Some of the 150 people who turned out at Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro Nov. 13 for “Murder at Fairfax Hall IV,” a dinner fundraiser for the Wayne Theater Alliance, which aims to restore the old downtown theater, searched for clues around the pretend victim of a shooting. In the game, dinner-goers try to solve a murder mystery by watching suspects be interviewed and then following up with their own direct questions and searches. Clues involved the old Crozet Tunnel and an Aztec mythology book. Suspects included Martha Woodroof of WMRA, Clayton Stiver of WVIR, Mary Katherine Froelich of Stone Soup Books, Shirley Bridgeforth of the Waynesboro Heritage Museum, and Gen. Wayne Jefferson of Nellysford. It turned out Gen. Jefferson had drawn the villain’s script. He performed it with dignity. Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. director Kimberley Waters won for having the best solution.
It was the fourth murder mystery game Kathy Johnson has written for the Alliance and brought her opus total to 246. Each is an original mystery, she said, because the game would be no fun if you knew the solution.