Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Second Mystery Night of the Season

Well, it’s summer and  Tuesday nights have turned into…yes, you guessed it, MYSTERY NIGHT DINNERS AND INTRIGUE…

Just in case you were not one of the twelve in tonight’s dinner and a murder, mark the following dates in your planners.

June 22 will mark the third such night in the series. Four more such events follow. July 20, August 10, September 14 and October 2. All dinners begin at 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost per actor is $10.00. Now, where can you get a dinner and the fun of participating in a mystery play for less?

Tonight, May 26, Tuesday, found the poor victim murdered mysteriously before the guests even had a chance to meet him. Dinner began with finger foods as the actors and actresses gathered round the table to find the information pertinent to their particular roles.

Invited to this special gathering were some of the following characters: Pasty Cline, Marilyn Monroe, Groucho Marx, Elvis the King, John Wayne,  Jimmy Hendrix, and Rita Hayworth with her dancing partner, Fred Astaire.

Act one of “Celebrity Celebrations,” written by Stephanie Chambers, found the body of Jerry Oilman, dead as a doornail. He had suffered his demise from a blow with a blunt instrument to the head.

The object of the party is to find out “who dun it”.

As for motive, there were plenty, according to the evidence hashed out by the party members. Oilman had not been a nice person. His very money and power threatened to undo some of the celebrities who had been invited to the dinner.

Act one set the stage by describing Oilman as a very opinionated man, whose demeanor let all know that the only opinion he respected, was his own.

Act two set up Fred Astaire as a suspect as well as Groucho Marx. Everyone knew Oilman didn’t like Marx.

Act three set forth the clues to be used to solve the murder. Now, if the reader wants to know the solution, he/she will just have to become a character in the play some day.

Ellen Roberts, dressed for her part as Patsy Cline, enjoys these events.

“It is just so good for all of us to interact with each other in these plays,” she said. “I just love the laughter and the getting to Fred Astaire, laughingly said, “It’s always great to get the guilty guy.”

Everyone seemed to be enjoying the cheese ball, deviled eggs, chips and dips. Sherry Tice, the master chef prepared Mexican Lasagna, salad and garlic bread. Tropical creme carrot cake toped the dinner as dessert.

Mary Lee Bowen, known as Lucille Ball, for the night handled her part very well. She has enjoyed mystery and a dinner for several seasons now.

Other characters pictured include: Josephine Booker as Ginger Rodgers,  Annie Hougan as Groucho Marx, Emmet Palmer was Elvis, his wife, Sandy, was Janis Joplin. Pam Burgen was Marilyn Monroe.


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