Our Troop Mystery Dinner (long)
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Fri, 15 Mar 1996 09:43:38 -0500
Well, last night was our troop's mystery dinner overnight. It was great!
Many of you on the list wanted to hear how it went.
We did one of those "Host Your Own Mysteries". It was a high school class
reunion set in the 50's. One of the classmates had become a big Rock 'n
Roll star, and on the weekend of the reunion was giving a performance in
their hometown. After the performance he had invited all his high school
mates to a private party at the local Malt Shoppe. Decorations went up in
preparation for the evening to begin. Parents dropped their kids off at
the "Malt Shoppe" and were met at the door by their waitress Trixie (That
was me! It's been a long time since I wore that much blue eyeshadow.) There
was a heck of a party going on. The girls had some great costumes.
Cast members included:
CAL (short for calculator) He wore short black dress dress pants, white socks
and long-sleeved shirt, black platform shoes, suspenders, a tie with a slide
rule tie tack, taped eyeglasses, a pocketful of pens, and a red lip-sticked
kiss on his cheek.
DEL (short for deltoid) Being an athlete wore a uniform shirt, high top
sneakers, and a ball cap.
JOE (for Joe College) Wore pleated pants, button down shirt, suspenders,
mustache, had a plaid cap, and carried a pipe.
RICK (for Recalcitrant; as in refusing to obey authority) wore blue jeans,
white t-shirt and had slicked-backed hair.
DEE (for deducer; also seducer) wore tight black pants, tight black
sweater, high-heels, lots of makeup and bracelets, and dangly earrings.
E.C. (for easy) wore a sweater with a large "R" on the front, circle
skirt, white tennies and bobby socks, and a scarf tied around her neck.
PENNY (for penny loafer) wore a plaid pleated skirt with a sweater and
socks to match, simple jewelry and of course, penny loafers
PRIS (short for pristine, as in pure, and "Pris" as in prissy) wore a
white blouse, long straight skirt, saddle shoes with white socks, a
cardigan sweater over her shoulders, and carrying some books.
The costumes were great! The girls came in and hung around our inflatable
juke box that had 50's music playing loudly (except for Rick who was
bucking authority and hanging outside the malt shoppe). Trixie seated them in
the malt shoppe around gold table-clothed tables decorated with pom poms,
fuzzy dice, tubs of pop corn, and notebooks with ice cream sundaes on the
cover. The walls were covered with records, musical notes, ice cream
sundaes, restaurant menus, a malt shoppe scene, car pictures, a map of
the city and of course a picture of Rock E. Rolley himself.
They were waiting for Roc E. Roley (the star) to come in when all of a
sudden 2 inspectors walked in the door. (Two leaders in trench coats and
hats, black glasses, mustache and bushy eyebrows, and carrying a plastic
cigar they chewed on.) A tape was played to explain the murder that had
occurred and then the inspector locked us all in the malt shoppe 'cause
everyone was under investigation until the murder was solved.
There were four rounds of clues. Trixie took orders on a check pad and
served dinner over the shoulder roller skates! She had them scared with
the drinks, but all went well, not one spill. (One of the other leaders
had gotten sick and went to the hospital hours before our event.) Trixie
explained that the head waitress had called in sick and she had to handle
this shift all by herself, and that she hadn't planned on working overtime.
She passed out packs of chewing gum to all her guests for being so kind.
Dinner was sloppy joe sandwiches with a side of potato chips on
checkerboard plates, with 50's decorated napkins. Right before the
solution round we served ice cream floats with crazy straws.
The girls all got into character very shortly because of the environment.
It was so great. They were all asking questions and accusing, trying to
figure out who did the murder of one of their classmates. They had rumors
flying as new clues where devulged during each round. They were very
surprised to hear they were all not who they originally thought they were.
Turned out DEE was actually an FBI agent infiltrating the high school to
solve a murder that happened during their high school years. CAL had
fixed traffic lights which caused a train/car accident, and had planted a
bomb. RICK had actually been touring as Rock E. Roley in costume as Rock
had become an alcoholic and could no longer perform. DEL had thrown the
homecoming football game in order to get money. And 3 differnet people
were actually involved in the murder, but they didn't know who they were
until the end. It was discovered that Pris had cheated all through high
school in order to get her scholarly grades.
A great time was had by all. I can see this event will be talked about
for some time to come. They all were bubbling at breakfast over the
events of the evening, and reminiscing as the malt shoppe decorations came
down as if the event had really happened.
Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
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