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Mystery Weekend on Whidbey Island
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MYSTERY WEEKEND ON WHIDBEY ISLAND

deception_pass.jpg Langley is a small, waterfront town on Whidbey Island just north of Seattle. The town is an artist's colony, about three blocks long and two blocks deep. The city limits are less then one mile square and the population is about 1,050 residents.

Langley Mystery Weekend is held on the last weekend of February. We will celebrate 18 years of Mystery Weekends with our February 23 & 24, 2002 mystery.

The Mystery Weekend is a two day interactive mystery play which takes place all over the little town. It is written by local authors and involves local actors, shop keeper, the mayor, and basically the whole town.

It is a lot of fun for the town and for participants of all ages. It started as a way for Islanders to relieve winter "rock fever" (a restlessness known in snowy areas as "cabin fever"). Locals invited their off-island friends to participate and the event has grown to be popular with visitors from throughout the region.

Participants pick up mystery play packets at the Visitor Center. Cost is $1 per entry. The packet includes a "newspaper"with stories about the "crime", photos of "suspects" involved in the mystery, a map showing the location of the scene of the crime, and locations where printed clues can be found. Participants then go around town collecting clues and interviewing the actors who are roaming the streets. After they decide who they think the "criminal" is, they submit their solution entry form back at the Visitor Center.

On Sunday evening the "detective" gathers the "suspects" on the stage of the theater and confronts the criminal. Entry forms with the correct guess are then brought forward and a drawing is held for prizes such as weekend getaways, restaurant and shop gift certificates, as well as T-shirts, games, books and other small items.

Whidbey Island and Langley are easy to reach. A spectacular bridge over the whirlpool filled waters of Deception Pass allows people to drive on to the island from the north. Ferries leave from the town of Mukilteo (just north of Seattle) for Whidbey Island every half hour from 6 AM to 9 PM and then run every hour until 1 AM. Boaters will find Langley in the shelter of Saratoga passage and Langley marina has 33 slips. Lodging packages, with one or more meals, range in price from $65 to $495 dollars per night.

For more information on this event call 360-221-5676 For lodging information call 360-221-6765




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