CAPE MAY-Lieutenant Columbo, Charlie Chan and Inspector Clouseau face femme fatales and evildoers during Cape May’s Looking Glass Mysteries, a series of nonstop, think-on-your-feet investigations, designed by Shadow Stalkers and presented in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).
Become part of the mystery during these weekend-long adventures, Friday, Jan. 28 to Saturday, Jan. 29 and Friday, March 11 to Saturday, March 12. While you’re hunting for clues, the killers may be hunting you. As many as 13 guests have been murdered in a single night, so you’ll want to sleep with one eye open!
Upon registration, participants receive a packet of information that gives them a character/role in the mystery that weekend. Friday evening, upon checking in to your accommodation, you will find more intriguing information waiting in your room. Participants in the same accommodation play as a team. After an initial orientation at your inn, adjourn to the Mad Batter restaurant, 19 Jackson St., for refreshments, more mayhem and to begin your investigation.
On Saturday, guests will search the streets of Cape May, looking for clues and asking questions at local participating shops, historic landmarks and businesses. They will be challenged to make their way through a series of red herrings to solve the crime. That evening, the answer to the mystery will be revealed and prizes will be awarded after dinner at the Mad Batter. Sunday is a free day to take tours and sightsee around Cape May.
A new mystery for 2011, “The Corpse Had A Mind of Its Own,” will have January participants investigating the case of a missing body. Doktor Gregor had assumed room temperature and he should have stayed that way. Why has the corpse apparently moved since the first police arrived on the scene? He was a devotee of the dark side, but can voodoo really work in New Jersey or is there a more earthly explanation for his nighttime stroll? Participants will have the opportunity to investigate this case as any famous detective or villain they choose. They can also come as themselves, in which case they may be doubly dangerous for all of the guests will be wielding poison or carrying some secret with them.
In March, the Looking Glass Mysteries revive “The Problem of Remington’s Mummy.” Drawn from a Conan Doyle short story, participants, dressed as themselves, a famous detective or a notorious criminal, will unravel the case of Remington’s famous ‘bad luck’ mummy. Why have several international firms tried to quietly acquire ownership of the remains? And who, or what, caused the death of Professor Eldridge? Participants in the weekend will develop a flair for Egyptology or murder, of course.
For information or to book your weekend package, contact the participating inns: The Bedford Inn: (609) 884-4158 or (866) 215-9507 or www.bedfordinn.com; The Carroll Villa: (609) 884-9619 or (877) 275-8452 or www.carrollvilla.com; The Queen Victoria Bed & Breakfast: (609) 884-8702 or www.queenvictoria.com.
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