Later this month, Pasadena will be the scene of a crime. It will have all the makings of a great 'whodunit' mystery, including conflict, drama, and...dinner? But don't worry, it's all for a good cause.
Opportunity Ministries, in conjunction with Murder 4 Fun Inc., will present "A Murder on Stoney Creek," at 7 p.m. on April 28 and 29 at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road. This famil -friendly murder mystery dinner raises money for the Mary's Lamb Women and Children Program, a planned residential recovery home for six women and their children.
The concept of this fundraiser came from Opportunity Ministries volunteer Rhonda Weeks, who is friends with the organization's director, Mickey Kramer. They both thought this type of fundraiser "would be fun to do for Opportunity Ministries."
Weeks was introduced to this unique charity event six years ago when Murder 4 Fun, Inc. director, Paul Warshauer, cast her in one of his productions. Since then, she has acted in two other murder mystery dinners in Maryland with Warshauer at the helm.
"(Paul) is known worldwide for his Murder Mystery Productions. He travels all over the world to host these events for fundraisers and huge corporate events," Weeks explained.
Warshauer typically incorporates local elements into the storylines of his murder mysteries and this show will be no exception. The mystery ensues during a contentious community meeting convened over a hotly debated river boat travelling down Stoney Creek. During the meeting, "residents are not happy about (the boat)," said Weeks.
Each performance is improvisational, the six actors participating will know very little about the production prior to the show. Weeks said, "everything about the production is top secret."
The evening will go something like this: following an introduction of characters during the salad course, guests will enjoy a meal of barbeque chicken and sides, while also watching a 'murder' unfold. During dessert, the audience will ultimately discover whodunit.
Guest interaction is encouraged during the performances, they will help figure out who perpetrated the crime. Furthermore, both performances will have unique conclusions. Kramer explained, "the show is different each evening so someone could attend both performances and still be surprised by the outcome."
Both Weeks and Kramer have acting experience; Weeks is a veteran actress who's landed roles in a variety of outlets including television and film; whereas Kramer's acting experience is centered around a drama ministry she created with Weeks called "Women on Fire Ministries."
Weeks said of her drama ministry, "we travel around and perform skits during church services, at Christian conferences, at Women's retreats and youth retreats."
In addition to Weeks and Kramer, Laura Zollenhoffer, Mary Sharon, Lisa Clark and Chaka Balamani will perform at the upcoming dinner theaters. "The entire cast is made up of experienced actors who have tons of experience either on stage, film or television," Weeks revealed. Three members of the cast-- Weeks, Kramer and Clark--are local Pasadena residents, as well as graduates of Chesapeake High School.
Tickets cost $40 each and all proceeds will benefit Mary's Lamb. Weeks is hoping to sell around 100 tickets per night.
To reserve tickets, call Lynn Stenner at 410-255-5265 or 410-615-9276.
Officials from Anne Arundel County Public Library announced the appointment of Pasadena resident, Nathan Volke, 29, as a new member of the library's Board of Trustees.
Volke is a family law attorney in Annapolis, and a Republican running for Anne Arundel County Council in 2018. He also serves as a member of the Republican State Central Committee and as a parishioner at Hope Springs Community Church.
A graduate of Chesapeake High School, he received his bachelor's in political science from UMBC. He then attended the University of Baltimore School of Law before completing a clerkship and later entering private practice.
"Our libraries are a vital part of our community, providing repositories of knowledge and expanding the horizons of Anne Arundel County residents. As a lifelong reader and lover of books, it is an honor to join the Library Board and help to ensure those opportunities continue for generations to come," Volke stated.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of AACPL, comprised of volunteers who have a range of experiences and backgrounds. Members are chosen on the basis of character, ability and demonstrated interest in library matters. They serve a three-year term, not to exceed nine years.
The Eastern District Police Community Relations Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Eastern District Police Department, 204 Pasadena Rd.
The guest speaker is from the Anne Arundel County fire marshal's office.
Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month.
For details, call Debbie Fickert at 410-491-6958.
Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, is hosting a concert featuring Otis Stroup at 6:30 p.m. on April 23. Tickets cost $15 each and proceeds will benefit local missions.
A reception of desserts, coffee and tea will be served following the performance.
For tickets or information, contact Kay Klovstad at 410-260-9110
The Orchard Beach VFD is hosting an all-night bingo on April 22. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start at 7:30 p.m. and end around 5 a.m.
The cost is $30 for 70 games; each player must purchase a package. Plus, $5 for additional paper. Also being sold are four quickie games and split-the- pot specials. No checks accepted. Breakfast included with package purchase. The kitchen will be open.
For details, contact Donna Bushong, at Dbushong4@aol.com.
Made in Maryland
A festival featuring goods made in Maryland will be held at Kutz's Beach, Kurtz's Road, from noon to 5 p.m. on May 7. Tickets cost $20 each.
From artisans, crafters, food vendors, wineries, breweries, live entertainment and beyond, this Maryland-themed afternoon along the Chesapeake Bay will feature fun for all ages.
The headlining bands for this year are The New Romance and Sons Of Pirates.