Pec Playhouse Murder Mystery Dinner Oct. 21

PECATONICA—Pec Playhouse Theatre, a not-for-profit community theater organization in Pecatonica since 1991, is hosting its Second Annual Murder Mystery Dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Cliffbreakers Restaurant in Rockford. The event is a fund-raiser for the organization, with all proceeds benefiting the organization’s many activities and programs.

The fund-raiser will consist of a cocktail hour, silent auction, gourmet dinner and entertainment. Cost is $45 per person or $400 for a table of 10.

During the cocktail hour, patrons may view and bid on the many silent auction items donated by various local businesses. Last year’s silent auction raised more than $2,600 for the theater.

At 6:45 p.m., the Murder Mystery will begin with the story Evil Never Dies, a Halloween thriller featuring an intriguing cast of characters trying to solve a 100-year-old mystery set in a town called Reaper Junction. The deceased is Grimsby Graves, the patriarch of a family who helped found Reaper Junction in 1770. The Graves family seemed to have their fingers in every pie that was ever baked in Reaper Junction.

Six Reaper Junction residents are possible suspects, and they are as follows:

Gregory Graves is Grimsby Graves’ only child. He is a loner with few acquaintances and fewer friends. His time is occupied by his unusual hobby.

Bella Bones is the town mortician and owner of Bones Mortuary. The Bones family has supervised the eternal interment of Reapers for as long as people can remember.

Jack Lantern is the local pumpkin farmer. Halloween is his most profitable time of year as people travel from miles around to purchase the perfect gourd from his peculiar patch.

Penelope Crust is the owner of the Reaper Bakery. Her recipes for Halloween treats have been passed down from generation to generation. No one is quite sure of the ingredients.

Todd Sweeney is Reaper Junction’s barber. He’s been cutting Reaper hair for years, and still uses a straight razor to give his customers the closest possible shave.

Tara Cardoli is the town mystic and fortune teller. Townspeople clandestinely seek her advice. Her predictions have been amazingly accurate.

After the mystery has been solved, a delicious dinner of petite steak filet, chicken breast, salad, potato and vegetable bar will be served. A cash bar will also be available.

In keeping with the festive theme of the holiday, Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Few tickets remain for this event, which sold out last year. Tickets may be ordered from Laurie Miller by calling 871-7042 or e-mailing, or from the Pec Playhouse Box Office by calling 239-1210.

From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue

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