So what do mystery lovers do on their days off? They drink wine and solve crimes! Recently, I attended a murder mystery dinner show at Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery. If you haven’t been to Calico Skies,
and you live in or are traveling to northwest Iowa, you should plan a visit this summer. A forty-minute drive southeast of Sioux Falls, SD, Calico Skies is a beautiful winery set up high on a hill. Their wine is delightful, and although I usually prefer reds, their Frontenac Gris is one of my favorites. Besides wine tasting, they host a multitude of other events, including weddings and parties.
On the night I went, they were hosting a mystery dinner show by Upstage Productions called Mayberry R.I.P. The price of the ticket was $45 and included an appetizer, main course, and dessert. The show was hilarious, and dinner guests played minor roles in the comedy. Before the performance, the actors asked guests if they would like to read a small part when prompted. If you’re like me and unsure about “acting” on the fly, especially after a few glasses of wine, don’t worry! Two actors performed the majority of the script, so any audience member’s part was minimal. The show was divided among food courses, and as we enjoyed our meal, the actors revealed clues to the murder of the mayor of Mayberry. Before the actors disclosed the murderer, audience members made educated guesses whodunit for a chance to win a prize. On the night we went, the prize was a bottle of Calico Skies wine. After dessert, the actors revealed the murderer and a winner.
Another mystery dinner theater show will take place on July 22 called You’ve Been Murdered Charlie Brown. You can purchase tickets at the Calico Skies website.
Happy mystery solving!