Solve a mystery at Rusticator Picnic

TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum will host a murder mystery picnic dinner on its grounds overlooking Seal Cove Pond and the mountains of Acadia on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m. The event is hosted in partnership with the Jesup Memorial Library.

The picnic is inspired by Mount Desert Island’s rusticators of the early 1900s, those summer visitors who fled to the “rustic” island from their luxurious homes in cities such as Boston, New York and Philadelphia to escape the heat, crowds and noise. One hundred years ago, there was a bitter war of words between these summer rusticators and the island’s year-round residents over banning cars across the island, which, in the opinion of the rusticators, were loud, dangerous and destroyed the peace. But what if this war over cars on MDI had become violent?

In its third year, the Rusticator Picnic takes a turn toward the macabre when a murder is discovered. Guests will be transported back to the early 1900s, when these “auto wars” were in full swing and tempers were hot. It will be a classic whodunit, with a broad cast of characters – from a constable to the murderer to witnesses – acting out the story, written by a local murder mystery author. It is the task of the guests to identify the killer before dessert is served.

Guests are welcome to dress in period costume, and for those who want to be fully immersed in the story, character biographies will be made available in advance of the dinner.

Tickets include a full family-style dinner, wine, beer and the museum’s signature Rusticator Rum Punch cocktail. Guests also will have the opportunity to take short rides in the museum’s antique automobiles. Rusticator Picnic wineglasses will be given to guests to take home, and additional gifts will be awarded as prizes to those who determine the killer.

Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers. Contact Raney Bench at the Seal Cove Auto Museum at 244-9242 or [email protected].

The museum is open every day from May 1 through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected].

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