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Murder Mystery Dinner - Columbia, Maryland

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia

5485 Twin Knolls Road

Columbia, MD 21045

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Murder Mystery Dinner - Columbia, Maryland
Whodunnit for Hire and the DoubleTree by Hilton have teamed up to bring you a Downton Abbey inspired 1920s theme Whodunnit Dinner Party.

2019 Dates
Thursday, February 14 *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, March 9 *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, August 3
Saturday, September 21
Saturday, October 27

6:00 Welcome Reception; 7-9 PM Mystery Dinner

Fundraising events for MPTTickets
Limited availability. Advance reservations required by the previous Sunday at midnight. Not sold at the door.

Age Requirement
August 3 must be 14+, all other dates must be 21+

Group Seating Available
Celebrate an anniversary, birthday or retirement with us! Bachelorette parties, ladies' groups, club outings and company parties welcome. Reservations using the same Party Name will be seated together.

Recommended Dress
Gangster and Flapper Attire of the 1920s
The Menu
First Course

  • Highclere Castle Garden Salad; Fresh salad greens tossed with grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes and served with our signature house made Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing

Second Course

  • Lady Mary's Marsala; (2,6oz) Mouthwatering Chicken breasts drizzled with Chef's homemade Marsala mushroom sauce and served with roasted red peppers and sautéed green beans, roasted red potatoes and fresh rolls and butter
  • Or Lord Grantham's Favourite Flank Steak; Grilled Flank Steak (6oz) marinated in rosemary, thyme and garlic and served with roasted red peppers and sautéed green beans, roasted red potatoes and fresh rolls and butter
  • Or Mr. Carson's Cod; (2, 6oz) Cod fillets, seared and blackened in Chef's homemade seasoning and presented on a bed of sautéed spinach and Chef's blended wild rice, and served with fresh rolls and butter

Third Course

  • Mrs. Patmore's Chocolate Cake; Decadent double layer chocolate cake drizzled in a rich fudge icing , delicately dusted with powdered sugar and served with a strawberry to garnish

All meals served with coffee or tea, so you won't be sleeping with the fishes on the way home.

Signature Cocktails at the Cash Bar (Prices $10-$12)

  • Bathtub Gin - Gin, Lime Juice and Seltzer
  • Flapper Fizz - Champagne, Gin, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup
  • Sidecar - Cognac, Lemon Juice and Triple Sec

Hotel Reservations
Why travel home that night? Turn this dinner into an overnight celebration. Enjoy a luxurious room, heated indoor pool, access to the on-site fitness center and more. Front Desk of the DoubleTree by Hilton 410-997-1060The Storyline
The year is 1928. Our mystery puts us inside a popular speakeasy in America hosting a special gathering for the friends and family of Downton Abbey who have travelled across the sea. The owner is excited to be celebrating her last night. She's selling the speakeasy to one of the British guests. But when the fellow winds up dead, chaos ensues. We can't call the cops until we drink all the liquor (it is illegal in America after all) so in the meantime, the Crawley's and their guests will be asked to search for clues, interrogate suspects and solve whodunnit.
The murder mystery is a comedy and will at no time have guests frightened or confused.

Participation Encouraged
This event is an interactive murder mystery game. As a guest, you will be asked to participate in the mystery, search for clues, interrogate suspects and solve whodunnit.

*What is Maryland Public Television? Maryland Public Television, which is commonly known by its familiar name "MPT", is a public television network that comprises six television stations that broadcast throughout the entire state of Maryland as well as into the District of Columbia and parts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. MPT is the only state-wide broadcaster in Maryland. MPT is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service.

*I cannot attend but want to support the organization. How can I contribute? Thank you for your generosity. Donations are accepted any time HERE.

*My friend and I want to sit together. Can we book individually? Yes. You may make separate reservations. When asked "Are you part of a larger party?" Answer "Yes." If both of you choose the same Party Name, your seats will be together.

*I'm celebrating. How can I have an entire table devoted to my party? Choose a Party Name and give it to your friends and family. Our tables seat eight people comfortably, ten is tight but can be done. Larger groups will be seated at tables next to one another. Smaller groups will be seated with other guests.

*Are there any discounts available for groups? Yes. If you purchase eight or more seats, by check in the mail, you will avoid Eventbrite ticketing and credit card fees. This must be arranged with plenty of time to confirm your entrees to the hotel (minimum two weeks in advance).

*Can I get a refund? Within eight days of the event there are no refunds. If an emergency or illness prevents you from attending you are encouraged to give your seat to a friend. Be sure you let them know what you have ordered.

*Do I have to dress up? Approximately 80% of folks will come dressed up. It is your choice. Suspenders for men and a headband for ladies would suffice. Search "1920s Costume" for ideas.

*Will I still understand and enjoy the show if I've never seen "Downton Abbey" or know anything about that series? Yes. You will understand the show and be able to solve the mystery even if you've never seen the series.

*Do I need to print my ticket? No. Save your ink. Give your name and party name at the door.

*Is there a Vegetarian (Vegan, Gluten Free, Other) option? Yes. Choose the "Dietary Concern" ticket and let us know what you need. We can accommodate most allergy concerns as well.

*I would like to turn my company party (or family reunion) into a murder mystery party at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Is that possible? Yes! The DoubleTree in Columbia can accommodate groups with between 32 and 128 guests. If you do not alter the menu we will be able to keep the price at $75/person. Call me, Wendy Olenik, and we'll arrange the date. 410-549-2722

*Do you have alternative locations? Do you have alternative storylines? Yes, click on this image for a list of murder mystery dinner options.

Whodunnit for Hire on Eventbrite*I have a question and you didn't provide an answer. My name is Wendy Olenik and I own Whodunnit for Hire. I'm happy to help. Contact me with your question at murdermysterycompany@gmail.com or 410-549-2722.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia

5485 Twin Knolls Road

Columbia, MD 21045

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