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Christmas party creates mystery

ALBANY, Ga. — Ah, the mysteries of the holiday season.

How does Santa circle the globe in one night? What makes reindeer fly? Why does an item go for half-price the day after you buy it?

And now, Who did it?

The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County will be delving into that last question on Dec. 20 at its annual Christmas party, which will also serve as a fundraiser for a trio of local non-profits that do good works all the year around — Lily Pad, Liberty House and the SOWEGA Council on Aging. Funds from the tickets sales, which are $100 each, will benefit those organizations in 2013.

The evening at the Education Center at Chehaw gets under way at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and wine tasting, including vintages from Still Pond Vineyards in Cuthbert. There will also be informal interrogations of some ‘suspicious” party-goers.

“We’ve hired this company out of Chicago — they’re called Get Away With Murder Inc.,” club President-elect Lance Barnes, who is in charge of club fundraising this year, said. “They’re flying down three professional actors from Chicago who’ll be doing the theater.”

The dinner mystery is from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., during which time the “crime” will be solved.

Barnes said he first proposed combining the annual club Christmas party with a mystery program a few years ago. “I’ve been to one of these in Chicago about 15 years ago now and it was great,” he said. “I kept in contact with the guy who owns the company.”

In addition to the tickets for club members, Barnes said, a total of 120 will be available for purchase by the public.

There also will be a silent auction that will generate funds for the non-profits and the club foundation’s altruistic work. “We’re still accepting donations for the silent auction,” Barnes noted.

The dinner is being catered by Kaye Blalock’s Southern Elegance Catering. The bar is being conducted through Chehaw, he said.

For information and tickets, contact Barnes at (229) 344-2795.