Some of the cast of the last murder mystery event at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. A new murder mystery play based on the museum's current exhibit about art and advertising will be presented July 29. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM

Time travel to MDI: 1932 Auto Museum presents murder mystery dinner

TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum will host its third annual murder mystery dinner amid its collection of elegant early 1900s automobiles on Sunday, July 29, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“The Fine Art of Murder” is an original play written by local murder mystery authors Bob and Robin Lawton. The story is based on the museum’s current exhibit, “Selling Lifestyle and Leisure: Art, Advertising and the Automobile.” The play will transport guests back to the summer of 1932 on Mount Desert Island, a time when prohibition is in effect and the tourists are thirsty. Cars are fast, bank robbers are taking the Midwest by storm and automobile ads have become big business.

“When two advertising rivals compete for the Peabody Motors account, everyone is on edge to see who will win the lucrative account,” museum representatives said. “Throw in a notorious bank robber, illegal speakeasy, and an eager press boy and the result is a cocktail for disaster. The bank robber’s girlfriend is trying to get the attention of the advertising rivals so she can become the next Fade Away girl. The bank robber is trying to get J. Edgar Hoover’s attention, so he can become the next public enemy No. 1. The owner of the speakeasy is trying to get the bank robber’s attention, so she can get a cut of his loot. And the press boy is trying to get a scoop for his paper big enough to result in a promotion.”

Tickets include a seated gourmet dinner by Chippers with four entrée options as well as wine, beer and the museum’s signature Rusticator Rum Punch cocktail. Costumes are optional, but guests are welcome to dress in 1930s speakeasy attire.

A sneak preview of the play will be available in a three-part mini-series in the style of a radio broadcast, to be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page in the weeks leading up to the event.

Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. To purchase tickets or find out more information about the event, please contact Jenna at the Seal Cove Auto Museum, 244-9242 or [email protected]


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