Mystery And Mayhem On Menu

Your presence is requested to celebrate the wedding of Becky Giovanni and Stanley Simpson. Be forewarned – the reception promises to be something you won’t soon forget.


The fictional gathering will be the setting of an evening of mystery, mayhem and even a little Maine murder. And guests will be called upon to help solve the crime.

Once again this year, the Bar Harbor Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast Association is sponsoring its annual Murder Mystery Gourmet Dinner at the Cleftstone, this time on Saturday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

A two-day tour of area inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments also is on tap.

Will it be the jealous ex-boyfriend who is to blame? What about the father of the bride who opposed the marriage from the start? Could it be the bridesmaid who longs to be a bride? Or possibly is it the estranged uncle who has drunk away his family fortune?

As the night progresses, secrets will be revealed, motives exposed and attendees’ sleuthing skills will be put to the test. What will you say when it is your turn to finger the culprit?

The evening will include a seven-course gourmet dinner, conversation and celebration of the nuptials and the mystery.

Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods will be providing many of the supplies for the dinner. The menu includes asparagus and tomato tart, sherried portabello mushroom soup with sage cream, deconstructed Caesar salad, cod wrapped in pancetta, sorbet, beef tenderloin medallions with a mustard cognac sauce presented on a risotto cake with spring vegetables, and sables with blueberry mousse.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited to 16 people and the event often sells out early. Tickets are $70 per person. Please contact Jane Holland, innkeeper of Aysgarth Station at 288-9655 or e-mail [email protected].

All proceeds benefit Camp Beech Cliff in Mount Desert.

Inn Tour

A total of 20 inns will throw open their doors on the weekend of June 5 and 6 as part of the Bed and Breakfast Association’s charitable fund-raising efforts. The event is the perfect opportunity to tour some of the town’s finest older homes and to check out the amenities these establishments have to offer. Many of the inns will be serving tea, and the tour will provide an opportunity to meet the innkeepers. Some of the inns will be offering overnight packages.

The association has teamed up with the Downtown Merchant’s Association to offer tour-goers additional discounts and raffle prizes. The Bar Harbor Tea Company is providing tea at each B&B location, Fiore is providing oils, and Our New England is providing coffee.

The cost of a two-day ticket is $15 for adults and includes a souvenir program and a discount certificate to the Bar Harbor Tea Company.

Tours on Saturday, June 5, include: Anne’s White Columns Inn, the Atlantean Inn, the Black Friar Inn, Canterbury Cottage, Graycote Inn, Manor House Inn, Mira Monte Inn, Saltair, and the Thornhedge Inn.

On Sunday, June 6, inns open for the tour include: The Atlantean, Black Friar, Canterbury Cottage, Cleftstone Manor Inn, Coachstop Inn, Heathwood Inn, Mira Monte, the Primrose Inn, Saltair, Thornhedge and the Ullikana Inn.

The tour is now in its 11th year and provides a fund-raising opportunity for Mount Desert Island nonprofit organizations. “Over the past 10 years, we have raised approximately $12,000 for these groups,” Ms. Holland said.

Tickets are available at participating inns or at the Bar Harbor Welcome Center in Trenton.

For more information or advanced tickets, contact Kristi Losquadro, at Saltair at 288-2882 or email [email protected].

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