A Winter Scavenger Hunt Returns to Montauk With Zima!

From the Neo-Political Cowgirls
An outdoor scavenger hunt for all ages, Zima! features costumed characters who provide clues to the mystery. Jane Bimson

For hardy souls who missed this year’s polar plunges, all is not lost. “Zima” is the Polish word for winter and, with an exclamation point appended, it is the title of the Neo-Political Cowgirls’ interactive outdoor scavenger hunt that has become an annual event enlivening Montauk with “mystery, poetry, theater, and exploration.” 

This year’s iteration of Zima! will begin at the gazebo on the Montauk village green on Saturday afternoon at 1, when the first group will set off on a one-hour walking journey. The interactive event features a series of vignettes consisting of “wild characters” in costume, sculpture, and displays, all of which provide clues to the mystery. Groups will leave the gazebo every 15 minutes, with the last team departing at 3.

Zima! first took place in 2012 along the path at Pussy’s Pond in Springs. At that time, Kate Mueth, who founded the nonprofit dance theater company in 2007, told The Star, “I really like winter here. It’s a unique time. I want to invite people into the elements, embrace the cold, and maybe open up their imaginations to some new ideas and ways to think about winter and enjoy winter.”

The Neo-Political Cowgirls are committed to exploring and celebrating the female voice. According to the group’s website, “Storytellers at heart, we want our audience members to feel involved. We believe in breaking down conventional walls that traditionally separate audience and actors.”

Advance tickets are available at npcowgirls.org for $20, $12 for those 14 and under, and $52 for a family of four. Tickets the day of are $25, $15, and $75.