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CTMHV recreated temperance movement for murder mystery

by Sylene Argent    

On Saturday evening, the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village (CTMHV) wound back the hands of time to the early 19th century, when the temperance movement was active, to host its annual Murder Mystery.

  The local Museum has hosted an annual Murder Mystery for many years as a fundraiser and to excite area residents, who are anticipating the Halloween season. It also gives visitors a chance to explore the homes and buildings onsite in the Heritage Village as volunteer actors portray characters in the play.

  Cassandra Marujo wrote this year’s live and interactive performance, which was titled, “The Sound of Music: A Murder Mystery.”

  In the play, the small town of Bellsville is in the middle of a dry county. Until, the mayor opens up a secret bar beneath the general store. Some of the townsfolk are upset with the new establishment. The town is shaken by the news of the death of a county inspector, who had a job of shutting down underground bars.

  The visiting sleuths then questioned each of the characters in the play, all set up in homes or buildings in the Heritage Village, to determine who the killer could be.

  Despite the cold, rainy weather, CTMHV Chairperson, Harry Bergman, was impressed with the number of individuals who still came out to attend and participate in the outdoor event.

  The CTMHV hosts a myriad of events throughout the year. The funds raised help keep the museum open to the public and support its Children’s Education Program, which provides a hands-on history lesson to thousands of area students each year.

  Tickets are still being sold for the CTMHV’s 2019 car raffle, which is a 1983 Mustang convertible. The winning ticket will be drawn at its December 31 New Year’s Eve Party. Proceeds will also continue to support the Children’s Education Program.

  For more information about the CTMHV’s events, or to learn how to become a volunteer, which are always needed, log onto 


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