Newton Falls – For the superstitious, Friday the 13ths are considered both rare and unlucky. This spring, however, they are certainly neither rare, as one occurs in February and in March, nor unlucky, at least for the Newton Falls Firefighters’ Auxiliary, which is  hosting another Murder Mystery Dinner to benefit the first-responders of Station 43. In conjunction with organizers, Dark Shadow Ghost Tours, the event will take place on the second of this set of bewitching bookends, March 13th. Doors to the banquet room of Roby Lee’s open at 6 pm in Newton Falls and visitors who are brave enough to venture into the returning world of Paddy O’Malley – and his friends, family and the widow he left behind – will be treated to a delectable dinner and a show full of secrets just dying to be brought into the light.

The story picks up a year after Paddy’s death to find his grieving wife in an estate battle with his attorney and business associates, namely “Lucky” Fennighan who co-owns the pub where guests will dine for the evening. It would have been thought that Paddy’s share in the watering hole would have reasonably been left to Lucky, but anyone who’s ever had to settle a loved one’s assets in probate knows it can be quite a bit more complicated than that. According to Paddy’s will, his drinking-house dividends are, in fact, bequeathed to his long-time attorney who, it seems, has always had more than just his client’s best interests on the agenda. As if that’s not enough to stir the pot, add a slighted secretary who has been unemployed since the revelation that she did more for Paddy than just answer his phone and keep his calendar was spread around town by the scorned spouse. Rounding out this cast of characters is Lucky’s own devoted wife and son, stuck in the middle as they watch their present and future being put in jeopardy by everyone else’s decisions of the past.

Individual tickets are $45 and can be purchased online at www.DarkShadowGhostTours.com. Whole tables seating eight guests can be reserved as well for $312, which makes each ticket $39 when purchased all together. Avoid the credit card processing fee by purchasing your ticket with cash or check – call secretary/treasurer Patty at (330) 872-7641 or see any member of the Newton Falls Firefighters’ Auxiliary for details. In addition to dinner and the show, admission includes an open bar with beer, wine and pop, a souvenir photo and favor, and a chance to win door prizes or even the grand prize of a 32” LCD television for one of the most fortunate guests who solve the mystery and figure out “whodunit.” For fans of the board game Clue, this live dramatization of conspiracy and intrigue will drop partygoers into a whirlwind of murderous mayhem and keep them guessing from the first course to the toast.

If you can’t attend but would like to be a part of the experience, the hosts are inviting individuals and businesses to sponsor table placards, ad spots in the playbill or even the signposts at the entryway reserved for mentioning “super sponsors.” Contact the Auxiliary for information on how you can contribute!

As seats are expected to sell out quickly, those interested are advised to secure theirs as soon as possible. If you happen to miss out on this sure to be popular follow-up to Paddy’s parting party, the NFFA is considering making this a twice-yearly event and there’s a possibility that another sequel will be staged this fall… just in time for the final Friday the 13th of 2015 that occurs shortly after Halloween.

So come raise your glass, raise some spirits and raise funds for the Newton Falls fire department!

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In addition to her role as a contributing reporter for the Weekly Villager, Mialie T. Szymanski is the creator of the bi-weekly column “Puppy Tails”. This children’s story time column stars Doodle Dog, a floppy-eared puppy who has an optimistic perspective of the world around him. Szymanski’s picture book “Doodle Dog Enjoys the Day” chronicles a day in the life of this “paws”itive pup. The upcoming
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