At the MAH’s anticipated scavenger hunt Race Through Time, the station I operated was one of my personal favorite spots in town: The Red Room restaurant and bar!
Pandemonium ensued as soon as the race began, and contestants rushed to my station within minutes of the starting time. Armed with bicycles, feet, mysterious clues, and the support of each other, contestants proved their awesome knowledge of Santa Cruz history.
The clue leading contestants to the Red Room alluded to what used to be the old Santa Cruz Hotel and its many patrons, and “sinners” among other ominous things.
For bonus points, contestants at my station could make like the partygoers inside the Red and take shots!…Of different flavors of red juice. This activity was a little unorthodox, but it was suitable for the theme of Red and sinning and drinking and such. And that’s just how we do things at the MAH, of course.
Folks eagerly guzzled down sugary cranberry, grapefruit, and cherry juice to give them just the boost they needed to carry on with the race. Some folks were a little disappointed that the juice didn’t contain any mind-altering substances, but I assured them they could partake in those activities after Race Through Time’s epic conclusion.
Lauren Crosser was a temporary barkeep at the Red, and is currently a Community Programs intern at the MAH this summer