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Murder Mystery play, weekend in Fossil


   Saturday, Sept. 23, the annual Murder Mystery Weekend will take place in Fossil. Everyone is invited to come and help solve this fictitious early 1900s mystery.
   Costumed suspects will be wandering all day throughout the town, giving hints, clues and generally discussing the case with visitors. Clues will also be given at downtown businesses. There may even be an additional murder, as an "Old West Shoot-Out" will be taking place on the streets downtown in mid-afternoon.
   At 6:45 p.m., the Fossil Players will present a mini-drama in which the murder unfolds and the perpetrator of the crime will be brought to justice.
   This will take place at Isobel Edwards Hall at the fairgrounds. An old-fashioned (no-host) stew dinner will be served there, beginning at 5 p.m.
   There are many other activities that will be taking place throughout the day. The Fossil Mercantile will be featuring its 11th Annual Fossil Quilt Show & Sale. At "high noon," a "Mystery Quilt" workshop will be held at the Methodist Church -- call Betty McNeill at 763-4617 to register.
   Visitors can register in front of the Wheeler County Title Company in order to make their guess as to who is the murderer. Also, live music will be played throughout the day downtown and on into the evening at the fairgrounds.
   Other events include classes presented on Fossil area geology, classes presented by the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute -- the Paleo Project, as well as an "Old Fashioned Tea Social," upstairs above the Museum.
   Additional all-day activities include an old-time photographer, the Rim Rock Art Society's Art Show and Sale, Asher Vintage Car Museum, the Pine Creek One Room Schoolhouse Museum, fossil digging behind Wheeler High School and a self-guided historic walking tour of Fossil.
   Preceding the evening's dramatic unveiling of the murderer, there will be a live auction of gift baskets, and then following the mini-drama will be the drawing of award prizes for those guessing the murderer correctly.
   For additional information, contact Lyn Craig (763-2355) or Celia Lorts (763-3060).