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Bridgeford House Bed and Breakfast Murder Mystery Weekends

June 9th, 2013 by Sam Feldman

We have been doing Murder Mystery Weekends in conjunction with another B&B in our neighborhood since about 2005. To say that they make for a good time is an understatement! We provide fun, food, drink, history and even plenty of downtime for you during one of our exciting weekends. We only have them three or four times a year, so when you see a date posted, mark your calendars and call to book us as soon as you can, rooms often go quite quickly. Next one is July 26 & 27th, The Sure Pop Oil Well Scandal! Your MM package price ranges from $439-579, for two, depending on the room that you book, and includes all food, your room for both nights and usual amenities provided, and the MM activities. The only thing not included is any rental on a costume, should you choose to rent (rental is not a requirement but wearing a costume of some kind is!) and lunch on Saturday.

For a little preview into one of our stories:

We have four different stories, all written by innkeeper Jeff, so there is something for everyone. For those of you that are always asking how the weekend works, here’s a recap:

We assign you a character for the MM about 2 weeks out and mail you a package with all the information you’ll need, including a timeline of events. You will each get a booklet (that you will need to bring with you) that recaps all the characters and a little bit about them. Your particular character will have a bit more information that you’ll not want to share with others (shhh, your shady background is a secret…for now!). Our MM weekends are rather unusual in that they are entirely ad-lib. We do not give you lines to say and there are no actors doing a play for you – you are the actors! We will give you clues each round that we want your character to be sure to bring up in conversation but the rest is up to you – and believe us, it makes for some wild red herrings!

We would like everyone to check into the B&B by 5:00 on that Friday (earlier is fine, too, we are usually for sure ready for you by 3). If you are renting costumes from Celebrations and Traditions (our local Victorian costume shop), you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to get by there to get fitted for your costume and be checked in by 5.

Each round lasts about 2 hours. The first round will be at 6:00 on Friday evening, in full costume, and is usually a celebration of the major “event” happening in the story – in July it will be the celebration of the local oil well that everyone expects to get rich from. So Friday is a full table of heavy appetizers (enough for a meal) and drinks and it’s a celebration…until something…uh…happens. Everyone then becomes a suspect and advised not to leave the county, yadda, yadda, yadda…

The second round will be after your huge breakfast at the B&B, at 11 a.m., for a little “breakfast dessert”. (You will not come away from this weekend hungry in any way.) The story is moved along by the bumbling detective and usually involves forensic reporting and other clues dropped by all the characters. You’ll want to bring a pen to take notes in your booklet! You are then left to spend Saturday afternoon in any way you wish, but be sure to spend some time hunting for clues that we’ll provide you. It will be fun to try to figure those out as you shop and eat lunch in our beautiful historic downtown. The shopkeepers love to be involved in this.

Round 3 is Saturday night, at 6, and involves…yep, more food. A buffet dinner is provided and we will have you share the last of the clues before the big reveal of “who done it”. We usually have a small awards presentation and yes, you’ll still have time to go out on the town afterward. We have many of our guests, who have made fast friends with other characters/guests, go out and party at some of our local hangouts. You can even call for the pink limo in town to take you back and forth. Be sure to go in your costumes, the townspeople love that.

Sunday morning, of course, you will receive another large breakfast at the B&B, with checkout not until 11 a.m.

So if you’ve always wanted to do one, here’s your chance! We also will be glad to schedule a MM weekend for a particular group, if you come up with a minimum of 12 people on your own, we’ll come up with a weekend date that works for all of us. We have had family members all come together and it’s great fun! We’ve had one particular family that has participated in our MM weekends at least 4 times – and at least one story they’ve done twice! The story is never the same and we are able to change the ending (and the murderer) any time we want.

Please feel free to call us with any questions at all about our Murder Mystery weekends and we look forward to seeing you at one of them soon!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman

 

Jeff and Sam playing roles

Jeff and Sam playing roles

 

 

Our Original Murder Mystery Story Returning in September

July 29th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

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.

Murder Mystery Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR

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.

Murder Mystery in Eureka Springs, ARNo 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.

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

 

Yet Another New Murder Mystery Story in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

March 11th, 2012 by Sam Feldman

We love our Murder Mystery Weekends so much – and guests do, too – that we keep writing new ones! Our Murder Mystery author- extraordinary (Jeff) is just finishing up “The Noble Experiment”, a mystery that takes place during Prohibition.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has an interesting history during Prohibition, with lots of gangsters and illegal activity. So…what better story to have as a backdrop to a new murder mystery?

Synopsis:  Mob bosses; agents from the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, Federal Prohibition Enforcement Agency and State Police; federal, state and local politicians; and concerned citizens have gathered at the invitation of one of the nation’s most infamous “bootleggers”.
In an effort to spare the revered and sacrosanct resort of Eureka Springs from the horrendous illegal alcohol-fueled violence that has plunged New York, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Chicago into bloody chaos, a lottery has been proposed that will award the winner exclusive rights to the importation of prohibited goods into the resort town.
But before the lottery can be held, a heinous crime occurs that threatens to plunge the peaceful Ozarks into outright war.

Who dies and who did it?

With characters like “Hudson Duster” – also known as “Two Gun” – (Chief Financial Officer of the Irish Syndicate), “Ostap Filkowski” – AKA “One eye” – (2nd in command of Kielbasa Posse), or “Krzysztof Sprysak” (say that one three times real fast) – AKA “Clown Shoes” (Head bookie for Kielbasa Posse) – how can you not have fun ?

The inaugural weekend for this exciting new mystery is March 30 & 31st, 2012 – which is already booked up! But we look forward to the next MM weekend, which will be posted on our website soon (most likely in the middle of June). So watch for the date – or give us a call to put you on a wait list. Date will be posted this next week.

Until then – always keep an eye on us here in Eureka Springs – because there’s always murder afoot!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

 

Upcoming Murder Mystery Weekends!

January 20th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Mark your calendars! Practice your most infamous lines! Perfect your most innocent poses! It’s time to get ramped up for 2010 and our Murder Mystery weekends!

Our first weekend is planned for April 2nd & 3rd. We are featuring our original and favorite mystery, the Conrail Affair. This story delves into the intrigue and back-stabbing of the opening of the Eureka Springs/Northwest Arkansas railway more than a century ago! It ain’t gonna be pretty!

And new dates have been set for a brand new mystery! Join us on June 11th & 12th for Jeff’s new creation – be the first one to book for this exciting new adventure!

"Dying" to have a good time!

We are still looking for a good role for Sophie to play..stay tuned!

Warmest regards,

Nadara (Sam) & Jeff – and Sophie, too!

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