International Shakespeare Center in collaboration with more than a dozen Santa Fe merchants, the New Mexico History Museum, and Palace Press has put together a free family fun event in celebration of the exhibit First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
Pick up your free treasure map, a treasure bag, and clever Shakespearean clues at the History Museum. Match the Shakespearean clue with the appropriate downtown shop on your treasure map (hint: look for Shakespeare Wanted posters in the windows), then go in and speak the speech—say aloud the Shakespearean line from your clue! If your line is correct, the shopkeeper will mark an X on the spot on your map and give you a treasure to put in your bag.
At the end of your hunt, stop in to the New Mexico Museum of Art to view Shakespeare’s First Folio! Also, you can “Check In” on your Facebook account using #ShakespeareSF to post a photo of your favorite treasure item, along with any comments about your hunt and what you learned about Shakespeare.
“You get to poke around downtown while quoting Shakespeare and gathering treasure,” said Robin Williams, ISC co-founder and organizer of the hunt. “What more fun can you have on a cold, wintry day?” As the playwright, or Cerimon in Pericles, says, “Balmed and entreasured, with full bags of spices!”
Start the hunt by picking up your treasure map at the New Mexico History Museum during regular museum hours starting on Saturday, Feb. 6. (Remember the museum is closed on Mondays this time of year!) The hunt runs through Feb. 28 but hurry because participation is limited to the first 200. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is needed.