Weekend Means Murder on Central Oregon Coast
Oregon) - Every spring, there’s a murder in Newport’s Nye
Beach neighborhood. Then, hundreds show up over the weekend to help solve
it, in what is Oregon’s largest interactive event.
On March 14 and 15, it’s the Nye Beach Murder Mystery
Weekend, where the public is the detective. Participants visit various
locations throughout the beachside village, interviewing local residents
and merchants who are dressed up in costume – all of whom are suspects.
Prizes are then awarded to the winning sleuths.
This year’s production is called “Captain Pinkbeard's
Last Pluck,” written by Oregon author Ram Papish, and includes an
interesting time period paradox.
|Locals get dressed up and play roles in this interactive sleuth
festival that draws hundreds.
The mystery takes place in the 1960's, though the murder
occurs during the re-enactment of an 18th century pirate caper, so the
participants can dress 60's-style or pull out their pirate garb. The actors
themselves will be pirates.
Things begin on Saturday, March 14.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Nye Cottage, 208 NW Coast
Street, one block north or the Performing Arts Center. Participants purchase
their Mystery Packets for $5, and may choose to work alone or in groups.
Participants will visit each clue location between 11a.m.
and 5 p.m. to collect the mystery clues and to interrogate the suspects
who will be available between noon and 5 p.m., following their schedules
in the Mystery Packet.
|Does this character look guilty?
Mystery Solutions are due by 6 p.m., and are to be turned
in at Nye Cottage, 208 NW Coast Street, one block north of the Performing
The second part of the weekend happens Sunday, March 15.
The "reveal" is at 1 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center, 777 NW
Beach Drive, at the Nye Beach Turnaround. The location is the second floor
meeting room, which may be accessed from the parking lot north of the
Sylvia Beach Hotel or from the Downstairs Gallery off of Beach Drive and
the Nye Beach Turn Around parking lot.
The suspects will be in attendance, and the Chief Investigator
will reveal the particulars of the mystery and the “who dunnit”
of this mystery.
Prizes are in the form of gift certificates from the participating
Nye Beach Merchants. The winner will also receive a two-night stay for
up to four people in Nye Beach, good through Mystery Weekend 2010.
|One of the characters from a past Murder Weekend feigns sorrow.
Oregon author Ram Papish says he has often found himself
at a loss to name his profession: artist, biologist, tour guide, or writer.
Each field of endeavor, however, has involved birds. At one point, he
settled on an appropriate term: "Professional Bird Enthusiast.”
Even when he is writing a mystery for Nye Beach Mystery Weekend he can't
help include at least one fine-feathered friend in the plot.
Ram’s interest in birds has led to work on field
biology projects in many locations: from Panama to Puerto Rico, Florida
to Texas, Jamaica to the outer islands of Hawaii. His strongest interest
over the years has been studying the wildlife of Alaska. He has worked
in the state for 12 field seasons.
Ram has worked as an illustrator most of his life. He has recently begun
to write and illustrate children’s books. Ram’s books tell
a story, while educating the reader about wildlife and natural history
He lives near Newport, Oregon with a goldfish, three chickens and one
For more information, call 541-270-2234.
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