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Murder Mystery Dinner planned at Dayton House

WORTHINGTON — Amid the garlands and greenery, ornaments and bows, the Historic Dayton House in downtown Worthington will be the site of a murder mystery dinner Friday evening.

An event coordinated by the community’s Young Professionals Network (YPN), approximately half of the 50 available tickets have already sold. Tickets, available to people of all ages, are offered for sale through the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. Those who purchase a ticket by noon on Thursday could win the opportunity to stay in one of the two Dayton House suites Friday night.

Toni Brouillet, a member of the YPN leadership team, said the evening begins with a 6 p.m. social, followed by a meal catered by River City Eatery of Windom. The menu includes a bacon cheddar stuffed pork loin, creamy red mashed potatoes, caesar salad, green beans, carrots and dinner roll.

Once the meal is completed, attendees will break into small groups that will work through a series of clues as they make their way through the 127-year-old home.

“There will be props and it’s up to you to determine if it’s important or not,” Brouillet said. “There’s definitely some tricks. It should be pretty fun.”

Attendees may get to see areas of the Dayton House they haven’t seen before, such as the attic. It will also be a good opportunity to view the suites.

“We thought it was something a little bit different,” Brouillet said of this, the YPN’s first time conducting a murder mystery dinner. It’s also the first time the group has created an event open to the general public, rather than just YPN members.

“We want to get the history of Worthington out there and show the community how much we’re involved and get some support from the community as well,” she said.

The YPN has approximately 200 members, with a 10-member leadership committee at the helm. The group is open to Individuals ages 21 and older in any profession.

“If someone is new to town and wants to meet others and learn about the community, they’re welcome,” Brouillet said.

The YPN is about forging connections and friendships, finding resources and learning about the community and doing service projects as well. It hosts a monthly Meet & Eat, and include guest speakers from the community or tours of local businesses and establishments.

Tickets for Friday’s murder mystery dinner may be purchased at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Third Ave., phone 372-2919. Ticket prices are reduced for individuals who are members of the Chamber, or who work for a business that is a member of the Chamber.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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