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Art & Culture Center of Whidbey Island

Much Ado About Murder: A Hare-raising Tail

NEW for Mystery Weekend 2016
Purchase Your Tickets & Apparel Online!

This year, in addition to buying your tickets and apparel during Mystery Weekend at the Visitor Center, you can order your tickets and apparel online and your entire order will be ready and waiting for you to pick up at WILL-CALL at the Langley Visitor Center during Mystery Weekend on Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE NOW!


Bring your notepad, your sleuthing hat, and your curiosity!

Without fail, every February someone commits a terrible crime in Langley and it’s up to YOU to figure out who-dun-it. It’s Mystery Weekend and the annual event celebrates its 32nd anniversary February 27 – 28, 2016.

This year, the seaside village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, is being invaded. Not by aliens, not even by tourists, but by ravenous rabbits! These large lepus are a mutant mix of multiple domestic rabbit breeds which escaped during the Island County Fair several years ago.  Unlike the Island’s small native brown rabbits, these bogus bunnies come in black, white, spotted, angora and short hair. Because of a few “Dutch Giant” Lepus in the mix, the non-native mutants seem to be getting bigger and more voracious with each generation. They are eating up yards and pastures, digging up lawns and sports fields, and generally wreaking havoc on the village. Opinions vary as to how to stop this plague.  Some say, “Feed them to the hungry,” while others think the fuzzy creatures need to be loved and protected.  Some plead for capture, some for capture and sterilization, and others say, “Let them roam free and frolic,” but most are in agreement that something must be done, and soon!

mystery_david_weltonThen what seems like the perfect answer to the bunny boondoggle appears in a proposal from one of Langley’s newest residents. Famed British Shakespearean actor, Sir Laurence Burton, moved to Langley to take up a position as consultant to The Island Shakespeare Festival. In keeping with his British love of all things bucolic, he purchased a forty acre farm near Honeymoon Bay.  He had no intention of farming until he learned about Langley’s lepus lament. Sir Laurence offered to establish a rabbit sanctuary on his farm.  He would pay five dollars for every mutant Langley bunny humanely captured and delivered to his Sanctuary Director. Burton promised to house the Langley Lepus for life in climate controlled hutches with large rabbit fenced pastures in which to roam.

Sir Laurence’s proposition seemed like the perfect solution to the concerns of all sides!  So how was it that, on the morning of February 26, Hagetha Kisstea’s hound Baskerville sniffed out the stiff body of the famous Shakespearean actor in a quiet alley of the village?

The police have been called, retired Detective I.B. Fuzz is again on the case, and Hagetha has her notebook out, but will that be enough to find the murderer?

Langley is again asking for all the help it can get to solve this latest in a 32-year string of late February murders in the quiet seaside village. On the weekend of February 27 & 28, 2016 you are invited to join other sleuths, interview live suspects, view the scene of the crime, read the sensational newspaper stories, gather clues, and try to identify the murderer.

Sleuths of all ages are invited to participate in the longest running Mystery Weekend in the United States. If you’re smart enough to figure out who committed this dastardly deed, you might even win yourself some prizes. Come  play along Saturday, February 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then make your way to Langley Middle School Auditorium for the big reveal at 5 p.m.


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