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A Recipe for Disaster: Murder Mystery at the Old Fort Restaurant

  • DuBois Fort 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz, NY, 12561 United States (map)

Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Friday, June 29
Saturday, June 30 - SOLD OUT

Experience a special two-weekend revival of the Old Fort Restaurant on Huguenot Street with actors portraying characters inspired by historic New Paltz figures such as Elsie Oates, the proprietor of the Old Fort (1938–1972); Alice Crans, the cook; and many others. There will be four opportunities to attend this dinner-theater performance: Friday, June 22; Saturday, June 23; Friday, June 29; and Saturday, June 30; all at 6 PM.

The year is 1958, and Elsie Oates has invited you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of her restaurant. However, the pleasant evening is derailed when a mysterious visitor arrives and causes quite a stir. Help the Old Fort staff and its neighbors uncover the truth in this whodunit immersive dinner-theater experience.

Come dressed in your best midcentury attire and enjoy a meal inspired by classic Alice Crans recipes. When you arrive at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center for the event, you may also have the opportunity to play a role in the evening and portray a 1958 New Paltz resident. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early, as the performance will begin promptly at 6 PM.

General Admission: $65
HHS Members: $60 + one additional raffle ticket

Admission will include:
An immersive dinner-theater experience
One three-course meal (family-style)
Soft drinks, wine, and beer
One raffle ticket


Relish Tray: Preserved lemon whipped ricotta, pickled red onions, and croutons

Entree: Pot roast of beef or zucchini & eggplant au gratin, parsley potatoes, and buttered green beans

Dessert: Date nut pudding with hard sauce

Catering by Duo Bistro, duo

Earlier Event: June 17
Family Day: Free Admission