Mystery in the Mountains at Wilburton Inn April 14

MANCHESTER - Solve the latest 'murder' at the first annual Mud Season Mystery on April 14.

The interactive dinner party begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14

Guests are invited to dress in Gilded Age or Imperial finery as they follow a cast of actors through the 1902 Wilburton mansion to solve a mystery inspired by real events from Manchester's history.

Prizes will be awarded for best sleuthing and most creative costume. Tickets to the Mystery Dinner Party are $70, with discounts for groups of 8 or more. A $5 donation from each ticket sold will be donated to the Manchester Historical Society. This event is part of Vermont Arts 2018, a project of the Vermont Arts Council.

This year's mystery saga, "A Vodka Shot in The Dark," is inspired by the historic unsolved murder of Manchester's civic leader, George Orvis, owner of the Equinox Hotel, whose body was discovered in the Equinox Pond in 1917. The newspapers claimed it was a swimming accident.

Family Innkeeper and New York City playwright Tajlei Levis uses the rich history of the Wilburton and Manchester events as inspiration for each year's original mystery; however, the complex plots are creative invention. "These mysteries are interactive romantic comedies, with local history, political satire and songs from the era," he said

Guests mingle and dine with the cast as they work together to figure out who-dunnit and why. The cast includes New York actors Melissa Marlin, Theresa Kloos, Theo Canter and John Podhoretz, along with Michael Garvey, Letitia Scordino and other local favorites. Creative costumes are encouraged: Gilded Era gowns, suffragette sashes, Russian fur hats.

The Wilburton Inn is a historic 1902 Tudor mansion high on a hill - a perfect setting for an Agatha Christie mystery or a real game of Clue. The tradition of Wilburton mystery events was begun by founding innkeeper Georgette Levis, sister of Tony-award winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and is continued by Georgette's eldest daughter Tajlei Levis.

The Wilburton Inn is located at 257 Wilburton Drive, off River Road, in Manchester Village, Vermont. Call to reserve: 802-362-2500. Lodging packages are available. For those making a weekend getaway, there's a Friday evening welcome cocktail with the Suffragette League, as they debate political issues of 1917.

For a video peek at last year's mystery, visit


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