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FKOC will welcome winter with interactive murder mystery

FORT KENT, Maine — The annual Welcome Winter Celebration at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center will include a unique interactive party game this year for those interested in solving a mystery while enjoying food, drinks and fun.

The celebration will include the party game “Murder in the Alps.”

“(During the party) a ‘murder’ will be announced, and 20 suspects will proceed to walk around and mingle with the public, sharing information and answering questions from anyone in the crowd,” said Sylvia Dow-Harvey, FKOC board member and event organizer. “Even though only 20 people can be suspects, anyone can ask questions and make a final accusation at the end of the night. The ‘murderer’ will be revealed after a few hours of investigation, and those who guess correctly will receive a congratulatory prize.”
The Welcome Winter Celebration serves as a social event as well as membership drive for the outdoor center and anyone is welcome to attend free of charge, whether or not they are already FKOC members.

“Even though it’s a busy time of year with holiday festivities, the outdoor center always likes to start the winter season with a fun gathering to rekindle our skiing and snowshoeing friendships, and get excited about spending time in the great outdoors. Winter is too long in Maine to spend it inside and alone,” Dow-Harvey said.

Attendees are not required to participate in the mystery game or to purchase an outdoor center membership.

“A 12-month membership, which gives members access to miles of walking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails, are $30 for students, $60 for adults, and $150 for a family. Daily trail passes are also available, as well as rentals of snowshoes and nordic ski equipment,” Dow-Harvey said.

A cash bar will be available at the Welcome Winter Celebration with water, soda, wine and beer on tap from First Mile Brewing Co.

“Attendees are encouraged to bring an appetizer to share, and a friend,” Dow-Harvey said.

The FKOC also will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greater Fort Kent Ecumenical Food Pantry at the event.

“The FKOC is seeking those interested in playing the roles of suspects in the game,” Dow-Harvey said. “About a week before the event, suspects will be emailed their information (including their names and pertinent information that they’ll be expected to share when asked questions that night). Suspects can dress their part if they wish. Suspects are required to be high school-aged or older.”

Anyone interested in participating as suspects in the murder mystery should email before Friday, Nov. 16.

The Welcome Winter Celebration will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the 10th Mountain Lodge.

For more information about the Fort Kent Outdoor Center or for further information about memberships, visit the FKOC website.

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