Shorewood celebrating 100 years with the ‘Country Club Catastrophe’ murder mystery dinner

Submitted Photo Pictured is Shorewood Country Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Shorewood Country Club will be the scene of the crime, where a tale of murder involving multiple suspects will unfold during a scrumptious three-course dinner. The “Country Club Catastrophe” Murder Mystery Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. on April 28 with a mix and mingle followed by the performance.

The play was custom-created for Shorewood to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The script was developed by Venture Productions in partnership with Hailey Productions of California and will feature performances from talented students of SUNY Fredonia.

“We wanted to do something different that would be a lot of fun and celebrate our 100th anniversary and our history” said Susan Wells, chair of the 100th anniversary committee.

The following is excerpted from a history by Wallace Brennan, who was a former editor of the Dunkirk Evening Observer, Chamber of Commerce secretary and one of the first members of Shorewood.

“Shorewood Country Club opened for its first season with 100 members. It was a magnificent place in its beginning. The original grass seed for the fairways and greens was imported from the Netherlands. The course came about during the war years when the local steel and locomotive companies were an integral part of the war effort. Atlas Steel executives in concert with local businessmen were the driving force behind the creation of Shorewood.

“In the early years, Shorewood hosted many very prominent visitors, to include the French ambassador; Charles Boyer, the actor; Andrew Fletcher, president of the New York Central Railroad; Hilton Batcheller, president of Allegheny-Ludlum; Otis Skinner, president of True Temper; Jacqueline Logan, the actress; and others. The original Club Championship trophy was called the Joseph Van Buren trophy.”

Please join us in celebrating our centennial. An enjoyable evening is underway, but a killer has other plans. Come sleuth out the mystery of the wealthy country club owner, the spoiled conniving daughter, the illegitimate son, the crazy ex-wife, the loyal caddy and the money-hungry lifeguard. Enjoy the performance, solve the mystery and find the culprit.

Tickets are $50 and include a three-course dinner with a choice of entrees. The mix and mingle begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Reservations are required. Contact Stacey Timmerman at 366-1880 Ext. 1 or