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Historic Hunt Event 2017

Historic Hunt, Auction & Dinner Prove “ Happy Days Are Here Again

The Villagers “ Rocked Around the Clock ” at a 1950’s themed fundraiser at the Dezer Auto Museum in North Miami. The Auto Museum was the final stop on this year’s Historic Hunt. The Villagers have been hosting the Historic Hunt for over 30 years to benefit historic preservation projects and student scholarships. This year’s Hunt focused on MiMo (Miami Modern) architecture.

The festivities were off and running with Hunt Road Rally participants heading out of the starting gate at the Miami Women’s Club at 4 PM. More than 30 participants matched their wits against Clue Master Dolly MacIntyre as they identified 20 historic locations along the route north.

Hunters explored sites ranging from the mosaic tiled Bacardi Building (now the home of the National YoungArts Foundation), MiMo-era motels, including the meticulously restored Vagabond, and the famous neon Coppertone sign, now retired in its new location.

The finish line brought them at 6:30 to the large aluminum covered arch at the Auto Museum and led them to a 1950’s replica diner and soda shop. The party-only crowd welcomed them in for a festive dinner and yummy sundae bar along with a terrific silent auction and tour of the incredible Auto Museum.

Hunt clue answers were announced and prizes were presented to the winning teams. The first place team captured the hunt with a perfect score! They found all 20 sites in less than two hours.

Cool cats twirled their kittens around the dance floor to ’50s and ’60s tunes spun by the Rhythm City deejay while Exquisite Catering by Robert kept the outside grill going for a ready supply of delicious hamburgers and hot dogs.

Thank you to Corporate event sponsors D&B Tile Distributors and SEFL, a lighting distributor, as well as our individual sponsors Loyda & Guy Lewis, Mary Beth Burke & James Tillett and Marta Fernandez.