March 1 – 3, 2024
Tune in for a weekend of Laughter, Drama, Secrets, and Mystery on ‘The Very Late Show with Les Hope’
Watch a mystery unfold before your eyes at Mohonk Mountain House, the birthplace of Mystery Weekends, now celebrating its 48th anniversary! In the 1970s, Mohonk was the place where Mystery Weekends got their start. Performers act out each scene in front of you, and it is up to you or your team to solve the crime.
This year we present a Mystery weekend with classic elements and all-new wrinkles to baffle and confuse. Highlights include Talked to Death – a Mystery play in four acts produced by Murder Café, an original puzzle hunt by Greg Pliska, a tabletop escape room, live music, Sunday’s closing events, and more! Costumes and props are encouraged but not required.
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MYSTERY WEEKEND TIPS
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Team Registration, Signups, & Afternoon Tea and Cookies
4pm – 6pm
There’s something suspicious in the air! Register on a team, signup for the tabletop escape room, and begin to plan your strategy to pursue potential suspects with a hot cup of Mohonk tea and cookies.
Talked to Death: Act I
Witness pre-show jitters and hijinks as the crew of The Very Late Show prepare the stage for what might be the last network appearance of popular host, Les Hope. The stubborn and artsy camera operator, Heinrich, attempts to direct the action including the responsibilities of the show’s too-eager-to-please stage manager Crystal Moore. The production’s meddling producer, Colonel Hornsby, will loudly interfere as he mumbles and stumbles around the stage. Minutes before the “on-air” sign flashes, Bootsie, the network’s makeup artist and costume designer, enters with a frazzled Les Hope. Bootsie attempts to please the star, but his stabbing makeup brush and sarcasm get in the way. Once Les is behind her desk, everyone aggressively decides to sample the products that are sponsoring the show. And then after Crystal’s final countdown, Skimpy Rueben, the studio musician, plays the show’s theme song. The sponsors are heard from and Heinrich’s camera rolls. The first guests are conjoined twins, and country singers, Jacob and Jezebel. They manage to perform a duet despite their open conflicts. Les, at least on camera, attempts to restore order. Once she cuts to the first commercial break, Bootsie, Heinrich, Crystal and the Colonel all clash over real and imagined issues. Jacob and Jezebel engage in their own conflict, and before Skimpy plays the theme song for the next segment, someone drops dead – on stage.
Disco If you Dare!
9:45pm – 11pm
Although it’s lights out on The Very Late Show with Les Hope, the party continues downstairs with The Very Late Show after party. Soundsational DJ provides us the perfect soundtrack to boogie, slide, and disco if you dare!
Be Sure to Lock Your Doors
Who knows who might be lurking in the hallway? Be on the lookout for your original puzzle by Greg Pliska.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Talked to Death: Act II
As the crewmembers of The Very Late Show try to salvage the remainder of this deadly broadcast, Sandy Schell, an up and coming stand-up comic, happens to be in the audience. She rises and demands a spot on the show. Crystal dismisses Sandy before it is revealed she is not only Heinrich’s niece, but also someone who Les Hope attempted to blacklist in the television industry. To say she has an ax to grind is an understatement. And that position she shares with the second set of tonight’s guests, Milton and Mitzi, a couple who will share their out-of-this-world encounter. But before their battle is aired, the Colonel reaches for the microphone, and the cue cards, as he demands to host the show. But Bootsie threatens to blackmail the Colonel with proof of his past shenanigans. The Colonel backs down, Sandy and Skimpy form a bond, Crystal and Heinrich trade insults, the show’s guests argue and you, as a member of the studio audience, witness another death!
Tabletop Escape Room*
11am – 12:15pm, 2pm – 4:45pm, & 7pm – 9pm
Step into a groovy time-travel adventure in our tabletop escape room: ‘Race Against Time: 1970s Time Capsule Quest’. You and your team are whisked back to the iconic 1970s where a mysterious portal has opened to reveal a locked time capsule from Mohonk’s past. But here’s the catch – the portal is fleeting, and you’ve got just 30 minutes to unlock the secrets of the past before they vanish forever!
*Preregistration is required. Please call in advance to sign up; space is limited. Six people per group.
Craft Services and Clues with the Suspects
4pm – 5pm
Our TV personalities have infiltrated Mohonk’s long-standing tradition of tea and cookies. Make sure to ask your questions carefully and investigate on newly revealed clues.
Talked to Death: Act III
Were both on-stage deaths the result of homicide? If so, who was responsible? There is evidence of one fatality. Is it possible the victim was murdered twice? Everyone seems to have had a motive for at least one of the deaths, and by now it is apparent that at least one of the products that sponsor The Very Late Show may have been the means. Was it Bootsie’s Bomb Hairspray, Kernel of Truth Bourbon, Faux Pas Spring Water, or nipNnap calming tablets? Each of these products can be traced to one of the show’s crewmembers. In this segment you will encounter two more scheduled guests. One is Golda Sparks, an agitating political activist, who admits during her on-air rant that she had a pre-show encounter with Les Hope. The other is Phyllis Marlowe, a bestselling mystery writer. Scheduled to promote her latest bestseller, Marlowe decides she is going to use her airtime to solve a murder! Overcoming the host’s objections, she begins to lay out what she claims are motives and opportunities for murder. But, is she as innocent as she seems? The act ends with a surprise visitor, one who takes control of the on-air murder investigation, and one who announces everyone is a suspect including Phyllis Marlowe.
Drop off your Talked to Death solutions in the box any time until Sunday, 03/03/2024 at 10am in the Parlor.
R&B with the Dylan Doyle Band
Southern born, Northern raised, Dylan Doyle has been steeped in everything from Bob Dylan, Wes Montgomery, and Bill Withers to John Prine, Jimi Hendrix, and The Band. From this comes a unique musical interpretation, giving him a style that defies classification. Tonight’s show highlights some of R&B’s best from the 70s and beyond!
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
Team Solutions Presented
Illuminate, entertain, and maybe even show up your competition as you and your teammates act out your solution. Be creative, be bold, and be imaginative. If you were not on a team feel free to come and watch an entertaining and fun part of this Event.
Talked to Death: Act IV – Mystery Solved!
During the last commercial break, MBC has announced a ratings bonanza. Not only will The Very Late Show be renewed, but also the current broadcast will continue, live, until the murder, or murders, are solved. As the impartial, mystery guest continues with the murder investigation the motives of Heinrich, Bootsie, Crystal, Skimpy, Sandy, Golda, and Phyllis are examined. Objections and outrage continue until the evidence unmistakably points to the murderer! And he, or she, is revealed. After, the winners of all the contests will be revealed and prizes awarded.
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