Murder Mystery Art Stroll – 2019
Friday, August 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Brandywine Valley’s favorite whodunit is back with The Mystery of “Snow White’s Family Reunion”
Meet the detective at the scene of the crime in Sycamore Alley (between La Verona and the Franklin Center) to gather clues, question murder suspects in participating downtown locations, and attempt to identify the murderer and solve the mystery. Prizes will be awarded to random winners.
- Participants of the Murder Mystery Art Stroll will pick up a map with participating locations, general suspect information, and worksheet from the detective in a location TBA
- Participants will investigate the murder by determining holes in suspect stories by using the questions, answers, and clues provided by the detective, murder suspects, and suspicious characters
- Suspects, denoted by costumes and potential murder weapons, will be stationed at various participating locations in downtown Kennett Square
- Additional suspicious characters will walk around town with clues available for purchase; proceeds benefit Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS)
- Winners will be randomly selected and awarded prizes at the end of the evening
- Participants do not have to be present at the 6:45 p.m. improvisation to participate in the mystery
- Participation is FREE, all ages welcome
- Presented by Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) and Historic Kennett Square
How the Game is played:
6:45pm: Assemble in the Sycamore Alley Walkway (next to La Verona, across the street from Farmers Market) just before 6:45pm where the Detectives will show you the body and issue instructions.
7:00pm – 8:15pm: Collect game sheets from the KATS table and interview the suspects.
8:15pm: Hand in your check-lists at the KATS table and assemble in the Genesis Walkway to hear the denouement.
You need to question most of the suspects to be sure of completing your investigation. All KATS officials will have the official KATS identification badge.
The Mystery of the Snowhite Family Reunion
Jürgen Schneeweiss arrived in the colony of New Sweden in February of 1643, five years after the Kalmar Nyckel had brought the first Swedish and Finnish setllers to the area. He had come from Stockholm aboard the Swan along with the new governor, Johan Printz. He was originally from Saxony, and had no doubt found himself in Stockholm as a result of the Thirty Years War. With large swathes of Europe devastated by the endless war, the New World held the prospect of greater opportunities than Europe at that time. Almost immediately upon arrival, Jürgen married a Finnish woman (a large portion of the population of the Colony of New Sweden were Finns from the central forests of Sweden.) Jürgen and his family managed to survive the sickness, food shortages and skirmishes with the Dutch that plagued the colony until it was finally surrendered to the Dutch in 1655 and then again later to the English with the land grant to William Penn in 1681. One of the ways that Jürgen adapted to the changing politics of the region was to first change his name to Joran Snövit, the Swedish equivalent of his German name, and then again to George Snowhite to Anglicize it.
Because of his early arrival in the New World he was able to accumulate land that was held by his family for generations. When the family began to divest itself of the Chester area properties in the mid-19th century, they accumulated a considerable fortune. To manage this fortune the various branches of the family formed the Snowwhite Family Foundation.
In the 376 years since the arrival of Jürgen Schneeweiss in North America, the 14+ generations that have come after have spread his family tree through thousands of branches and hundreds of thousands of descendants across the entire country. Many branches have managed to maintain a level of contact through an annual family reunion. This year the annual reunion is being hosted by Isaac and Rachel Wetherill on their farm outside of Kennett Square.
In advance of the Family Reunion scheduled for the weekend of August 2nd – 4th. The board of the Snowhite Family Foundation has gathered in Kennett Square. Among the board members are representatives of the Nuhainens, descended from the original Finnish settlers; the Verlegen family with their early Dutch roots; the Tokers from the early Swedes; the Italian families – Scontroso and Felice; and the Portuguese Sonolentos and Doutors; as well as the Quaker Wetherills, Swaynes, and Sharps. (Get out your Google translator apps.)
On the Friday night before the big reunion a number of those that have gathered in the area have ventured into Kennett Square for Art Stroll festivities, the shops, music, and dining. Unfortunately, tragedy has struck the family gathering for this year. At 6:30pm the body of Neve Bianca Scontroso, the board chair, was found in the Genesis Walkway. She was the apparent victim of a severe blow to the head. What secrets lie within the family histories and connections of these descendants of George Snowhite that could have caused someone to commit this brutal crime?