and technology issues like blogging for the first time can be daunting... daunting enough to stop blogging I guess.

    tomt's writing makes me think that it is actually Pel who is writing, most notably the deprecating bits about the Fandango illustrations when compared to Kit Williams' paintings in Masquerade. There's also the less tangible; that of voice, a single voice transcending the quotation marks.

    The true identity of tomt aside, the author is lacking a few facts about Masquerade... or doesn't quite have them straight. Masquerade wasn't published in (about) 1992, it was published on September 20, 1979. And the treasure wasn't eventually found by some clever reader about three years after the book came out. The golden hare was underhandedly obtained by Dugald Thompson, under the pseudonym of Ken Thomas, and unearthed Wednesday February 24, 1982. The entire story is most recently and very well presented in the in-depth article by journalist Paul Slade on his website at planetslade.com. While it may not shed any light on Fandango's solution, I recommend reading this well-written article if for no other reason than to honor the two men, Barker and Rousseau to whom rightfully the treasure should have gone.

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    Default Still no word

    Still no word from Pel after several emails to him. I had invited him to do a book signing on the deck of my store in Bar Harbor and show his paintings from Fandango for the Legacy of the Arts that happens Father's Day week in June.
    Has anybody heard from him recently?

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    Hi Sean,

    The last note I rec'd from him, in response to my first reasoned solution (which by the way I went out looking for on 2.20.2010 and that didn't pan out), was on 2.18.2010:
    As you know, I can not confirm or deny solutions that are sent. Once the riddle is solved, it should be fairly clear to the reader.

    All the best,

    Pel


    Please do let us know if he plans on doing another book signing... maybe Jeff might be there too?

    Kind regards,

    Kelly

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    Quote Originally Posted by suelough View Post

    You're welcome. I was pleased that they responded so quickly.
    Hi Sue and Mods,

    I have recently tried to contact the author (via followthefox - Home) to confirm that the key is still in the original hiding place.

    No response. Would one of the mods mind giving it a try?

    Thanks,
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    Default the key is still hidden

    I'm sure the key is still hidden in the original location. I have Pel's cell # but I'm not going to bother him so don't ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astreeturover View Post

    Hi Sue and Mods,

    I have recently tried to contact the author (via followthefox - Home) to confirm that the key is still in the original hiding place.

    No response. Would one of the mods mind giving it a try?

    Thanks,
    astree
    Hi mattylarocha,

    Thanks for your response. If wish we were a little more rock-solid on that. Looking for something worth a celebration.


    Mods,

    I'm more concerned at this point. I never received a response, almost a year now.

    I would still like to confirm that the key is hidden in the original spot, and marked with the same (or similar) markers.

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    I too wrote to the "Fandango" authors to inquire about the status of the treasure hunt. (I wrote via the "Follow the Fox" website.) I received a reply from Pel Stockwell. I copied and pasted it below.

    Thank-you for your inquiry. We do not moniter the web-site on a daily basis but we do respond to anyone who has provided a return e-mail address. E-mails go through a 3rd party provider so we do not automatically receive a return address. The treasure has not been discovered. Once it is, we will post that on the website. Thanks again!

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