Save the date for Ooligan’s next big book release party—May 13 is going to be one of the first memorable events of the summer. If you like Portland, books, scavenger hunts, or all of the above, this is one event you won’t want to miss. To celebrate the launch of Brian K. Friesen’s debut novel, At the Waterline, Team Rivers is throwing a massive party to show you how excited we are about this book! Keep reading for all the details.

The Scavenger Hunt:

On May 13 at 3:00 p.m., we’ll kick off our launch celebration with an At the Waterline–themed scavenger hunt throughout the city. The hunt will start near the downtown PSU campus—spanning Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Goose Hollow, and the South Waterfront—and it will end at the Buffalo Gap on Macadam at 6:00 p.m. Grab a few friends and sign up in teams of two to six people to compete. The link to the sign-up sheet is here. We’ll all meet up at a designated location on campus (TBD), hand out the list of scavenger hunt challenges to complete, and ring the starting bell!

How It Works:

First of all, it’s going to be tons of fun; it’s an all-out sprint across the city. You get to choose which challenges you want to complete based on their point value, giving you the ultimate flexibility in your scavenger hunt experience. Pick from mind-bending riddles, photo challenges, and classic seek-and-find items. Each challenge on the list relates to At the Waterline and will be designated a point value. The team with the highest number of points will win one of the epic prize packs donated by our sponsors. There will be some scavenger hunt challenges related to the book, so if you want to give your team a leg up, go ahead and preorder At the Waterline from IndieBound.

Why You Should Do It:

Besides the fact that it’s going to be a great activity for the entire family, every team has the chance to win a variety of awesome prizes from our sponsors. So far, sponsors include Ancestry Brewing, the Willamette Sailing Club, Portland Kayak Company, Pacific Pie Company, The Meadow, Daily Cafe, the Outdoor Program, Crafty Wonderland, and Nossa Familia Coffee—but that’s just the start. We’ve got more sponsors with more prizes rolling in every day. So if you’re up for a bit of fun and the chance to win some seriously cool prizes, you will not want to miss out.

The After-Party:

At 6:00 p.m., all scavenger hunt teams will meet back at the Buffalo Gap, where we’ll tally up scores, award prizes, and celebrate Brian K. Friesen and his amazing book. There will be food, drinks, books, and a short presentation from the author about At the Waterline. The party will officially go until 9:00 p.m., but unofficially, that’s when the Buffalo Gap will start its regular live music program, so you can bet we’ll be sticking around. This is one Ooligan event you don’t want to miss, and best of all, it’s absolutely free. So get your team together and sign up! And if you can’t make the scavenger hunt but still want to celebrate an awesome local author, please drop by the Buffalo Gap after 6:00 p.m. for the launch party.

We can’t wait to see you all out on the hunt! Again, to sign up for the scavenger hunt, fill out this Google Doc. Then make sure to follow Ooligan on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the event as it gets closer.

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