‘Main Street Mystery’ a real-life game of Clue

Oct 30

‘Main Street Mystery’ a real-life game of Clue

The community is invited to put its detective skills to the test as First Friday presents “Main Street Mystery” on Friday, Nov. 3.

Sure this month’s event downtown will start out as joyous as any other, but that all changes when a crime scene is discovered on the Courthouse Square. The crowds will gather to search for clues after Vicious Victor, a local newspaper theater critic, was found dead. Could the killer be a member of the theater company putting on “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”? Was it the Director, the Wealthy Backer, the Composer or the Chorus Girl? It will be First Friday revelers who must solve the crime.

In this real-life game of Clue, in partnership with Kokomo Civic Theatre, live characters will be at venues around downtown to talk with guests. By visiting participating First Friday venues, guests can examine clues and hear from suspects, and then they’ll make their guesses about the culprit and his or her murder weapon.

All 10 suspects will be played by Kokomo Civic Theatre actors. After a thorough investigation and help from First Friday guests, Detective Friday — Kokomo Police Department Capt. Kevin Summers — will arrest the perpetrator at 8 p.m. at Main and Walnut streets and then hold a press conference on the Courthouse steps to reveal the facts of the case.

Guests who collect all the clues and make a guess must have their map turned in by 8 p.m. at the information booth located at the corner of Main and Walnut streets to be eligible for the gift basket prize.

“The murder mystery is always a highly anticipated First Friday every year,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown initiatives for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “People love being part of the action, and I love the excitement from the crowd as Detective Friday makes his arrests. The jeering from the crowd shows just how into the story guests are.”

The murder mystery is just a small piece of the action for November First Friday. Other happenings include:

  • Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel will perform live at Superior V. The show starts at 9 p.m. There’s a $5 cover charge, and there will be drink and food specials.
  • Rhum Academy of Music will have WLRS in concert. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with original piano instrumentals from Jadn Simpson at 8 p.m. and Erin Scott at 8:30. There will be a freewill donation at the door to support Rhum musicians and the Rhum Legacy Scholarship Fund.
  • Kokomo Toys & Collectibles will be taken over by The Six Emperors, including Dracula.
  • Indiana University Kokomo intern Janet Meek has curated the “Social Thoughts Exhibition” at IU Kokomo Union Street Gallery, which will be on display during First Friday. The artwork on display showcase the theme of social issues by many artists in Indiana and beyond.
  • The Local BBQ food truck will be downtown serving its staple menu plus tomato soup in a bread bowl, brisket chili and homemade cheesecakes.
  • Jamie’s Soda Fountain will offer a hotdog, fries and a drink for $1.95 when guests bring a new toy for the Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program.
  • The Beauty Bar on Buckeye Street will have a hot cocoa bar, including whipped cream, candied cherries and more. While you’re there, check out the new Blend Bar where you can custom-blend your own skin care line, aromatherapy roller balls and more.
  • CASA of Howard County will have dot-to-dot and coloring pages for children and information on how you can sponsor a CASA child at Christmas. Find them in Tin Man Brewing Co.
  • Barry the Badger will be on hand at Tin Man Brewing to address the various dangers children face and talk about the Youth Safety Program.
  • St. Vincent DePaul will be getting in the holiday spirit with a Christmas display.
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