We have a new date set for an upcoming Murder Mystery weekend and already half our rooms are booked ! September 7 & 8th, 2012, we will again feature our very first story, The Conrail Affair. This has always been our favorite story and originally debuted in April of 2005.
As many of you know, innkeeper Jeff Feldman has written all four of our Murder Mysteries stories. He has always tried to write a story that stems from something in Eureka’s past and the Conrail Affair is certainly no different. This story is based on the arrival of the railroad in Eureka Springs, set in 1905. (The railroad actually arrived in 1883, but we like to take a certain license with the story to make things fun.)
While the railroad opens up the world to Eureka Springs,
its coming is not without controversy. There are several city groups and individuals opposed to the coming of the railroad: A conservationist group concerned that the railroad will spoil the natural beauty of the area, a reactionary group opposed to progress and technology in general, a women’s temperance group against the threat of saloons that might arise from increased travel, six property owners that lost ownership of parcels of land to eminent domain for the rail right-of-way, and three individuals who claim to have been cheated when selling their land. Then there are the greedy and covetous friends and relatives of Mr. Cyrus K. Conrail, a man who would never describe himself as a paragon of virtue and civility, much less be described as such by his family, friends, and business associates.
So, as you can see – it becomes very interesting! The Conrail Affair is one of our favorites partly because of the chance to wear the more elaborate Victorian costumes that people actually wore back then. The narrow, winding streets, flowering parks, fabulous restaurants, spas, art galleries & specialty shops will definitely enhance your one-of-a-kind and unforgettable weekend. So there’s a little murder involved – so what?
As with all of our MM weekends, the mystery is broken up into three rounds. Round 1 is Friday night, which features a cocktail party-like atmosphere and heavy appetizers (enough for a meal!). Round 2 is late Saturday morning (after your full breakfast at the B&B) and features coffee, tea and breakfast dessert (we promise you will never go hungry during this weekend!). After Round 2 you have all afternoon to yourselves to nap or go downtown and shop and – oh, yeah – we have clues for you to hunt for! Kind of like an intelligent scavenger hunt. Then Round 3 is Saturday evening with a full buffet dinner and dessert.
No one else in Arkansas does these Murder Mysteries – certainly not like we do. So call today – you can’t book these online – to get your room booked for September 7 & 8th. You’ll be glad you did.
Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!