Jennings library hosting mystery dinner

A meal and a murder mystery will benefit the Jennings County Public Library.

The library is hosting its annual mystery dinner, themed “The Shootout at Whiskey Joe’s” this year, on Nov. 1 for the library’s endowment fund at the Jennings County Community Foundation.

This year’s mystery scene takes place in an old western saloon where someone is murdered during an otherwise friendly card game. Local actors will act out the drama and the challenge for the audience is to figure out who killed the victim and how. The member of the audience who first correctly guesses the villain will win $200.

“One thing that makes this so much fun is there is a script for the mystery, but the actors don’t see it until just before the play begins, so the audience get to watch them try to make sense of their roles as they go through the play,” said Mary Hougland, the library’s director.

The actors in this year’s mystery are: Lynette Beeman, Justin Chadwick, Rick Domzalski, Sheriff Kenny Freeman, Tabitha Hodges, Page Kibbler, Mike “Boonie” Robinson, Dustin Roller and Josh Yeager.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a dinner catered by The Pines restaurant.

“If you want to dress western that is fine, or just wear whatever you want to wear. Just come and have a fun night,” Hougland said.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Tickets are on sale at the Jennings County Public Library, 2375 State Road 3 North, North Vernon. For more information, call 812-346-2091.