Well, somebody always bites the dust in a murder mystery. And it happened once again this past weekend at our debut of “The Sure Pop Oil Well Scandal”. Our third mystery story since we began doing murder mystery weekends about 5 years ago, this one was based on a true story of an oil well scheme that took place here in Eureka Springs in the 1920′s, complete with a mysteriously burned oil well and worthless stock certificates left behind by a scoundrel.
A complete weekend event, our murder mysteries start about two weeks before arrival, with character assignments and a story synopsis. Guests arrive on the scheduled Friday night, in a costume befitting their character. Some of these costumes are gorgeous – some are just a hoot! Round 1 begins Friday night with champagne, punch and heavy appetizers – after all, we are celebrating the great oil strike in Eureka Springs which is going to make everyone RICH!!!
But…there’s always something afoot…and the evening ends tragically. Guests are commanded to return Saturday morning after breakfast to help “Willie Ketcham” (NOT Eureka Springs’ finest) solve the mystery. Slowly, information is leaked and spilled…tensions rise…tempers flare (oh, that was laughter! Sorry). But still more help is needed – the detective sends all guests into beautiful downtown Eureka Springs for a clue hunt to help figure out the killer. A scavenger clue hunt is an excellent way to wander around the shops in our historic downtown – there’s no telling what you’ll find!
Round 3 on Saturday evening involved a lot more food and some answers. At least one guest was able to tell Willie “whodunnit” but the culprit tried to escape! To our surprise, several of the guests sprang to the capture and the murderer was taken down. And you would never guess who it was…
Join us in August to find out! August 13th & 14th, 2010 – there are still wonderful rooms available!
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) – and Sophie, too!