A murder is staged amid partygoers — guests dressed to attend a costume ball, each gathering clues and weeding out suspects. Questions hung in the air — who was responsible for all this and would we catch the killer in time?
On September 23, the first Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner in support of local charity Symphony of Trees, at La Roe’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Ohio, is an “interactive whodunit,” an evening-long theatrical presentation featuring twists, turns, betrayals and, of course…murder! (Cue lightning crash here.)
“We had an anonymous benefactor who donated the money to pay [for the event],” said Pam Thompson, board member and current second chair of Symphony of Trees. “The Murder Mystery Company will put on the event. They have a lot of experience doing this. They will bring actors and costumes, for a whole night of not only food and friendship but also entertainment.”
The event begins at 5:30 with a cash bar, followed by a buffet meal catered by La Roe’s. Throughout the evening, attendees will examine clues, talk with suspects and begin to determine who is the killer among them.
Trying Something Different
All proceeds from the event will benefit Symphony of Trees, an organization in its 17th year that raises funds for children in need throughout the area. The group’s major event — its namesake fundraiser with a display of Christmas trees — takes place in November, Symphony of Trees raises money year round for several agencies in Henry County.
“Symphony of Trees has a year-round working board and different events…5K runs, we did the sand castle at Levis Commons a couple of years ago. We’re always looking for different things to expand our proceeds. We want [people] to realize that in Northwest Ohio, we’ve got communities that support each other and help each other, and lift each other up,” Thompson said.
$60. 5:30pm. Saturday, September 23.
La Roe’s Restaurant
24138 Front St. | Grand Rapids, OH.
419-832-3082 | Symphonyoftrees.com