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The Geocache Hunt is Back!

John Jermain Historical and Cutlural Distriict Geocache Hunt Flyer

The Sag Harbor Historic and Cultural District Geocache Hunt is now fully operational again. During our move back to 201 Main Street, a couple of our geocaches went AWOL, and with all the work to get settled into our new digs, we didn’t have time to get the program up and running again. But now it it’s back. All six caches are refurbished and ready for you to find. Find all six, and you’ll get a personalized completion certificate. Stop into the library for a special “passport” on which you can record your finds, and an instruction sheet that has all the information you’ll need to get going.

For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, we’ve included an explanation below.

opencaching.us

Important Note:

The library’s geocaches are registered on  http://opencaching.us  You must create a free account at this site in order to download the coordinates of the geocaches and play our game. Due to some technical issues, only two of our six caches are listed on the popular geocaching.com website. But dont’ worry, opencaching.us is fully functional, and the only way to find all our caches.

 

Geocaching, and the John Jermain Geocache Hunt Explained

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices [e.g., smartphones]. Participants use an app on their phones to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Our hunt adds an additional twist.

Six geocaches are hidden around Sag Harbor. Each one relates to a member organization of the Sag Harbor Cultural District, all of which have cultural or historic significance for Sag Harbor. (We’re not telling which organizations. It’s part of your job to figure that out.) To join in the hunt, stop into the library and pick up a free “passport.”  Then go hunt for the geocaches. Each cache contains a unique rubber stamp. Use the stamp on your passport…then go find another cache. When you’ve found all six caches, bring your passport back to the library and you will receive a certificate of completion.

As mentioned above, all of the geocaches are registered on the geocaching website: http://opencaching.us. This site is a treasure-trove of information on how geocaching works. You’ll need to register in order to get access to the information about our geocaches that is stored there, but both registration, and the app for your smartphone that will lead you to the caches, are free. You’ll find a list of geocaching apps that work with various types of smartphones below. If you don’t own a smartphone but want to play, the library has two dedicated GPS navigation devices that it will loan to library card holders.

Confused? Help is also available from Eric Cohen, Kathleen Comber or Mireille Stürmann at the library. Call 631-725-0049 or send an email to jjlib@johnjermain.org.

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone

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Geocaching International Film Festival at JJML

Join us at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for our 2nd annual showing of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) winning films. This year 16 films were selected for their creativity, production quality, and contribution to the global geocaching community.  A discussion and voting for best film will follow. Popcorn will be served.

Don’t know about geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Visit htpp://geocaching.com to learn more. The film festival and discussion that follow are a great way to find out about about this game, which is suitable for, and actively played by all people of all ages and nationalities.

Here’s a list of the winning films and filmmakers:

  • 5 Lesser-Known Souvenirs | Skimbosh
  • A Cacher’s Worst Nightmare | gasgoose
  • A Life of a ‘Change’ | cth-ulhu & DidaAnastasi
  • Do you know GEOCACHING? | moramora1
  • Geocaching, Orchestrated | Stingrayabbray
  • Geo-Medics! | 4 boys explore
  • It’s not about the numbers | Lifechooser
  • No Hints | DFurt
  • NYC Caching: Muggle Madness! | LinedUpLikeLemmings
  • Spitting the Dummy | Seemyshell
  • That’s Not Trash | DNF Hound
  • The DNF Squad | TheWanglers
  • The FTF-Hunter | treasurehuntergd
  • Traditional’s Experiences | NaxoMenX
  • Trinket or Treasure? | cache4kings
  • When I Geocache | MohnschnitteFortunen

** Geocachers: Watch all 16 films and you’ll be eligible for the GIFF 2016 souvenir **giff_ticket2_2016-fw

Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Film will be followed by open discussion and voting for best film.
Popcorn will be served!
Recommended for all ages.


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Geocaching Film Festival at John Jermain

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Geocaching International Film Festival
Sunday, November 8, 3:00-4:30 pm
At the John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY.
See all the finalists in geocaching.com’s 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival
Free Admission • Free Popcorn
These short films provide a great introduction to geocaching, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a fun activity for families or individuals who enjoy outdoor activities. Total running time is about one hour.
Registration suggested. Call 631-725-0049 to reserve a seat or for more information.
Or, you can register at geocaching.com, if you are a member:
http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC64E8H_geocaching-international-film-festival


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First Geocache Hunt Certificate Awarded

On July 1, I had the pleasure of presenting the Saville family with the first certificate of completion in JJML’s Sag Harbor Historical and Cultural Geocache Hunt. Working together, Maggie, Brian and Pattie Saville were able to find all six hidden caches, and stamp their “passport” with the colorful rubber stamp they found in each cache. Amazingly, they completed the entire hunt in just a little over two hours. We think that may be a record that stands for quite some time. Our congratulations go out to the Saville family, and our invitation to take part in the geocache hunt goes out to everyone reading this and everyone you know. The hunt is open to all (you don’t need a library card, or even have to be a resident of Sag Harbor).

First Geocache Hunt Completion Certificate

Everyone who completes JJML’s geocache hunt receives a certificate exactly like this one.

Geocaching is s great family activity that allows the entire family to share in a fun outdoor adventure. More information about our Geocache Hunt, and geocaching in general can be found in a previous blog post: Geocaching History and Culture Hunt Is Now Live!


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Geocaching History and Culture Hunt Is Now Live!

The long-awaited Sag Harbor Historic and Cultural District Geocache Hunt announced in the May-June issue of our newsletter is now fully operational. Those of you who have stopped by the library hoping to get started on the hunt, can now pick up your “passports” (log sheets) at the library and begin searching. For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, we’ve included an explanation below.

Important Note

opencaching.usopencaching.com
The library’s geocaches are registered on two websites:  http://opencaching.us and http://opencaching.com. (They are different…one is .us one is .com). You must create a free account at one or both of these sites in order to download the coordinates of the geocaches and play our game. Due to some technical issues, our caches are NOT listed on the most popular geocaching website, geocaching.com. But both of the sites we use are good. If you are using a Garmin GPS device to search for geocaches, you will be better served by the opencaching.com. If you are using a smartphone, opencaching.us supports the greatest number of apps.

Geocaching, and the John Jermain Geocache Hunt Explained

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices [e.g., smartphones]. Participants use an app on their phones to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Our hunt adds an additional twist.

While looking for a way to honor Sag Harbor’s contributions to Southampton Town history during the Town’s 375th anniversary year, a few geocachers on the library staff decided to combine our love of geocaching with a bit of culture and history, and a touch of the Camino de Santiago (Wickipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago).

Here’s what we came up with: six geocaches are hidden around Sag Harbor. Each one relates to a member organization of the Sag Harbor Cultural District, all of which have cultural or historic significance for Sag Harbor and Southampton. (We’re not telling which organizations. It’s part of your job to figure that out.) To join in the hunt, stop into the library and pick up a free “passport.” (This is the part that’s inspired by the Camino de Santiago.) Then go hunt for the geocaches. Each cache contains a unique rubber stamp. Use the stamp on your passport…then go find another cache. When you’ve found all six caches, bring your passport back to the library and you will receive a certificate of completion (another idea borrowed from the Camino).

As mentioned above, all of the geocaches are registered on two geocaching websites: http://opencaching.us and http://opencaching.com. These sites are treasure-troves of information on how geocaching works. You’ll need to register at one of the websites in order to get access to the information about our geocaches that is stored there, but both registration, and the app for your smartphone that will lead you to the caches, are free. You’ll find a list of geocaching apps that work with various types of smartphones below. If you don’t own a smartphone but want to play, the library has a dedicated GPS navigation device that it will loan to library card holders.

Confused? Help is also available from Eric Cohen or Mireille Stürmann at the library. Call 631-725-0049 or send an email to jjlib@johnjermain.org.

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone

Android

  • c:geo  (free and highly recommended)
  • GeoCaching Buddy (fee)
  • Columbus

iPhone

  • GeoCaches (recommended)
  • Geocaching Buddy (fee)

Windows Phone

  • Me Caching Geo
  • OpenBasic

This program is partially funded by a Town of Southampton 375th Anniversary grant.

Town of Southampton, NY 1640-2015, 375th Anniversary