Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Lodge Resort and Murder Ink Presents "Game of Stones" Murder Mystery Weekend

February 22-24, 2019

Members of the Murder Ink acting troupe entertained about 200 attendees at the Lodge Resort and Spa in Cloudcroft, New Mexico over the weekend of February 22-24, 2019 presenting "Game of Stones" Murder Mystery. Murder Mystery attendees are avid fans of this type of entertainment and come with their lap tops and cellphones, ready to discover who the murderer(s) are to win lovely prizes.

The Lodge is a fabulous venue for this type of entertainment and it was completely sold out for this event.

"Game of Stones" character story lines was written by Jan Wafful who also directed and had an acting role in this production. Member actors in Murder Ink mostly provided their own 1600's costumes by either creating them or ordering them from costume houses. They did a phenomenal job of this, looking quite realistic in their roles.

It snowed all Friday night and some of the cast stayed at the hotel rather than trying to drive down the mountain

L to R: Ned Onyx Coal aka Joaquin Silva, Sirsi Garnet Landstar aka Andrea Garcia and Stark Emerald Eddard aka JD Hilliard
L to R: Sir Jorey Peridot Montmoor aka Gabe Mauger, Joaquin, Andrea, Ron Turquoise Jarryn aka Bob Berger and JD
Andrea with Sir McCain Topaz Landstar aka Tony Calderon
Galenerys Toronadoborn Tanzanyte aka Mary Cobb
Sensa Moonstone Eddard aka Heather Evans
Petra Jade (Big Finger) Wailish aka Jan Wafful
Whoa-sha Sapphire aka Mary Cobb
L to R: Mary, Heather, Sheespyder Beryl aka Carla Kerr, JD, Andrea, Mary, Joaquin, Gabe, Jan and Tony
Jan presiding at the Sunday morning breakfast Reveal
Andrea, giving her bio
JD giving his bio
Mary giving her bio and holding her daughter, one year old Lilyah
The third place winner in solving the murders was Mary Fitzgerald of Las Cruces, NM
The second place winner in solving the murders was Kay Cepracek of Las Cruces, NM
The absolutely thrilled first place winner in solving the murders was Myles Winter of Corrales, NM with Jan in background
Back Row L to R: Lilyah and Mary, Booby Prize Winner John Young, Heather, Carla, Jan and Mary  Front Row L to R: Andrea, third prize winner Mary Fitzgerald, second prize winner Kay Cepracek and first prize winner Myles Winter
Carla in Friday night costume
Carla in cape on Friday night

This was so much fun and a fabulously professional cast that added to the success of the event. There were many compliments and good remarks made from the attendees on Sunday after breakfast. Murder Ink is looking forward to doing another one soon. Stay tuned.

This is all I have to say for now.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Red Hatters Enjoy a Game Day at the Veenpere Home

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico attended a Game Day and Luncheon hosted by members Carmen Veenpere and Jean Courtier.
Sometimes we play several games, but today we played Toss-Up, a dice game brought to our attention by member Alice Evans. We were able to get through one full game before we broke for lunch consisting of salad, pizza, freshly baked bread brought by Karen Townsend and a lovely fruit bread. Dessert was chocolate coconut cookies and brownies provided by Jean along with tea and coffee.

As Darla Shelley is moving away to Yucca, Arizona, we presented her with a lovely red handbag/carry-all, a card signed by all and sang "For She's a Jolly Good Sister" to bid her farewell. We are hopeful that she will find a new chapter in Yucca or nearby. She will be missed.

The winner of the first game was Darla Shelley and of the second game was Carmen Veenpere. We truly paid homage to our #POWERofFUN hashtag.

Darla Shelley and Trudy Reese
Our Royal Scribble Gail Swineford and Nancy Brooks
Jean Courtier, one of our hostesses
Carmen Veenpere, the other hostess
Karen Townsend
L to R: Karen, Trudy and Nancy
L to R: Margie Purcella, Vice Queen Alice Evans and Gail
Pink Hatter Alice Cuevas conversing with Margie
L to R: Trudy, Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr and Nancy
We hope to see everyone next month on March 15-16, 2019 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the joint chapters Red Hat Western Funvention there.

This is all I have to say for now.