Everybody loves a good mystery, but throw in the elegant setting of the Plummer House and the annual In Cahoots Murder Mystery becomes one of the most popular events of Rochester’s WinterFest.
The two performances at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 benefit the Elder Network, which provides services to the area’s senior citizens. Both shows will likely sell out, as they do every year.
“It’s so much fun, I never dreamed it would continue this long,” said Laurie Marreel, executive director of the Elder Network. This is the 17th murder mystery staged by Elder Network.
The mystery is developed by local actors and theater people. “They are all volunteers,” Marreel said. “They come up with the script and the costumes.”
This year, the case involves characters named Penny Loafer, Sandy Wingtip and Suede Oxford — an indication that this murder mystery is more about fun than fright.
“There’s nothing gross or evil or mean,” Marreel said. “It’s very light-hearted.”
Audiences of up to 100 pack the Plummer House to watch the performance and solve the mystery while enjoying wine, dessert and live music. “Last year we had a whole group from Mankato come in costume,” Marreel said. Groups from Red Wing, La Crosse and Winona have also attended.
And what’s the most fun about this mystery? “It’s always solved at the end,” Marreel said.
Tickets are $40, and must be reserved in advance at 507-285-5272. Must be 21 to attend.