JUNE 10, 2010

Mystery Dinner Theater on stage this weekend

    This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will spotlight the very first annual Mystery Dinner Theater at the High Country Inn, being held to raise much-needed funds for the Clearwater Memorial Public Library. A group of dedicated community members, under the direction of newcomer Diane Hairston, has been hard at work for several weeks, learning their lines while volunteering many hours of their time to make this exciting event a smashing success!

    A wonderful experience is in store for guests who attend this three-day fund raising event for the library, beginning with a no-host social hour on the deck of the High Country Inn at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Guests will enjoy the lovely ambience of the Sunken Garden, snacking from a complimentary Cheese Bar and visiting with other guests, and then the action begins! 

    An aura of mystery will already be present, leading everyone to become involved in the setting of the play, which begins to take place. Soon everyone will be invited to enter the inn for the next bit of excitement and the beginning of a fine dinner.

    We aren’t divulging the plot, but guests will soon guess the venue of “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,” and the action begins!

    A few tickets may still be available and those who haven’t secured a reservation may check with Librarian Ellen Tomlinson at the library, located on Michigan Avenue across from Orofino Jr. High School. The library’s phone number is 476-3411.

    Tickets, which include the play and a full dinner, are $75 a couple or $40 for singles. A choice of three entrees includes stuffed pork loin, chicken breast Divan, or a vegetarian gluten-free entrée of stuffed red pepper. Choices are made with reservations. 

    A volunteer staff will assist Chef Jo Moore, who is donating both the use of the inn as well as the preparations and cooking of dinner to aid this important fund raiser for the library. An array of very nice raffle prizes has also been donated and tickets for these will continue to be sold the three evenings of the mystery event. Sponsors of tables have also been solicited, which will help in reaching the $3,000 goal for proceeds. Tax-deductible Sponsorship of a table is $100 plus the cost of the table’s tickets. Several library patrons have already made donations in lieu of reservations, including Erik and Patti Peterson of Glenwood Pharmacy and Dr. Gray, Orofino dentist.  Both businesses are located on Michigan Avenue in Orofino.

    Donations may also still be made for this cause by contacting Jo Moore at 476-7570. Appreciation of support is extended to all who support the work of our local library, which is indeed one of Orofino’s finest treasures!