Solve ‘Case of the Missing Cupcakes’ at First Friday

Monthly event features CLUE-themed games in downtown Camas, Jan. 5

Join in the fun this Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., as the classic murder-mystery board game, CLUE, comes to life in downtown Camas for the third year running. Find clues, earn tickets and enter for a chance to win baskets filled with goodies donated by downtown Camas merchants. (Contributed photos courtesy of Carrie Schulstad)

Collect ‘CLUE clues’ from the following merchants:

4Ever Growing Kids

Allure Boutique

Arktana

Attic Gallery

Caffe Piccolo

Cake Happy

Camas Antiques

Camas Gallery

Caps N’ Taps

Hidden River Roasters

Lisa Le Properties

Lizzabeth A

Mill Interpretive Center

Natalia’s Cafe

Navidi’s Olive Oils

The Soap Chest

The Wild Hair

Tri Healing Retreat (in Rushing Waters Yoga Studio)

The classic murder-mystery board game, CLUE, will come to life in downtown Camas for the third year, for this month’s First Friday festivities, happening from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 5, throughout Camas’ historic downtown.

The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) invites residents to join in on the scavenger hunt for clues, which begins at the DCA booth in front of Journey Church, 304 N.E. Fourth Ave.

This year, the clues to solve the “case of the missing cupcakes” will lie within participating merchants, including Attic Gallery, Natalia’s Cafe and The Soap Chest.

CLUE investigators can look forward to solving Morse code, word jumble, word search, rebus picture puzzle and hidden picture puzzles to receive the clue to advance.

“It’s super fun and you get to be clever,” DCA Executive Director Carrie Schulstad says. The goal for the event is for people to have fun together in downtown Camas.

This First Friday event is family friendly and a great way to spend quality time with your friends and family, Schulstad says.

Once participants have solved the mystery, they will receive a mini-cupcake from Cake Happy. Schulstad says there will be someone handing out secret passage cards that earn participants a free full-sized treat from Cake Happy.

Each location participants visit will hand out raffle tickets for a drawing to win a merchant basket from Caps N’ Taps or Tri Healing Retreat. There also will be a few merchant baskets, filled with donated goods from participating shops, up for grabs at this month’s First Friday event.

Participants can earn extra tickets by dressing as characters from the CLUE game. Plus, every $10 they spend in downtown earns them one ticket when they bring the receipts back to the DCA booth.

Journey Church is hosting a winter crafts station and lego table for children inside the church lobby.

“That’s one of the things that’s wonderful with First Fridays, it’s family friendly and gives you options to enjoy the community,” Schulstad says. “There’s really something for everybody.”

Schulstad says the CLUE event stemmed from First Friday’s game-and-hot-cocoa night and that the past two years have drawn about 100 players during the January First Friday event. For more information, visit www.downtowncamas.com.