Oak Grove Tourism presents murder mystery dinner

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The “Best Laid Plans” Murder Mystery Dinner will be presented Feb. 8 at Valor Hall Conference and Event Center, 105 Walter Garrett Lane, Oak Grove. The setting for the whodunit event is in the late 1920s to early 1930s.

A night of mystery and glamour is planned for the "Best Laid Plans" Murder Mystery Dinner.

Presented by the Oak Grove Tourism Commission and Valor Hall Conference and Event Center, the adults-only event will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Valor Hall, 105 Walter Garrett Lane, Oak Grove.

"We have actors coming from Nashville who will put on a show for us --- an interactive show," said KaDee Luebke, marketing assistant and event coordinator for the tourism commission and Valor Hall. "They will pick people in the crowd and interact with them and one of those people will be a suspect."

The setting for the whodunit event is in the late 1920s to early 1930s, so Luebke encourages guests to wear themed costumes reflecting the era. The Murder Mystery Company of Nashville recommends wearing pinstriped suits, fedora hats, halter necklines, floor-length dresses, elbow-length gloves, vests and other accessories like bow ties, cigarette cases and mink stoles.

"It's set in a mansion, so we want the dress code to be a little dressier," Luebke said. "You don't actually have to dress up. You can come as you are. It's always more fun when everyone comes in costume."

Costuming in films like "Clue," "The Aviator," "Dick Tracy," "The Rocketeer," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "The Artist" may give participants visual examples of period dress, Luebke said.

"There was a lot of themes we could choose from, but this is the one we liked best," she said. "It fits that olden times, Hollywood theme."

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and a briefing of the theme.

"We will have a bar set up with some fun-themed drinks that will fit the time (period)," Luebke said. "The actors will be out mingling with people and getting to know some of the guests before they decide who gets to be a suspect or an actual character. Then, they'll make an announcement that a murder happened and we will move into the ballroom."

The buffet line and show starts at 6:30 p.m.

"Dinner will be buffet style and that's when the show really starts," Luebke said. "There will be an interactive piece and the actors have a little skit they put on."

The menu will be prepared by Four Seasons Catering of Hopkinsville. The meal will include pork tenderloin, twice-baked potatoes, green beans, seasonal vegetables and a dessert medley.

Between 9 and 9:30 p.m., the "murderer" will be revealed.

"At the end of the night, everybody puts in their submission of who they think the murderer is," Luebke said.

Awards will be presented for the best actor, as well as best-dressed male and female guests.

Cost of the event is $40 per person at www.eventbrite.com. The price includes the meal and entertainment. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Luebke said the tourism commission wanted to bring a fun event to the community and she expects it will sell out.

"We have done a few murder mysteries in the past, and they were very successful and something I definitely wanted to bring back at a larger scale," Luebke said. "It's just fun entertainment for the area. Hopefully, it will bring people into Oak Grove, as well."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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