These have been fun! Innkeeper Peter always wanted a house with trap doors and secret panels – enough said. For 2018-2019, the Scandinavian Inn now offers MYSTERY NIGHTS on Saturday and Sunday evenings, November through March, held in a B&B specially designed for the Mysteries it will host. Call for availability.
Think Agatha Christie. Think of a time in history where a table-top telephone and a vacuum-tube radio were the peak of technology, when paper was the common medium of communication, when fingerprints were the ultimate means of identification. Think of characters gathered with a common interest, all with secrets of their own to conceal. Think not of a murder mystery, but a how-did-it-happen puzzle to solve.
We have done six of these so far. Because we are newly launching into this, we are offering Mystery Nights included with a minimum one-night stay at our normal lodging rates, plus an additional $10 per person. We would need 6 people and at least three rooms to make a Saturday or Sunday Mystery Night happen.
Consider the following – an example of a scenario sent to Mystery Night guests:
The year is 1946. World War II has ended, and Europe is working to rebuild itself. An American represents a private contractor that procures basic goods for the US military. By all outward appearance, this American is a talented businessman, performing his job with remarkable skill and efficiency. Under the surface, however, he is a dealer in black-market goods, including the buying and selling of stolen artwork. His current location in occupied Germany is ideal for such activity; because of the chaos left by the Nazis as they accumulated artwork from the war-torn countries, it is unclear which works of art survived the destruction of WWII and which were destroyed.
Many works of art that were believed to be destroyed during the war actually survived. Such a climate is ripe for exploitation – illicitly-gained pieces of art could be sold in secret with little chance of being discovered because the rightful owners had given up all hope that their artworks had survived.
The American has acquired a painting that he wishes to profit from. He has sent out feelers to those he believes would be interested in the masterpiece, and he has received responses from three interested parties. The three parties are sending representatives to the American’s home this evening to place bids on the painting.
Five of you will be the interested parties, and one will be the American dealer. It is our plan to independently e-mail each participant with more information about the characters. We are hoping you can come dressed (to the extent reasonable) in clothing of the era. For example, an accessory appropriate to your character would be great. It’s not crucial, but it will add to the fun. We expect to suggest an item or two to wear when we send you your individual character info. Also, if anyone plays piano well enough to lead a short sing-along, it would be a fun addition to the evening.
Participants will have dinner on their own. We will provide dessert as part of the mystery night.
If you are interested, we encourage you to gather up friends and reserve 3 or 4 rooms for a particular Saturday or Sunday night listed above. As time passes, we hope to come up with a method of people reserving room by room, but for starters we need to reserve rooms as blocks to ensure that the evening will happen. Breakfast is, of course, provided as part of your B&B stay.
So, wish us luck and we hope to hear from you! – Peter and Vicki