Victoria Main Street Program hosts downtown murder mystery

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

March 17, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.

The paparazzi can be a nuisance, wielding their cameras armed with bright flashes and with their pesky persistence in pursuing popular icons.

They have a reputation for being in the faces of actors, actresses and film directors trying to carry on normal lives. But when a member of the paparazzi is found dead in downtown Victoria, the Victoria Main Street Program opens the "Case of the Dead Paparazzi."

The Main Street Program is looking for the help of area residents to solve the murder case. Donna Brinegar, office assistant of the Main Street Program, and Executive Director Sara Rodriguez are coordinating the event Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Participants may register for the event in advance and choose the day they want to solve the mystery or register on the day of the event.

"It's kind of like a live version of Clue," Brinegar said.

Unlike the Downtown Pub Crawl the Main Street Program hosted in August, the Downtown Murder Mystery will not require a smartphone app but instead require participants to use their investigative skills to solve the crime. Each participant or group will receive a packet with all the details of the crime, and the rest is up to them.

"The participants will visit several different crime scenes throughout the downtown area," she said. "There will be several actors that they are going to talk with who are part of the murder mystery."

Participants will have from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. to solve the crime. At the 10:30 p.m. deadline, the mystery will be revealed on the steps of the Nave Museum, and a winner will be announced. Prizes donated from area businesses will be given to the winner.

Brinegar said the Main Street Program is partnering with a company in Michigan that specializes in hosting murder mysteries. The company is in charge of building the mystery, creating clues and developing characters the participants will talk to on the streets of downtown.

Different businesses in the downtown area will be open during the Downtown Murder Mystery, including Steve-A-Reno's Rock & Roll Blues Bar, Split-Enz and Rosebud Fountain & Grill, she said.

Steve Jaschke, owner of Steve-A-Reno's, praised the Main Street Program.

"I think it's a great idea. Especially with all the work they've done downtown, I think they need to bring more people down and see how pretty it is," the bar owner said.

Jaschke said that since his bar participated in the Pub Crawl, he's seen a lot more new faces come into his bar.

"There's a lot of other things (people) can visit downtown," he said. "The square is really nice, and they can come down just for Market Days, too."



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