Murder at Gold Bug Park!

There’s going to be a murder at Gold Bug Park on Saturday, July 15!

But the motive has yet to be determined. Will it be for greed and gold? Will it be a torrid love affair gone bad? Will there be “rough-hewn-justice” in Old Hangtown that night?   You’re invited to join the posse and solve the crime at a “Who Dunnit?” murder mystery dinner fundraiser hosted by the non-profit association Gold Bug Park Development Committee.

In additon to the evening’s “deadly” fun in the park’s picnic pavillion,  participants will be treated to a catered dinner, wine tasting, raffle prizes and an exploratory tour of the historic Gold Bug Mine.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m.;  buffet dinner is served at 5:15 p.m.; and the murder will conveniently kick off (pun intended) with a scream and a dead body at 6:00 p.m.

“We’re offering a different kind of fundriser this summer,” said Charlie Basham, president of the development committee. “The dinner guests will have an entertaining evening solving a murder whose plot blends the saga of the Gold Bug Mine with the region’s colorful mining characters and history.” He said that the committee’s fundraisers are the “bedrock “ of support for the park’s educational improvements and historic preservaton.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $45 each and include the evening’s mystery event, wine tasting, dinner, dessert and a tour of the Gold Bug Mine. There are a limited number of tickets available which can be purchased only at Placerville News, 409 Main Steet (by the Bell Tower) and at the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce at 542 Main St. Western dress is encouraged.

Partnering with the park’s committee for this event is Placerville’s Nello Olivo Winery. It will provide free tastings from its wide selection of award winning wines. Wine by the glass or bottle can be purchased that evening as well. Non alcohol beverages will also be available.

The murder mystery performance will be presented by Georgetown’s Interactive Entertainment company. It’s owner and creative director, Kathy Drew, said the idea of a murder in a gold mine presented some intriguing theatric opportunities.  “I’ve enlisted some amazing talent over the years to work our events like the Sacramento River Train and Sierra Dinner Train excursions. And for the Gold Bug Mine murder I’ve scripted a special story and recruited some gifted performers who have a personal passion for history and a love of the Gold Rush.”

Basham said the 61-acre, City of Placerville park provides visitors with an inexpensive, fun family experience. Last year thousands of students and tourists from every state in the union — plus more than 25 foreign countries — came to see the park’s historic attractions. All of the park’s activities and educational experiences are available 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day throughout the summer.

Gold Bug Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Point of Historical Interest by the State of California. It is located at 2635 Gold Bug Lane in Placerville. For more information about purchasing tickets contact the Placerville News at 530-622-4510.

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