Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 16, 2013

A ‘Miracle’ for all ages coming to Danville

Devan Strebing
Hendricks County Flyer

— HENDRICKS COUNTY—Sitting in the courtroom, one cannot help but to feel anxious, excited and doubtful all at once. Skepticism is at play; how could a man who works at Macy’s Department Store as the store’s Santa possibly be the real Santa Claus? Given his name is Kris Kringle, how will this turn out- the judge declares he is not who he says he is- millions of children will be devastated. On the other hand if he says he is the real Santa- millions of skeptics might be after this man. Traditions of American justice demand to keep an open mind to hear evidence from either side.

Christmas is on its way, so it is somewhat fitting that this man would say he is the real Santa Claus. All children who have seen him have no doubt that this is the man who delivers presents to them on Christmas Eve. Evidence that points to this is shown when the postal service brings in bags of letters that were sent to this man on trial.

The pressure is on for the judge who could possibly not get re-elected in the primary elections coming up. Does he declare Kris Kringle guilty of being insane and not the real Santa Claus or does he announce him innocent and truly Santa?

It’s going to take a miracle for Kris Kringle to win.

So what do you believe? The world is held together by things we cannot see, if you cannot accept everything, even faith, you don’t have anything to believe in.

There are 500 “I believe” buttons being made and spread out across Hendricks County’s merchants of small businesses. A ‘miracle’ is coming to those who follow the story and retrieve these buttons at the various locations. Do not be looking for big retail stores, look for the small, ‘mom and pop,’ all-American dream -type of shops around the county.

Once there, you may find an additional surprise that goes along with these buttons. After you collect all of the said buttons, all who participated will be in a drawing for various exciting opportunities and surprises.

Christmas is not just a day it is a frame of mind.

“People work so hard and people are so busy, we want to give them a moment to just relax and enjoy,” said one believer. “We want people to get into the Christmas spirit, to come to a show that gives everyone a great Christmas feeling.”

Stay tuned to this story; follow on Facebook for your clues of where to get your buttons and possibly an additional piece of treasure.

All clues of where to go next on your treasure hunt can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/hendrickscivictheatre.

Come see how the trial turns out at the Longstreet Theatre starting Dec. 6, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., the first two nights and Sunday at 2 p.m.  The next weekend; Dec. 13, 14 and 15 are the same times. Located at 4998 North County Road 100 East in Danville, you may either call their voicemail at 317-252-9626 and leave a message with your name, the date of the show, how many tickets you need and a phone number. If sold out, they will call you back for another choice.  Or if you prefer, you may email them at reservations@hendrickscivic.com.

Which is worse; a lie that draws a smile or the truth that draws a tear?  We all need something to believe in.  

 

RULES for the TREASURE HUNT

GOAL: To collect an “I Believe” button and a business card from all the participating Merchants in Hendricks County.

HOW DO I COLLECT THESE “I BELIEVE” BUTTONS?:  By finding and deciphering the clues that will lead you to these Merchants.

WHERE DO I FIND THE CLUES THAT LEAD ME TO THE MERCHANTS?: There will be clues given on the Hendricks Civic Theatre website and Facebook page. Also, check The Flyer and The Republican newspapers for updates if you are not online.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN I GET TO THE MERCHANTS?:  You will need to collect an “I Believe” button and a business card from each Merchant. Some Merchants will have a limited number of gifts unique to their shop to be given away randomly. There is no guarantee that every Treasure Hunter will win one of these gifts, The Merchants that have chosen to randomly give a unique gift to a Treasure Hunter have done so on their own free will and can choose the manner in which the gifts are randomly given away. Please do not be discouraged if you do not win a gift from the Merchant. Some Merchants may ask you to sing a song, perform a Random Act of Kindness or some other task before giving a gift.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ALL THE BUTTONS ARE COLLECTED?: When you have found all the participating merchants you will be given one free ticket to the show. Present your “I Believe” buttons and the business cards of all participating Merchants to receive your ticket. At each of the 6 shows, successful Treasure Hunters will put their name in a drawing to win a prize.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS TREASURE HUNT?: To have some fun, to introduce you to some really unique and cool shops around the County that you may not otherwise find, to encourage you to come to our production of a great show that encourages us to Believe in the spirit of Christmas and to see if you are clever enough to figure out the Clues and find our participating Merchants.