Cape May 's Sherlock Holmes Weekend 2004

Cape May, NJ 11-01-04 - Spend a suspense-filled weekend with that inimitable detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he solves the mystery of “Sherlock Holmes and the Circle of Darkness” from Nov. 5-7

The weekend includes a welcoming reception, Search for Clues Tour, a Sunday Brunch and theatrical performances, written especially for this occasion by playwright John Pekich.

Pekich researched Cape May’s and the nation’s history to write “Sherlock Holmes and the Circle of Darkness,” which takes place in 1901.

The weekend commences at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Savannah Key Ballroom. 501 Beach Drive, as the cream of Cape May’s society gathers to celebrate. The mayor and his charming wife are hosts for the evening and their guests include many of Cape May’s most important citizens and visitors.

During the festivities, a note arrives threatening the new school and other prominent buildings unless $500,000 is paid. The note is signed by the “Circle of Darkness.” As luck would have it, Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion are among this evening’s guests, here at the request of Her Majesty’s government and the United States Department of State . They immediately plunge into the task at hand.

The search for the solution to the crime continues from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 as participants hit the streets of Cape May and visit six of its Victorian treasures on a Search for Clues Tour.

The Search for Clues Tour is part of the full package or can be purchased separately for $15 per person. Completed answer sheets from the tour can be entered for a grand prize drawing on Sunday. Participants need not be present to win the grand prize.

The game continues at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Mr. Holmes Study (Cape Island Baptist Church, Columbia Avenue and Gurney Street). Compare notes with other detectives. Clues will be revealed, and then prizes will be awarded for look-alike contests, trivia, best-dressed Victorians and more.

Holmes unlocks the mystery at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 at The Pelican Club. Once the mystery is solved, the winners will be announced and the grand prizes will be awarded.

Contact the Midatlantic Center for the Arts at (609) 884-5404.



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