2nd Annual Mystery Weekend

Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

It’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.

Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players Readers Theater, North County Recreation District (NCRD) and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 during the afternoon at the Hoffman Center for the Arts with a Dark and Stormy Art Show from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s a Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m.

That same evening, the Riverbend Players Readers Theater present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD auditorium in nearby Nehalem.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

Hoffman Center events include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters for 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her book “The Uninvited” at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Hoffman Center, followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was a Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations.

Recycling Bingo headlines events at CART’M during the day on Saturday, while NCRD, by popular demand, will be conducting the Live Clue experience from noon to 2 p.m. in various rooms.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library.
The Dark and Stormy Art Show continues at the Hoffman Center gallery from 11 to 3:00 p.m. also. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players Readers Theater presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Auditorium, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.