‘Death at the Double D Ranch’

Article Published: Jun. 21, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 29, 2012
‘Death at the Double D Ranch’

Lianne Mattar and John Stacy star in ‘Death at the Double D Ranch,’ an interactive murder mystery fundraiser, coming to Tweetsie Railroad June 28 to benefit the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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On June 28, High Country residents can support a serious cause by having some serious fun.

The Blowing Rock Hospital Benefit Committee welcomes all to an interactive murder mystery fundraiser at Tweetsie Railroad.

Local theater director Trimella Chaney leads a cast of eleven prominent businesspeople and community leaders in “Death at the Double D Ranch.” In this farcical thriller, audience members piece together clues in order to collaboratively solve the mystery of who murdered the evening’s host.

Attendees are allegedly invited to the estate of local ranch owner Dray Duncan for his annual barn party barbecue. Upon arrival, they will be informed that Duncan has been murdered. While enjoying a meal their host had arranged, guests meet suspects and learn clues while assembling theories about the murderer, a motive and deadly weapon.

“Death at the Double D Ranch” introduces guests to various colorful suspects during the courses of dinner. By dessert, individuals at each table will join forces to present their table’s theory of a suspect and motivation.

The volunteer cast is full of well-known community members. The character of the sheriff attempting to solve the murder is played by John Alley, a retired Army colonel. He is joined by Rosanne Peacock, wife of Appalachian State University chancellor Ken Peacock, Chase Luddeke of Mellow Mushroom and Sid Greene of the town of Blowing Rock, along with Marsha Fletcher, John Winkler, Shelia Deal, Michele Novacek, Alex Hallmark, John Stacy and Lianne Mattar.

Megan Ellis of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is helping to organize this event. Regarding the cast, she said, “Some have acted before, but they’re all volunteering their time to help us raise money.”

The committee chairwomen are Linda Campbell and Suzanne Miller. Wendy May is the dinner theater chairwoman, and Tweetsie Railroad has donated the use of its facilities for this fundraiser. Dinner is catered by Gadabouts Catering and is supplemented by the Blowing Rock Country Club. The Boone Brewing Company is supplying libations.

The group correctly solving the murder will win a patron tent at the North Carolina Beach Music Festival. Scheduled for Sept. 14, this music festival is co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountain Club and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

The $90 donation to attend this event, half of which is tax-deductible, supports the new medical facility planned for Blowing Rock. Appalachian Regional Healthcare has purchased a 68-acre tract on the Boone side of the Blue Ridge Parkway and intends to use the land to build a 112-bed post-acute facility. Site preparation will commence in late 2012 with construction beginning in 2013. The new facility will encompass rehabilitation and long-term care and also features a memory support wing, a post-acute extended care wing, palliative care and a primary care outpatient clinic.

Tickets for the June 28 mystery dinner theater event can be purchased by contacting Megan Lynn Ellis at (828) 262-9564 or (mellis@apprhs.org)

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