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Find Waldo in Rutland!

Event date: 
Monday, July 1, 2019 (All day) to Friday, July 26, 2019 (All day)

Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course!  The iconic children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including these partners:

  • Timco Jewelers, 59 Center Street
  • Wonderfeet Kids Museum, 11 Center Street
  • Rutland Area Food Co-op, 77 Wales Street
  • Frogs and Lily Pads, 25 Center Street
  • Vermont Truffle Company, 37 Center Street
  • Handcarved by Ernie, 26 Center Street
  • Bookmobile, 17 Center Street
  • Fruition, 56 Merchants Row
  • Triumph Barre and Pilates Studio, 96 Merchants Row
  • Rutland Chamber of Commerce, 50 Merchants Row
  • The Bakery, 122 West Street
  • McNeil & Reedy, 81 Merchants Row
  • Avanti Unisex Hair Salon, 52 Center Street
  • Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street
  • Camille's, 44 Merchants Row
  • Downtown Gentleman's Salon, 32 Merchants Row
  • Home Alternatives by Kindred Spirit, 116 West Street
  • Star Barber Shop, 114 Merchants Row
  • Same Sun of Vermont, 141 West Street
  • Black Moon Games, 7 Evelyn Street
  • Speakeasy Cafe, 67 Center Street
  • Grow Vermont, 38 Wales Street
  • Unlimited Potential, 146 West Street
  • ...and, of course, Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Rutland!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo’s nemesis, Odlaw, will also be hiding in Phoenix Books. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers entry into a grand-prize drawing on July 26, with the top prize being a copy of Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!, a tribute to Waldo’s many decades of wandering.

Martin Handford’s collections of crowd scenes took the world by storm in the late 1980s, and since then they have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves. There are now over 72 million Waldo books in print worldwide, and they’ve been translated into over thirty languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo.

Once again, in celebration of Waldo’s longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and two hundred and fifty independent bookstores across the country for some hide-and-seek fun to encourage communities to patronize their local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for almost the entire month of July.


Event address: 
2 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701