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Murder Mystery at Mount Hope Mansion: Who Will Catch a Murderer?


The tables are set and the train is about to depart at Murder at Mt Hope Mansion, , at the stately old Victorian on the grounds of the murder at mount hope mansionPennsylvania Renaissance Faire!

We’ve all been invited to the inaugural launch. World famous inventor-turned-railroad-tycoon Horatio Long has invited many guests to the Mt. Hope Grand Central Train Depot to enjoy a wonderful dinner before the train departs.

When we arrived we were greeted by the cast, a lively happy bunch, who unknowingly (or knowingly..!) dropped clues in their banter in the several dining rooms of the ‘depot.’

Guests were served white bean smoked chicken chili or vegetarian black bean chili – it was delicious, with an accompaniment of sour cream, fresh salsas, rolls and honey butter, along with house-made tortilla chips and Texas caviar (a delectable dip of green onions, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil and lime juice.)

Next on the menu was char grilled chicken with tangy BBQ sauce and smoked pork slices with baked apple & cider gravy, sumptuous corn pudding and savory southwest potato wedges kept all these pardners so full they almost forgot they are out to catch a murderer!

I will say that I was amazed at the amount of food everyone got and how incredible it was. My dinner companion and I were seated at Table 12, where we met some amazing folks and had delightful conversation…and when the cast came by to talk about their travels- and gossip about the other characters- we all were truly wondering when the murder of the mystery would start!

For dessert, the most amazing deep dish apple pie with whipped cream was served. My one regret of the night is that I ate so much Texas caviar and chicken I could barely eat my pie!!

Upon finishing, we were asked to go from our respectable dining rooms in the mansion (ballroom, library, dining room) to the chapel, which was decked out as our train carriage. The Mt Hope mansion was wonderful decorated in true Old West Texas style, ready to get us all aboard!

As the characters reintroduced themselves and many of the audience had fortified themselves with sweet tea and sangria punch (cash bar), our train trip began….but what in tarnation?! One very important person is struck down, and one dashing young man turned Texas Ranger needs our help to solve…The Murder at Mt Hope Mansion!

This interactive dinner kept the audience on their toes and ready to solve the crime, after a wonderful dinner, the clues were there and the audience asked questions. We did eventually solve the crime, and wrassled up the wronger-doer!

You can’t do mush better than Mt Hope to serve up a grand deep dish of food, frolic and excitement!

Helena Troy: Sheila Barton 
Mustang Sally: Jen Smeraldo
Yukon Tom: Pete Hedberg 
Horatio Long: Doug Wallace
Percival Templeton: TJ Miller 
Mongo: Lee Jordan
Lucky Frank Cartwright: Jean-Gerald Tartiere

Murder at Mount Hope:  
March 9 - April 21, 2012
, Fridays & Saturdays

Show times vary, www.PaRenFaire.com, for more details. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $39.95 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations can be made by visiting www.PaRenFaire.com or by calling the Box Office at 717.665.7021, ext. 120.

Don’t forget to have some wine on the way out and shop in the wonderful wine shop- these award winning wines are delicious!
Mount Hope Estate, home to the annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, is located on Route 72, ½ mile south of PA Turnpike exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east of Hershey.

Christine Tarlecki can be found on FaceBook and Twitter under engchik, and can be reached at engchik@comcast.net.

Special thanks to Candace Smith- Communications/Operations/Educational Programs Director

Christine Tarlecki is a P2P writer from the Phoenixville area and can be reached on twitter and FaceBook under engchik, and at engchik@comcast.net.

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