NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Announces 1920s Murder Mystery Dinner & Fundraiser, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”
NEW PALTZ, NY (February 24, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced an upcoming fundraiser, “’Til Death Do Us Part,” a Murder Mystery dinner event. Guests will be transported back in time to 1928 to attend the wedding reception of two famous silent film stars. The dinner will begin at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz) at 6 pm on Friday, March 13.
Guests will have a unique opportunity to engage in local history in the context of one of America’s defining eras – the roaring twenties – and rub elbows with glamorous silent film and “talkie” stars, including newlyweds Evie and Eddie. Also in attendance will be notable artists, jazz singers, flappers, bootleggers, and other famous personalities of the time. Characters in period attire will engage guests in relevant conversation on hot topics of the 20s like the film industry and advent of the studio system, prohibition, and even the 1927 New York Yankees.
A period-appropriate dinner will be prepared by the popular Blue Crane Inn, a “cornerstone of nightlife in New Paltz,” founded in 1900 and now known as P&G’s. Wine and period cocktails will be provided by Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits. A live jazz performance will accompany dinner.
Unfortunately, Evie and Eddie’s marital bliss is cut short. After dinner, guests will proceed to the historic Deyo House to solve a shocking murder mystery.
“This is the first interactive fundraiser of its kind at Historic Huguenot Street,” said Mary Etta Schneider, President and Board Chair. “Huguenot Street is unique in that we are able to interpret a wide breadth of history, from the colonial period through the mid-20th century. New Paltz itself has a vibrant history, and we are excited to be able to portray New Paltz in the 1920s and to partner with a local landmark – P&G’s – who has generously donated dinner for the fundraising event. We are also grateful to Stone Ridge Wine and Spirits, whose continued support of Huguenot Street events enables us to contribute much more of proceeds from events like this into our programs and preservation.”
Space is limited for this unique evening. Reservations are required and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals $125. Couples $225. VIP tickets are also available. The VIP experience includes seating at the Sweetheart Table with Evie and Eddie, access to an exclusive bonus scene, and the option to play a period character. Period dress is optional, but encouraged. VIP Individuals $150. VIP Couples $275. Register at huguenotstreet.org/murdermystery.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve their French and Dutch heritage. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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