Fun murder mystery raises funds for Cape Shore Chorale

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 Bill Vinal, Cathy Finnegan, Helen O’Brien, Cecilia Dugan and Val Vinal strike a pose at the Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery. Bill Vinal, Cathy Finnegan, Helen O’Brien, Cecilia Dugan and Val Vinal strike a pose at the Roaring ’20s Murder Mystery.

The joint was jumpin’ when guests arrived in Roaring ’20s attire at Helen O’Brien’s “Juice Joint” to participate in a murder mystery and enjoy good food all for the benefit The Cape Shore Chorale. Ginny Coco greeted guests while Helen O’Brien, sporting a purple flapper outfit and feather boa, as owner of the Juice Joint made sure her guests had plenty to eat and drink. Kay and Bill Sundermeir arrived early to get good seats for the show. Val Vinal portrayed Helen’s daughter and was later named best dressed female for her red fringe dress and matching sequin and feather headband and boa. Bill Vinal wore a dark suit, shirt and tie and black hat as mob boss Southside Sal.  Director of the Chorale Scott Breiner, while not a member of the cast in the murder mystery, sported a black tux and different mustaches throughout the evening, as they were seven for a dollar. Scott made sure guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts he made for the party. Dolly Neilson has short blonde hair and sported trousers and suspenders on her police chief uniform. This columnist played Flirty Flapper and had lots of interaction with Mayor and Mrs. Biggs portrayed by Oliver and Claire Thies, and Mugsy Malone (Peter Jamieson). Bruce Rahn as Hal Hollywood and Pat Angarano as Gino Gin did double duty pouring wine for guests while playing their parts.

Marlene Doerr as Cindy Butt made a cute cigarette girl while Cecelia Dugan was dressed to the nines as Natalie Nemetz – Notorious Nick’s sister. I didn’t recognize Pat Ray, who wore a blonde wig over her dark hair to portray Notorious Nick’s ex-wife, Flora. While the murder mystery played out Scott Breiner sat down at the grand piano to accompany Laurie Jo Jamieson, sporting a bright pink boa, as Dina Diva when she sang “Ant’s She Sweet” and Ain’t Misbehavin”.  At that moment the lights went out in the dining room and a gunshot was heard and everyone ran to see what happened. When the lights came on Notorious Nick Nemetz (John Rose) was lying on the floor shot dead, but “who done it?” that was what P.I. Pinkerton (Beth Nardone) had to find out. While guests checked for clues and evidence to solve this mystery Barry Aishton opened his violin case that really had a violin and not a machine gun and played several numbers much to the delight of Bob Schauer and Risti Talbott, back door neighbors who just walked across the alley to the party. Helen O’Brien’s son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Maxine O’Brien stopped by to check on the progress of the murder mystery after attending Lori Huck’s surprise 50th birthday party at her parents, Joann and Lynn Thompson’s, home. 

After the private investigator completed the investigation and all the guesses were checked as to “Who Done It,’ Beth Nardone announced the person who shot Nick was Chief of Police Cameron, played by Dolly Neilson. Barbara Aishton, visiting from Georgia, was the only guest to correctly name the murderer and won a basket filled with Ocean City goodies. Prizes were also awarded to Oliver Thies – Best Male Costume as the Mayor; Val Vinal – Best Female Costume for her red fringe flapper dress and Helen O’Brien – Best Female Actress.

 I enjoyed chatting with Sue and Bob Beakley, Ginny and Herb Scheufele and Alison and Nelson Malony from Ocean City; Rita Cupani from Northfield; Theresa Williams from Wildwood Crest and Harry Clayton – Commander of the American Legion in Avalon. Helen O’Brien thanked Waldor Orchids in Linwood for supplying the beautiful orchids throughout the home she and husband, Jim, purchased in 1986.

A large crowd gathered at The Flanders to await election results for Mayor and Council after a long day at the polls. Jay and Michele Gillian were surrounded by friends, family and supporters while Bobby Fingers and his combo entertained in the Crystal Ballroom. Drew Fasy, Mike Dattilo, Aimee Schultz and Carol Heenan were at the tote board to post numbers as they were called in. Jim and I enjoyed catching up with Pat and Roy Gillian, who returned from Florida a few hours earlier to join in the celebration. Emily Gillian is looking forward to attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in the fall majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Mary Lou McDowell looked patriotic in red, white and blue. Leslie Skibo said they broke ground for her new home on Pinnacle Road today.  Rody O’Rourke looked like a breath of spring in a pale peach slack ensemble. Cathy and Joe DeMarco reminded this columnist about the Police and Fire Blue Shield Banquet. Joanne Budnick, Joyce Trofa, Anita and Bill Culp and Dave Wilson were two of many who worked the polls then stopped to party. I chatted with Mary Miles, Janie Halliday, Julie Dattilo, Lloyd Hayes and Doug Walker while watching votes being posted then Jay thanked his supporters for their hard work helping in his re-election campaign. I spotted Ann Richardson with her notebook in hand taking notes as she interviewed Jay after being declared the winner.

John Kemenosh spent long days at Jay’s Asbury Avenue Campaign

Headquarters and was on hand for the celebration. I caught up with Dottie and Bill McCrosson checking out the buffet where Third Ward Leader Larry Trulli mistook this columnist for Carol Heenan from the back as we both sported the same color red jackets and blonde hair.  I spotted Melissa Wilson resting her broken foot with soft cast on a chair. Michael Allegretto and Pete Madden after being declared winners in the Council race joined in the celebration with their wives, Lisa and Ashley, with third council winner, Keith Hartzell arriving too late for this columnist to get his picture. Winnie Piriano and JT Williams were on the dance floor as Jim and I headed home and we caught up with Judy Kolea, Sallie and Al Eachus and Gussie Hauf just arriving after a long day at the polls. 

Claire and Oliver Thies, Beth Nardone, Bruce Rahn and Pat Angarano pose at Cape Shore Chorale Murder Mystery fundraiser.  Claire and Oliver Thies, Beth Nardone, Bruce Rahn and Pat Angarano pose at Cape Shore Chorale Murder Mystery fundraiser.

John Rose, Marilyn Glenn, Dolly Neilson, Laurie Jo Jamieson and Scott Breiner enjoy murder mystery fundraiser.  John Rose, Marilyn Glenn, Dolly Neilson, Laurie Jo Jamieson and Scott Breiner enjoy murder mystery fundraiser.

 Sue and Bob Beakley, Pat Ray, Peter Jamieson, Christina Piper and Mike Frederickson show off their costumes at a murder mystery fundraiser. Sue and Bob Beakley, Pat Ray, Peter Jamieson, Christina Piper and Mike Frederickson show off their costumes at a murder mystery fundraiser.

 Nelson and Alison Malony, Barry, Marilyn and Barbara Aishton, Risti Talbott and Bob Schauer get together at Cape Shore Chorale fundraiser.

Nelson and Alison Malony, Barry, Marilyn and Barbara Aishton, Risti Talbott and Bob Schauer get together at Cape Shore Chorale fundraiser.

 Herb and Ginny Scheufele, Rita Cupani, Marlene Doerr, Theresa Williams and Harry Clayton enjoy the Chorale murder mystery fundraiser.  Herb and Ginny Scheufele, Rita Cupani, Marlene Doerr, Theresa Williams and Harry Clayton enjoy the Chorale murder mystery fundraiser.

  Bill Woods, Roy and Pat Gillian and John Kemenosh are joined by Jay Gillian’s children, Josh, Noah and Emily at an election night celebration at The Flanders. Bill Woods, Roy and Pat Gillian and John Kemenosh are joined by Jay Gillian’s children, Josh, Noah and Emily at an election night celebration at The Flanders.

 Jay and Michele Gillian (center) celebrate with Pete and Ashley Madden and Michael and Lisa Allegretto after winning election to mayor and council. Jay and Michele Gillian (center) celebrate with Pete and Ashley Madden and Michael and Lisa Allegretto after winning election to mayor and council.


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