County Historical Society
to benefit from play
to be held at Smith Berry Winery
Helen E. McKinney
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (April 2010) The Henry County
Historical Society only has one major fundraiser a year. For that reason,
its a showstopper.
In the past, we havent had a theme, but were switching
it up this year, said Julie Willard, co-chairman for the historical
societys Gala Committee. The theater troupe, Random Acts, will
perform Law and Murder, a murder mystery dinner theater
The fundraiser has always been held at the Smith Berry Winery in New
Castle and has attracted 114 individuals in the past. We hope
to grow it to between 154 and 200 people this year, Willard said.
Law and Murder will be presented on May 15 with doors opening
at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the show to follow. Tickets
are $60, excluding the price of wine, and reservations must be made
Live and silent auctions will be held, and We have some great
items, including a graduated pearl necklace, a one-week trip to New
Mexico, and an antique quilt, said Henry County Historical Society
member and Henry County Extension Agent Maryellen Garrison. I
think it will be a wonderful event.
Theme baskets will also be up for auction and themes include: landscaping,
spa, lottery, sweets, mystery and farmers market. The baskets are assembled
by the Gala Committee, and a few historical society members, said Willard.
This event is semi-formal and will be held in the big barn at the winery,
so attendees may want to wear appropriate shoes, Willard said. The winery
is a nice place to have this event. We want it to be held in Henry
Random Acts is an interactive musical murder troupe based in Ohio. The
honorable, yet quirky, Judy Jerry Lawless presides over a musical spoof
of NBCs Law and Order. Audience participation is what makes this
musical so appealing.
Random Acts was founded by Lynda Whiting and David Fioritto. Tony
and Tinas Murder was recently presented by Random Acts at
Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. This troupe is proficient
in killing people and singing about it.
In the past, the Gala has raised between $8,000 and $15,000, said Gala
Committee member Tori Kleinert. Kleinerts husband, Jim, is president
of the Henry County Historical Society. The society has approximately
Most of that money went toward purchasing an 1863 house, the Caplinger
House, in New Castle. The society uses the house as a museum and genealogical
and educational resource center. Funding is needed for general maintenance
on the home, programs and upkeep of documents stored at the home.
People come from all over the country to research the societys
documents for clues to their ancestors, said Kleinert. Were
trying to establish an identity in the county, she said.
The house was built by James Nelson Caplinger, who was engaged in the
pharmacy business. It is one of three houses located in New Castle that
Caplinger built for each of his three daughters. The home has had numerous
owners over the years, including the United Methodist Church.
Members have collected living histories from community members,
Kleinert said. Such oral history information has been used to construct
a riverboat exhibit with an accompanying video. Students have visited
the Caplinger House where members hope to take old history and
pass it on to the new generation, she said.
Through providing different exhibits and programs, the Henry County
Historical Societys mission has always been to keep history
alive in any possible way, Kleinert said.
For more information or to make a reservation
for Law and Murder, call (502) 845-0999.
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