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 www.capemaymac.org.


(Jacqueline L. Urgo)