Langley WA Celebrates with a Centennial Mystery

The beautiful “Village by the Sea” is 100 years old, and for 29 of those years, Mystery Weekend has been brightening up the last weekend in February for locals and visitors alike.  South Whidbey resident Loretta Martin does a masterful job of creating a tale of intrigue and deception that is challenging for even the most calculating sleuths but designed to be fun for the whole family.

This weekend fact, fiction and Langley history are intermingled in a saga of humor, romance, greed and, of course, murder! As told in the annually published “Langley Gazette Newspaper” that those hoping to solve the crime will receive “Langley was long thought to have elected the first all woman run city government in the U.S. (though that has recently been disputed).  What cannot be argued with is that immediately after the U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment, the women of Langley answered the “menfolks’” challenge and took over the city government.  As history tells it the women of Langley had been complaining for years about the awful conditions in the town and what they considered the mismanagement of the city government.  One day the menfolk told the ladies that, “If you think you can do a better job then try it!”  And the ladies did!”

When fictitious character Samuel Myser heard that, he decided the story of Langley’s All Woman Government would make a great basis for a revival of his favorite movie form, the rollicking western musical.  SGM Productions has come to Langley to bring this, “funny and inspiring piece of history,” to the big screen. That means locals and internationally famous celebrities have arrived to vie for roles in what promises to be a blockbuster! Unfortunately for Mr. Myser, he met an untimely demise that threatens production and the future careers of discovered, and as yet undiscovered, stars.

And so the Mystery begins.  At 9AM on Saturday morning potential sleuths will be cueing up outside the Chamber of Commerce office on Anthes Avenue to pay the entrance fee for a clue map and a copy of the ‘hot off the press’ Langley Gazette.  From there, they will set off throughout the town collecting clues and interviewing suspects who can be found around town trying to determine who the villainous perpetrator could be. At noon on Saturday, the Coroner’s Report will be read providing additional information garnered from the thorough Crime Scene Investigation performed by Langley’s coroner Guss Gruesome.

Once the weekend detectives have identified who they think is the guilty party, the name is dropped off at the chamber office anytime Saturday or Sunday before the solution is revealed in a drawing room scene at the Langley Middle School auditorium on Sunday afternoon. The perpetrator is led away in handcuffs and everyone is entered in the drawing for prizes provided by local merchants as a Thank You for participating in this annual thriller.

What a great way to spend a winter weekend on beautiful Whidbey Island!

Langley Mystery Weekend “In Cold Mud – GOLD FEVER LEADS TO MURDER”

February 25th and February 26th

The last weekend in February is rapidly approaching and once again residents of the quiet Whidbey Island town of Langley are anticipating another weekend of mystery and mayhem. A tourist’s untimely termination is never trivial in a small town – and Langley is no exception. After 28 years of February madness it’s a safe bet that Langley will be filled with a troupe of trendy, tasteful and tattered tenants and tourists trying to solve the annual offense. Rumor is that this year gold fever is in the air.

What started out as a weekend amusement for locals in what would otherwise be a slow time of year in this Village by the Sea has become, arguably, the longest running mystery production of its kind. It has been created for more than a decade now by the aptly named Looney Productions led by Loretta Martin. The Langley Chamber of Commerce organizes this fun-filled weekend, but the local merchants, restaurants and residents all get in on the act. For two days in February the population of this small town nearly triples and everyone has a good time…come rain or shine…or snow…or wind. Nothing stops this intrepid troop.

The fun kicks off at 10AM at the Langley Chamber of Commerce located at 208 Anthes Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, February 25th and 26th. Pick up a Langley Mystery Weekend Clue Map and Entry Form. It only costs $10 per person or $25 for groups of 4 to play for two days! With the once yearly edition of The Langley Gazette and a clue map in hand and you are good to go. Pick up clues, interrogate suspects and postulate your own hypothesis (or just figure out who you think dunit!)

It’s fun for all ages. Come as a single and meet new super-sleuthing friends. Bring the family or get a bunch of friends together. Whether it’s for one day or two, make use of all those CSI, NCIS and Law and Order skills acquired over years of observation. The clues are spread out all over the city and the weekend culminates on Sunday afternoon when, ala a Miss Marple drawing room solution, I.B. Fuzz calls all the suspects together and tells the assemblage whodunit.

If you’re interested in joining in the fun and feel like combining this adventure with an Island cruise, hop on the Victoria Clipper for smooth sailing from downtown Seattle to the heart of the action in Langley’s Small Boat Harbor. Usually one of the suspects will fill you in as the ship heads north to Whidbey. There is plenty of time for sleuthing, lunching and shopping before the southerly sail back to Seattle. And if you promise to keep a secret, someone will be on board to give the solution. Best of all, you do not have to be present to win one of the many prizes that are awarded for solving the mystery…or at least trying.

Wander on Whidbey this February – check out what a wonderful town Langley can be to visit…and a wonderful place to live.

The Whales Are Coming! The Whales Are Coming!

Langley, the peaceful little Village By The Sea, is enjoying its biggest visitor of the year.  Tourists come for all kinds of reasons.  These travelers – the mammoth gray whales – stop by each spring, usually arriving sometime in March, on the way from Mexico to rest up and feed on ghost shrimp before continuing onto Canada and Alaska sometime in May.  [Read more…]

Where’s that ferry going?

For three weekends in March and April the Mukilteo Ferry terminal will be closed and access to Whidbey Island will be from the Edmonds Terminal. 

Those weekends are:

Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20
Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27
Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3

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