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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung Wednesday Jan Arts Entertainment HE MADE ME DO IT yells Karen Agnes Lord wife of Dry Gulchs local Crandall and her husband David played a very big role in The Deadly Punch mystery weekend at the Prince Solms Inn this past weekend Inside photo Billy Bob Tyler Brent Kay and Angelica Barbra laugh at some the wild thingsthat are actually coming out of their mouth The whole weekend was tremendous fun Sheriff Wes Turn Tom Traill plays his harmonica for mood music by Michael Darnall Weve all wanted to do it After we grow up and find out what we want to make of our life we cant do it any more We think we would Im talk ing about playing like were someone else This past weekend my wife Martha and I were asked to attend the Murder Mystery Weekend at the Prince Solms Inn here in New Braunfels Immediately after I was asked 1 called my wife and asked her if she would enjoy this lit tle getaway and she instantly returned my question with The weekend started off with everybody getting to the Prince Solms Inn by Friday night Everyone met as a group talked and found out who our characters were and exactly what the play was about The point really was so that the writer of the play Donna Trail could meet everyone and find out what their attitudes were and place them as their characters She knew the characters and what mental attitude needed to be placed with certain characters so that the mysterious weekend would pan out the way it was supposed to Certain characters need to be outrageous and willing to make a fool of themselves to make the weekend fun and to rile everyone else up about their own character The Friday meeting also set the mood for the plot The town was Dry Gulch The year was 1870 A new face has come into town and wants to dry it out of all alcohol Her name was Iphigenia Dryrnouth She believed that alcohol was evil and would ruin all of humanity A town meeting is to be held for all to attend questioning if Iphigenia is right and were are to vote on drying up Dry Gulch Of course she must have an enemy Trixie Tart owner of the local saloon Iphigenia has many supporting characters which include the local preacher his wife and daughter the mayors wife and a farmers daughter Trixie also had many supportersthe Sheriffwho also doubles as Trixies stud muffin the mayor of Gulch and others During the meeting we all received character descrip tions and who your enemies were and what attitude you were to display I was assigned Ira Righter the owner and editor for the local Surprise My char acter fit perfectly with what I was supposed to be doing for the weekend We were also told to think about our character and the next day at we were to show up in the evact room we were in in character for the town meeting The excitement brewed in every ones head about being someone else for a day what they were to wear and most of all letting go for just one night and playing dress up We spent the night at the Prince Solms which a beauti ful inn filled with history wonderful antiques and a teriffic staff who was ready to help at any time The next day everyone participating in the mystery woke up ate breakfast and hit the streets of New Braunfels in search of the perfect outfit to match their newly found identity My wife Martha and many of the other Mystery Weekend participants shopped the flea markets second hand shops and department stores looking for odds and ends The Comal County Senior Center let everyone who wanted to have free hand at their collection of old clothes and props This really added to the fun of pretending to be someone else The time came closer and everyone had parked them selves in front of mirrors started putting on the western wear that is so at home in Dry Gulch People started coming down the stairs about a half an hour before the beginning of the town meeting where the looks and the laughs had already begun My wife came down in a dress that looked like she stole from Mae West One of the men came down in a white rhinestone studded vest and cowboy hat Everyone was sure he had been possessed with the ghost of Elvis Presley When the whole cast had arrived the meeting started with citizens talking to the other towns people Of course as it normally is in small towns the gofsip had begun and the cast started to elaborate on their charac ters Iphigenia Drymouth of course started her lines on the evils of Trixie Tart Saloon owner extraordinaire started her defense on alcohol by offer ing the men and women drinks Billy Bob Tyler local stud was swamped with women talking to him about how she should be the one he needs to marry The Solms at least for one night was thick wrrH rreb betrayal and much malarkey as the 19 people who attended could make up No longer were they he men and women who walked in the doors of the Inr the night before they were the colorful people of Dry Gulch By the end of the night a murder took place A trial was held and of course the sheriff had locked up and accused the wrong person We also found out through the creativity of the cast that the Local Stud was actual ly gay The Town drunk was actually not drunk all the time He was just waiting for the right moment to cast out his accusations And Iphigenia Drymouth was actu ally hooked to Alkechol herself All in all it was just a great time watching to see what crazy things were going to pop up in the soap opera of Dry Gulch Everyone seemed to be having a great time watching the others let their hair down for just one night Bob and Pat Brent owners of the Prince Solms and their wonderful staff made the week end perfect for all and many of them are wanting to come back to Dry Gulch or whatever the Prince Solms might be next top At the town meeting Trixie Tart Marti Darnall gives a piece of her mind to the folks try ing to close down her Baxter Cameron Charles Odem of Beaumont fakes a great and dramatic death for the citizens of Dry Gulch He later came back as the judge in the trial You must not fall to the evils of alkeehol says Iphigenia Drymouth Lin Woodward o San Her antics prompted the town meeting of Dry Gulch where the murder occure
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