Allison-Antrim mystery dinner has Prohibition theme

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Greencastle’s National Hotel closed in 1920 after the 18th Amendment — the Prohibition amendment — went into effect January 16, 1920.

“A Greencastle Speakeasy During Prohibition” is Allison-Antrim Museum’s second annual mystery dinner FUNdraiser. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Gem banquet room at B Street 104 Restaurant & Pub, 104 E. Baltimore St. 

The goal is to gather clues from each of the characters and games to be the first to solve the mystery. Actors portraying the characters will be scattered throughout the room and will stay in character for the evening. After dinner, there will be time to socialize, allowing guests to gather more information to solve the mystery. Throughout the evening, Rebecca Elgin will be facilitating the storyline, which is historically based – but not true.

The 18th Amendment prohibited the manufacturing, selling and transportation of alcohol. It was ratified on Jan. 29, 1919, but went into effect Jan. 16, 1920. In Greencastle, all the hotels had bars and the eateries in town also sold alcohol. When Prohibition went into effect, all the hotel bars were shut down and, in some cases, it caused the demise of the hotels, such as the National Hotel, on the southwest corner of the square, which closed in 1920.  Prohibition ended almost 14 years later on Dec. 5, 1933.

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at Allison-Antrim Museum or online via PayPal at www.greencastlemuseum.org/mystery.html. Reservations should be made by Thursday, April 8.

The menu is baked ham, broiled lemon-dill haddock, roasted potatoes, green beans, mixed green salad with choice of two dressings, warm bread and butter, assorted desserts, iced tea and lemonade. 

For more information, visit: www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm or call 717-597-9010. 

Allison-Antrim Museum Inc., 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.