To the Editor:
Seldom do murder, mayhem, and merriment come together for an evening of pure entertainment all for a good cause. The second annual Murder Mystery Dinner for the benefit of Coastal Kids Preschool was held at the 1812 Farm in Bristol Mills with a capacity crowd in attendance, all dressed to kill.
Guests came in formal wear, military dress garb, gangster outfits, Sherlock Holmes hats, dark glasses, and some even came disguised with masks, no doubt to conceal their nefarious deeds. The convoluted tale, dating back 30 years, unraveled all during the evening with Detective Rocco conducting a thorough investigation. Stellar performances were turned in by slow-to-die stabbing-victim John Reny, and jealous murderesses Debra Arter and Frieda Hanlon, who were last seen leaving the premises in handcuffs. An impromptu performance by the grieving widow brought down the house. Hold the champagne for now, Kathleen. What fun it was and what a depth of talent and good-spirited community members in our midst!
Of course such a production would not be possible without the assistance of many people. Thank-you’s go to Sarah and Todd Mauer of the 1812 Farm and King Eider’s catering. Their great staff prepared an excellent meal, wonderful service, and even offered up Erin Blomquist and Cynthia Weiss as the first victims of the night.
The wine from Eberle Winery, courtesy of Rob and Kathleen Flory, complemented the meal perfectly. Behind-the-scenes contributors to publicity and posters include Sudie Trazoff, Kelly Moss, Seth Stewart, Rob Weiser, Janice Olson, The First Bank, Damariscotta Area Chamber of Commerce, and Damariscotta Region Information Bureau.
Selling tickets would not be possible without the cooperation of Maine Coast Book Shop, Skidompha Library, and King Eider’s Pub. Laurie Asche did a fantastic job on the programs, with help from Kelly Moss and Oliver’s Print Shop. Many thanks to all the local businesses who participated by placing an advertisement in the booklet.
Murder Mystery USA’s Margo Morrison capably directed the evening’s main attraction and Rocco was as entertaining as ever. Special thanks to Priscilla Congdon, Director of Coastal Kids Preschool, and her staff for all they do, and to the children, whose Halloween artwork and pictures festooned the barn. None of this would have taken place without the leadership of Kathleen Flory, who makes it look easy. We look forward to next year’s dinner. I think October is becoming a favorite month in Maine.
Martha Lynch, President, Board of Directors
Coastal Kids Preschool, Damariscotta