Cache in Concrete

2015 - How'd it go?

Successful community program!

A Review...
  • We hid 9 small boxes throughout town and wrote up a booklet with clues on where to find them.
  • All 9 boxes had historical Q&As inside that celebrated the history of the town of Concrete.
  • In each box was a rubber stamp and when stamped together in a grid, a picture of a Concrete landmark was revealed.
  • Additional information was included in the booklet on where to go for more local adventures.

Did you know that...
  • We printed 900 booklets, distributed them throughout town, and as of the end of September, had only 47 left.
  • Concrete Summer Learning Adventure took on the challenge. That means that 40+ local kids learned more about the history of their town!
  • We had to replace the box hidden at the Concrete Silos three times.
  • This program appealed to locals and tourists alike; it gave families an activity to do and a reason to hang-out in town.
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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

Cascade Supply has recently signed on as a sponsor, as well as Cascade Burgers and Concrete Self Storage. If you know of anyone else that would like to be a sponsor ($50/year per sponsor to help cover printing costs), let me know: Brooke Pederson at the Upper Skagit Library, bpederson@upperskagit.lib.wa.us.

Special thanks to...

  • John Boggs for compiling all the Q&As that helped celebrate and educate folks on the history of Concrete.
  • Dean Hansen for making the wood bases of the rubber stamps.
  • Jason Miller for constructing the hiding place of box #5. Tweet, tweet!
  • Gary J Mosher for letting us use one the photos from his book, Men of Concrete, for the cover photo on our booklet.
  • Em Beals for handing out over a 150 cookies to those that brought a completed booklet back to the Bakery.

Looking forward to 2016...I'd love your feedback!

What do you think went well about Cache in Concrete? What could be done better? Email me, Brooke Pederson, at bpederson@upperskagit.lib.wa.us with any comments and/or suggestions.

Things we're currently working on:
  • Having a bigger presence for Cache in Concrete online.
  • Moving away from inky rubber stamps to either stickers or puzzle pieces.
  • Looking to create a booklet that can be printed more cost-effectively.
  • Creating different cache "trails" that may venture outside Concrete to explore more of the Upper Skagit.