Thursday, March 5, 2015

A chance to play detective

How about dipping your lace-up boots into the scene during a Victorian mystery weekend?

A chance to play detective

CAPE MAY - Maybe you're not sure you want to go full tilt into the historical re-enactment lifestyle. But how about dipping your lace-up boots into the scene during a Victorian mystery weekend?

Participants in the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities annual Sherlock Holmes Weekend will be encouraged to bop around town in a boater or point a parasol on March 16 through 18.

It will be a fun three days of hunting clues to solve "The Trial of Moriarity's Challenge," a specially written tale for this year's event.

Participants will stay at select bed-and-breakfasts and can attend special gatherings and contests, with the weekend culminating in a party in which the culprits are revealed and prizes awarded to best sleuths.

There's even a 19th century version of Dancing With the Stars, with prizes awarded to the best-dressed Victorians and to those who can cut a rug with a good foxtrot and waltz.

The weekend package is sold out, but tickets are still available for March 17's "Search for Clues Tour" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained by calling MAC at 609-884-5404 or 1-800-275-4578. Anyone completing an answer sheet is eligible to win a $250 grand prize.

During the weekend, the East Lynne Theater Company will present Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Norwood Builder at 8 p.m. March 16 and March 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, Decatur and Hughes Streets. Admission is $25.

More information may also be obtained by visiting MAC's website at


(Jacqueline L. Urgo)

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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