Treat Your Valentine to a Great Night Out

More than mystery will be afoot at the Northfield Arts Guild presentation of The Case of the Riverboat Rendezvous, says director Peggy Sheldon. “It will be a really fun evening, with a ‘Name That Detective’ quiz, some wonderful food, and a hilarious explanation of life in The Good Ol’ Days by Jane Greenwood, who opens the show.” Sheldon and Greenwood collaborated to explore the steamy era of the Gay 90s. The result is a comedic audience warm-up as diners prepare to watch the show.

As for the quiz, “Both the Guild and the golf club have donated prizes for winners of the detective quiz, and six people each night will win free beverage and performance vouchers, compliments of the Arts Guild and golf club,” Sheldon says.

Spoiler Alert: The show will end with a different solution each night, so don’t expect the Saturday night crowd to give anything away. Will you be able to solve the mystery? Only 100 seats per night; tickets are available at the Arts Guild office, 304 Division Street or online here.

Valentine Dinner and Show!

Riverboat inside magnifying glass Magnolia-drenched, star-filled air pulses with intrigue one steamy night aboard a floating casino. Young lovers’ plans are thwarted by a murder on board. That’s the setting for a dinner theater show at the Northfield Golf Club on Feb. 13 and 14th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Hemlock Holmes and his cast of miscreants will stroll among the diners, slyly offering clues and playing a deadly game.

Meanwhile, the audience will get into the act, too! About a dozen audience volunteers will take parts, making this promenade play both funny and surprising.                                 Valentine's Day detective

The show is being presented and co-sponsored by the Golf Club and the Northfield Arts Guild as a Guild Benefit. A four-course meal will be served before the show each night.

Peggy Sheldon, writer and director of the show, styles it a murder mystery musical comedy. “I gave the audience players all of the best jokes!” she says. “While an untimely explosion isn’t funny, the show is. Add sizzling musical numbers to the evening, and the show guarantees to deliver an evening to remember.”  Sheldon is a frequent traveler who likes to try new forms of entertainment as she visits new places.

“I saw this form of show in Charleston, South Carolina, last spring. I was given a role to read, and it was truly amazing and fun. I couldn’t wait to get back to the Guild [where Peggy is also a board member].  It is a fascinating way to stretch the art of theater.”  She adds, “They didn’t have the powerful singers that we have, though, so I believe our show is even stronger.”

The role of chanteuse will be played by veteran Guild singer and actress Michelle Drench. Her husky torch song, plus a duet with Jenn Rathsack, newcomer to the Arts Guild and recent graduate of Carleton College, will highlight the show. Peter Webb will handle the keyboards and offer up an authentic British detective. He is joined by Ray Young III as the affable captain. Jim Haas, Rhoda Van Tassel, Jim Stenglein, Shannon Caton, and Saul Melos Lira round out the cast.

Grab your best valentine; don your bustle or your top hat for an evening you won’t soon forget! Presented by R.O.A.R. Theater (That’s Rowdy Old-Tyme Actors Repertory), a troupe sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild, as a special winter fundraising event for the Guild.  Four-course Dinner and show tickets are $49.95 per person, or $89.95 per couple.

Specially-priced tickets available on online or at the gift shop.  Only 100 seats available each night, so get tickets now. Doors open both nights at 6:15 p.m. at the Northfield Golf Course, 700 Prairie Street, Northfield.  Limited tickets at the door for $59.95 each.  More information on our Special Events page.

NAG Autism and the Arts Coordinator featured in RISD Alumni Magazine

Laura Goodwin, the Autism and the Arts Coordinator and Instructor and member of the Northfield Arts Guild, was recently featured in the alumni magazine of her alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design (with an article written by fellow NAG member and local arts instructor, Karna Hauck)! Read the full article about Laura’s background in art and how the program began on page 77.

Thank you Laura for bringing this wonderful program to the NAG and all of your dedication and hard work that goes into making this program grow and thrive! We are so fortunate to have your expertise and knowledge leading this program!