Murder mystery fundraiser for AMG returns this Saturday

 

Amherstburg author John Schlarbaum has penned his third murder mystery with the play being scheduled for this Saturday night. “The Groom Wore Red” will be held at and around the Park House Museum and it is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Amherstburg author John Schlarbaum has penned his third murder mystery with the play being scheduled for this Saturday night. “The Groom Wore Red” will be held at and around the Park House Museum and it is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

By Ron Giofu

Local author John Schlarbaum has set the scene and this Saturday, local amateur detectives will get a chance to solve the mystery.

Schlarbaum has once again penned the script of the annual Amherstburg’ Museums and Galleries (AMG) murder mystery fundraiser, which will be based in and around the Park House Museum Saturday night starting at 6:30 p.m. According to Schlarbaum’s outline for “The Groom Wore Red,” two former rival families – the Smiths and the Browns – gather peacefully together at the Park House for the wedding of Nick Smith and a very pregnant Emily Brown. When the groom remains missing 30 minutes after the ceremony was to start, the group prepares to search for him. Before they do, police officer Brian Stack arrives to inform everyone that Nick was shot to death and homicide detectives would be arriving soon to question them.

“Originally, someone suggested we do a Hatfield-McCoy feud going on,” said Schlarbaum.

That idea blossomed to involve a shotgun wedding where the groom was killed and “from there, it took a life of its own.”

This is the third consecutive year the AMG has presented a murder mystery fundraiser with Schlarbaum noting the first year had an 1812 theme while last year’s featured characters from the present day and from 200 years ago. Schlarbaum believes the public will be able to relate to this year’s play because a lot of people have likely been to a bad wedding, wondered what the bride and groom saw in each other or experienced tension between families.

“By setting the play in the present day, I think people can form their own ideas on how things went so badly,” he said.

There will be 12 characters in “The Groom Wore Red” with them being based in the Park House and nearby along Dalhousie St. and in Navy Yard Park. Schlarbaum said they will be closer in proximity this year so the amateur detectives from the public can go back and cross-examine characters easier if they hear contradictory stories.

Schlarbaum said it is “a solvable mystery” and he wrote the play in the same manner in which he writes his mystery novels only in a shorter version.

Advance tickets are $10 and available at the Gibson Gallery or the North American Black Historical Museum. Tickets are $12 at the door. It will be held rain or shine and is recommended for ages 14 and over.

“It’s not an expensive evening,” said Schlarbaum. “It’s a lot of fun. People enjoyed the last two we’ve put on in Amherstburg. It’s a fun, charitable event where you play the detective.”

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