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Who dunnit?

McLean House hosts murder mystery dinner
by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS Two players in the mystery – the sea captain and the young woman – share the stories of their lives and deaths.

On Oct. 15, West Linn's McLean House was transformed into both a crime scene and a stage, when The Friends of McLean House, hosted its first-ever murder mystery dinner and silent auction fundraiser.

Ninety-eight guests attended the sold out event, which featured 46 silent auction items, raffle prizes and a dinner catered by Romano's Macaroni Grill.

As they dined, attendees were introduced one by one to they mystery's characters - a housemaid, a butler, a doctor, a cook, a gardener, a ship captain, and a young woman - all portrayed by actors from New Century Players. All had been deceased 80 years but were back to tell their tale.

Once they were introduced, characters mingled and chatted with guests until a scream announced that the maid had been killed.

One by one, each character revealed his or her story to the audience to help them figure out who dunnit.

Given their clues, dinner guests then voted for whom they thought had committed the crime. Correct guesses where then entered into a drawing for a bottle of Blackstone merlot.

In all, the Friends of McLean House raised $3,300 for an all-season structure to cover its recently installed patio so it can be used for events year round. Local Boy Scouts from troop 149 helped with the logistics of the dinner, and fun was had by all.

'This was one of the most fun-filled nights I've had in a long, long time,' one guest told the organization. 'Please do it again.'

- Friends of McLean House