Murder near Main: Mystery dinner theater event coming to downtown Greenfield

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GREENFIELD – One of Greenfield’s downtown restaurants will be transformed for a whodunit thriller event.

Greenfield Main Street is hosting “Best Laid Plans” – an old Hollywood mystery party at Carnegie’s A Place to Eat on April 20.

The restaurant in the basement of an old library at 100 N. State St. will be transformed into the estate of Sir Warren Peace and the audience will follow along with actors in a murder mystery party.

The event, which includes dinner and theater, is a perfect date night, girls night out or hangout with friends, said Heather Condra, executive director of Greenfield Main Street.

And tickets are already going fast.

“I was the first one to buy my ticket,” Condra said, adding that she’s excited the event will both support a local business and bring a bit of theater and arts into the downtown district.

This is the second such event. In the spring of 2022, Main Street hosted a comedic murder mystery at Bradley Hall.

Condra said this is a similar concept, only a new venue and different company to provide the acting.

 Since opening in 1999 Carnegie’s has been a staple for high-end dining from chef Ian Harrison. The business will host a murder mystery event in April. Daily Reporter file photo

The Murder Mystery Co. out of Indianapolis will portray the thriller, along with audience participation. The event is recommended for people 16 and older.

“They bring the props, they bring the whole show, everything,” Condra said. “Greenfield Main Street is definitely trying to keep with the arts theme, to work with the city of Greenfield. This is fitting in with theater and production…. It’s definitely going to be a fun date night, something different. And you don’t have to leave Greenfield in order to get a really nice meal.”

Already more than half of the 80 tickets available are sold. Condra said if it’s a success it might be an event they would bring back in the fall.

Cost of the $65 ticket pays for the entire experience – dinner and show – and Condra said if any businesses would like to sponsor the event, she is available to talk.

The show, set in the 1930s, will have the crowd trying to figure out who the murderer is before another murder happens, Condra said.

 Carnegie’s A Place to Eat will host a murder mystery dinner theater in April through Greenfield Main Street. Daily Reporter file photo

Greenfield Main Street is a non-profit organization that informs residents and visitors alike about the events, industry and attractions in the city’s downtown district. Condra took on the director position in January and is already organizing several other events. Downtown Dollars will return this spring and summer, she said, and an art workshop using coffee filters is also on the horizon. Condra suggests people follow the organization on social media like facebook.com/GreenfieldMainStreet or through its website, greenfieldmainstreet.org. The website also provides a space for people to sign up for email newsletters.

For tickets to the murder mystery event, visit greenfieldmainstreet.org/events or call 317-649-0890.