WAYNE, NJ – Saturday’s weather was a slice of perfection; a blessing for adventurers and sponsors who participated in the much-anticipated WayneQuest: A TAPinto Adventure.  This was a fun ‘race’ around Wayne where teams followed clues to various locations throughout the town to win prizes. The game turned out to be more difficult than expected and many had a hard time figuring out the clues.

The 28 teams who registered for the race received an email the day before with a string of numbers that was a code for the clue to the first location.  At 11:00am on Saturday, a key was published in TAPinto Wayne that would allow the teams to decipher the code and get the first clue.  Then they were off to the races!

“My family and I do escape rooms together,” said Adam Slavin from ‘The A-Team.’ He and his three A-named children competed together and won the race and the $200 grand prize, that came courtesy of Elite Surgical Center in Wayne. “This was an escape room style of race around our home town and every clue had something to do with Wayne.”

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There were three different “paths” to take on the adventure so not all teams were showing up at the same spot at the same time, though every team had all the same stops; just in a different order.

For some, the first clue was: “Little Men and Little Women.”  This was a stumper for many, who did not heed the advice given to them about focusing on one word in the clue. Many drove off to locations that had the word “little” in them and learned the hard way that this was not the way to solve this clue.

“We made a couple of critical mistakes of not taking our time to figure out the clue before we were driving,” said Wayne resident, John Knick. “Overall it was fantastic, and we are absolutely going to do this again next year.”

At each location, the sponsors of WayneQuest, who provided prizes at the end, were there to hand out swag and pass along the clue that would lead participants to the next location.

“When the teams came to visit me, they all said they were having so much fun,” said Annmarie DeGeorge of Realty Executives. “They were excited to get the clues and continue learning about Wayne. It was wonderful for people to have something fun to do while staying safe and social distancing.”

This was not an easy game, and many could not figure out all the clues.  If you want to give it a try, TAPinto is offering a $50.00 prize for someone who can.  See this article for details.

"Though the day turned out to be very challenging, everyone had fun," said Wayne resident, Lynn Cohen raced with her family. Their team name was ‘The Fast and the Furious.’

“The kids had a great time trying to figure out the clues and we had a lot of laughs in the car as we were driving around,” she said. “We’re ready for next year!”

At the end of the race, teams met up at the Taphouse Grille who provided lunch for all the contestants and sponsors.  Magic Bob of Party Magic Entertainment was there, making “The World’s Greatest Balloon Animals” for all the kids, and for some adults, too. Bach to Rock Music School played great music, making the atmosphere at the end of the race fun and energetic.

“Our experience at the Taphouse Grille was great!” said Rosemary Acampora who competed with friends as The Gerne Clan. “The servers were friendly, the food was delicious, and the DJ and balloon artist made it a festive vibe. We will all definitely do it again next year.”

The Mad Anthony Wayners consisted of Matthew Seitz and Jack Cordero. They won the most creative team name and the $100 prize that came courtesy of Liz Johnson of Always Best Care Senior Services.

“We learned something new at every stop,” said Acampora. “My friend Kathy didn’t realize there was a place where she can take painting lessons so close to her home. We are all likely to start using the services of some of the sponsors.”

“This was a fun experience for me,” said Christian Sees of Integrus Financial, who was one of the sponsors of the event and greeted contestants from his super-secret location. “From a Wayne business community perspective, events like these are a home run!”

Dennis Simmons  of Elite Surgical Center agreed. “It was a pleasure to participate in WayneQuest and be a sponsor," he said. "I actually got to meet some Wayne residents who were not looking for surgery but just out to have fun on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.”

“I think it was a blast,” said Deana Cohen who raced with friends. “There were so many interesting sites and it was great seeing more of Wayne. You just don’t realize how big this town is.”

Cohen had her eyes on the prize donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes – Free bundtlets for a year.  Although there were four of those prizes, Cohen sadly missed out.

Sweets were on quite a few people’s minds. The Slavins were asked what they were going to buy with their $200 grand prize. “I was just told by my children that we have to buy some candy,” Adam Slavin said with a laugh.

The day was fun, but there is definitely room for improvment. Next year's event will be even better!

A big THANK YOU to the sponsors who made WayneQuest possible and donated over $1,500 in prizes

  • Dennis Simmons of Elite Surgical Center and Wayne Surgical Center
  • Conan Ward, your Wayne Edward Jones Financial Advisor
  • The Taphouse Grille in Wayne
  • Annmarie DeGeorge of Realty Executives
  • Liz Johnson of ABC Senior Services
  • The Wayne Boys & Girls Club
  • Mike Malzone of the Creators Workshop
  • Christian Sees of Integrus Financial
  • Scott Bordman of Cartridge World of Wayne
  • Scott Nela of A Taste of Tuscany
  • Karl Kahoper of Bach To Rock Music School
  • Funke Olayinka of Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • And Magic Bob of Party Magic Entertainment and Party Magic's Magic Academy