Murder at the Tavern: A Fundraiser and Gilded Age Whodunit


Sat, Apr 29, 2023    
12:00 am


Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel and Conference Center
503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY, 12401

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It’s 1891 and you’re invited to dine at the Half Moon Tavern in Hurley. You’ll socialize with tavern owner John Elmendorf and his wife Eliza, Governor Levi Morton and his daughter Alice will be present along with college professor Percy Longfellow. You’ll be fussed over by a loyal butler and a fortune-hunting maid. Katherine Kerry, a writer for the Kingston Weekly Freeman, observes much more than merriment and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. Whodunit and why?

Written and directed by Anika Krempl for Murder Café, various versions of her historical whodunit have enjoyed sold-out performances throughout the Hudson Valley since 2015. Anika remarked, “Mystery at the Tavern is a work of historic fiction. Although it features four historic characters, we do not represent any of them as a murderer, nor do we place a murder in the historic Elmendorf House in Hurley. Like all Murder Café productions it is rich in fact and fiction, comedy, drama and mystery.”

Along with Anika Krempl, the cast includes Murder Café owner-operator Frank Marquette, Erica Woolley, Nicole Prepeluk, Samantha Mileski, Joshuah Patriarco and Jim Keenen. Live period music will be performed by Hannah Tufano.

Staged as a dinner theater show at the Venue at the Best Western in Kingston on Saturday, April 29th at 7 pm, “Mystery at the Tavern” will include a three-course dinner, cash bar, raffles, and prizes for those who guess whodunit. Tickets are $75.00 per person, and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 845-338-2029. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Hurley Library.

Celebrating its 25th year in business, Murder Café is owned and operated by Frank and Kirsten Marquette of Rosendale, New York.