Murder at Mount Hope Mansion a culinary who-done-it  

By on January 21, 2015

Mount Hope Estate & Winery will host its seventh annual interactive, culinary “who-done-it” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater this February and March. Guests are invited to join the gala premier of a brand new play featuring several favorite Jane Austen characters together for the first time, in an epistolary show.

Jane Austen’s most ardent fans call themselves ‘Janeites’ (the original fan club; the model for “Trekkies” and the like). The enthusiasm of these devotees’ easily rivals that of the subcultures surrounding Star Trek or Harry Potter. The evening affords both Janeites and non-Janeites the opportunity to immerse themselves in Regency Period England (1811-1820).

The professional competition among the actors and the high stress circumstances triggered by the opening of the new play will lead to some deadly consequences, leaving those attending the evening’s festivities to discover the truth.

Guests will be treated to a generous four-course meal, during which they will hobnob with stars of the play as well as the playwright herself. There will be other entertainments in which they may participate, such as English country dancing, tours of the mansion, and additional surprises.

The event’s culinary experience begins with an appetizer of fresh ricotta and radish crostini. The first course will be a white soup of tender chicken with rice and the second course will feature a smoked pork loin with mustard cream sauce served with roasted red bliss potatoes, peas, carrots and bath rolls with butter. The meal will conclude with a dessert of a baked apple with raisins and spices. A vegetarian and gluten free meal option is also available upon advanced request.

Murder at Mount Hope Mansion will be presented Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 and 7 p.m. between Feb. 6 and March 28. Admission costs $42.95 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. For details, visit PaRenFaire.com for more details.

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