Light Up the Season
Candle Scavenger Hunt

First Church invites the community to join us for a fun holiday event.  Can you decode all of the clues and find the 24 candles on lawns all over Cheshire?   If you can, you can win a prize for your family and maybe even $250 donation in your name to select local charities.  

  • The Candle Scavenger Hunt will take place over the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

  • Six (6) different candles will be released each week – November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20. All candles will stay up until Christmas Eve.

  • Clues for each candle will be released via Facebook and on the First Congregational Church’s website each Sunday afternoon.

  • Each candle will have a different “word of the season” on it.

  • Follow the clues to find the candles around town. Make note of each candle’s “word of the season” using the Candle Scavenger Hunt Answer Sheet. (see Answers section below) 

  • Feel free to take pictures of the candles where it is safe to do so. Post on social media and be sure to tag #CheshireCandleHunt2020

  • Submit your answers online here, or email them to Candles@firstcheshire.org (scan or photo is acceptable) NO LATER THAN noon on December 24th. Paper copies can also be dropped off in the box outside the front door of the church.

Please note that candles will be located on people’s yards. We ask that you respect the “hosts” homes and yards. Also, please be extremely careful when stopping to take pictures of the candles or to look for the words on each candle. If you cannot do so safely, please return at another time

 

Rules

Prizes and Winners

  • More than anything, HAVE FUN and enjoy this activity with your family.

  • Prize winners will be randomly drawn from all submitted entries. Even if you miss one or more weeks, you can still submit and be entered in the drawing.

  • Prizes will include gift certificates to local restaurants and stores.

  • In addition, four entries will be drawn and First Congregational Church will make a $250 donation in the winners’ names to your choice of one of the following charities:

    • Cheshire Community Food Pantry

    • CT Food Bank

    • The Diaper Bank

    • Master’s Manna

    • RIP Medical Debt

    • Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries

    • Operation Fuel

    • Columbus House

    • Chrysalis

    • Dept. of Children and Families (Waterbury)

 

Clues

 

Week 1 - November 29th - Candles 1 - 6


1) 54 Flagler Avenue The age at which youth can vote in this land Then multiply it by three and you’ll be just grand The Avenue’s name is unique by far What waves in the wind followed by L-E-R 2) 235 Scenic Court To locate this address just count to five Then remove both the one and the four to arrive This road would describe all places with scenery The second part is where laws are decided quite eqgerly 3) 814 Moss Farm Road Our national anthem was written this year But omit the first digit, just to be clear Then think of a term to which you can liken A Farm upon which one only grows lichen 4) 1776 Orchard Hill Road The number is that of our country’s seceding The road is a Hill where apples are seeding Named after a farm of trees filled with fruit Is where you will find the candle to boot 5) 201 Strathmore Drive Just over ten score by a digit of one Is the address of the home to which you should run The name of this Drive isn’t easy to guess But I’ll tell you one thing: it isn’t Strath-LESS 6) 20 Towpath Road The start of this place is a number quite clear Just say it twice to get the name of this year Once you have that then you simply must find The Path where horses Tow cargo behind




Week 2 - beginning December 6th - Candles 7 thru 12


1) 330 Oak Avenue The address is easy, it’s six times fifty-five That is the number to which you should drive The Avenue’s simple, it’s so easy to see It’s named after an old three-letter tree 2) 6 Mulberry Court Blue, straw, rasp, black are not the right kind But what does one do to make warm, spiced wine? It’s not a long street, it won’t take much time The house has the number that is the second non-prime 3) 108 Lancaster way A dozen, a dozen, then a dozen again Keep adding dozens, but stop right before ten Then comes a city in the midst of PA You might see the Amish if you travel this Way 4) 258 Sharon Drive Between two and eight is a number, their mean The three digits in order is what you will need The Drive is a forename found in real life What is the name of Ozzy’s second wife? 5) 1218 Side Hill Road A dozen to start, then a dozen plus six Those are the four numbers that will be your fix Hillside Cemetery shares the name of this road Swap the first and the last to find the abode 6) 800 Mountain Road One score times two score is a good place to start What you call a large hill is the next part “Road” is the last piece, and this much I’ll say You must leave the main street for a more private way




Week 3 - Beginning December 13th - Candles 13 thru 18


1) 140 Dawson Lane Remind me, friend, for my mind’s in a cloud The old character limit that Twitter allowed Then off of Talmadge you’ll find a Lane Named after the Creek of VanDerBeek fame 2) 569 Cook Hill Road This number is prime, making it fun You’ll find it right before number five seven one Then comes a culinarian, a chef, a baker All on a Road and an elevated acre 3) 50 Glenbrook Drive A term for a valley that starts with a G Plus the word for a stream that starts with a B The number is that of Grant’s dollar bill Then what a car does that requires some skill 4) 430 Chestnut Drive An area code, but not for Havana It’s down in the south, in old Texarkana This Street is named after a nut that aspires To one day be “roasting on an open fire” 5) 15 Hawthorne Drive The number’s the hour known as 3PM But read like the army to lower mayhem Then comes the Drive, the surname of a man “The Scarlet Letter” was his, if you’re a fan 6) 112 Harrison Road Eleventy two is the number to start If you know what that means you really are smart The Road shares a name with the ninth POTUS But only the surname is worth your notice




Week 4 - Beginning December 20th - Candles 19 thru 24


1) 45 Spring Street Between winter and summer is where this Street lies I’m not asking much, just open your eyes But first comes the number, it’s not that bad How many presidents has our country had 2) 495 Higgins Road Turn at the light where Shrek’s house stood And yes, it’s ok, the owner said that you could Go right ahead, down the long drive Of half of one thousand, minus a five 3) 33 Trout Brook Road The number is arsenic, found on the table More scientific and less of a fable A fish and a river make the road matter The former’s a T and a B is the latter 4) 74 Far Horizon Drive Add three metal Georges then minus a Lincoln You’ll see what I mean when you let that sink in Next the inverse of near, the reverse of nearby Then the line in the distance, between earth and sky 5) 339 Guinevere Ridge The first and the second numbers are threes To find the third just multiply these Up on a Ridge is where you’ll find this light At a road named for the wife of Arthur the knight 6) 23 Country Club Road Hours in a day but minus the last That is the figure for which you have asked For this next clue I’ll go out on a limb To say “Nation Clique” is a poor synonym





View clues on line here or pick up a paper copy from the decorated box in front of First Church (111 Church Drive).  Each week the additional clues will be added to the website and the box in front of the church.

Answers

 

Submit your answers and WIN!!!

Remember each week there will be 6 new clues released.  Find all the clues by December 24th at noon and submit them for your chance to win an exciting prize such as gift certificate or a gift to a $250 cash donation to a local community organization in your name. 

  1. Download and print your answer sheet today or pick up a paper copy from the decorated box in front of First Church (111 Church Drive).  

  2. Solve the clues and find all the candles on lawns around town

  3. Submit the answers online here or email a copy of your answer sheet to candles@FirstCheshire.org or Drop off a paper copy in the drop box in front of First Church (111 Church Drive).  Submit anytime after the week 4 clues are released and no later than NOON on December 24th!

More than anything, HAVE FUN and enjoy this activity with your family.

 

Prize winners will be randomly drawn from all submitted entries. Even if you miss one or more weeks, you can still submit and be entered in the drawing.

Please note that candles will be located on people’s yards. We ask that you respect the “hosts” homes and yards. Also, please be extremely careful when stopping to take pictures of the candles or to look for the words on each candle. If you cannot do so safely, please return at another time

Questions

 

If you have any questions, just drop us a note at candles@FirstCheshire.org

This event is for the entire community and is sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, An Open and Affirming Congregation
of the United Church of Christ. 

 

 

All are invited and welcome to take part in this community event.   

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