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live theater choices
overnight getaway
for couples
&
murder
mystery

group getaway
8-16 participants

Whether it's just for the two-of-you as a theater-night-out or you're looking for a group getaway activity, River House has a choice of LIVE THEATER SHOWS for couples or a MURDER MYSTERY GETAWAY WEEKEND for groups that is sure to please! Choose from an array of professional area theatre productions listed below for a memorable evening entertainment as part of your relaxing getaway...Or gather a group of friends, pick your dates, and guess who-dun-it in the comfortable Timeaway Lodge gathering room during an interactive Murder Mystery Dinner spiced with Murder-and-more for the most mysterious fun you've ever had on a group getaway.


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11052 Ventura Boulevard
Rockford - Machesney Park, IL
phone (815) 636-1884
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live
theater
choices

for couples
attend alone
or with friends
for 1-night getaway
Click for current show schedule - PEC PLAYHOUSE THEATER
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TICKETS $12 per person
Box Office (815) 239-1210

It is guest responsibility to order tickets & reserve
Preferred Lodging Choice at River House B&B.


Click for current show schedule - STARLIGHT PLAYHOUSE THEATER
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TICKETS $16 per person
Box Office (815) 921-2160

It is guest responsibility to order tickets & reserve
Preferred Lodging Choice at River House B&B.


Click for current show schedule - ARTISTS ENSEMBLE THEATER
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TICKETS $28 per person
Box Office (815) 904-2277

It is guest responsibility to order tickets & reserve
Preferred Lodging Choice at River House B&B.


Click for current show schedule - ROCKFORD COLLEGE PERFORMING ARTS
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TICKETS $10 per person
  Box Office (815) 226-4100

It is guest responsibility to order tickets & reserve
Preferred Lodging Choice at River House B&B.


Click for current show schedule - BROADWAY AT THE CORONADO THEATER
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TICKET prices vary per person
Box Office (815) 968-0595

It is guest responsibility to order tickets & reserve
Preferred Lodging Choice at River House B&B.



murder
mystery
group
package

minimum
8 participants
2-night stay

Murder Mystery photo souvenir example

$249 per each person INCLUDES tax/tip
  • 2-nights lodging (w/breakfast, double occupancy) in the TIMEAWAY LODGE
  • Meet & Greet Party (theme appropriate snack and soft beverage);
  • Character outline and script, costume suggestions, any necessary character props;
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Party (theme appropriate three course dinner);
  • Complimentary Photo Souvenir and chance for Best Actor or Best Costume award.
  • Alcoholic beverages are allowed at Murder Mystery events.  Guests are encouraged to bring or purchase locally their preferred beverage and/or snacks.
  • River House reserves the right to assign active player and inactive character roles at own discretion.Guests are encouraged to dress in character for Murder Mystery interaction on Saturday evening and are allowed ample time to visit local thrift stores for inexpensive items to complete their costume.
Minimum package requirement:   8 participants and 2-night lodging stay.
Group package may be reserved for any dates pending lodging availability.
No discount for non-participating guest or inactive companion in group.
 


sample schedule
  • Friday night meet & greet gathering as group receives game rules, weekend schedule, and CHARACTER ASSIGNMENTS;
  • Daytime Saturday for leisurely continental breakfast, to relax and get into character, with plenty of free time to explore local thrift stores for a COSTUME HUNT;
  • Saturday evening begins early with pre-dinner activity, PLAYER INTRODUCTIONS, and costume photo session;
  • Interactive MURDER MYSTERY ROUNDS are played out as each dinner course is served;
  • STORY SOLUTION ends the evening as participants vote for best costume and best actor;
  • Sunday morning enjoy a late continental breakfast, receive costume and actor awards, along with souvenir photo to take home and show off to your friends.

storyline choices

The Case of the Missing Matchmaker

Darlene Hickle has gone missing.  The fact that she rarely listened to what anyone told her did nothing to improve her matchmaking business.  Her success at miss-matching people reached its greatest height when her computer database crashed.  Darlene saw no need to tell anyone of this.  Instead she randomly matched couples based on a printout she had of their names and addresses.  And now--- it has been discovered that she has mysteriously disappeared.  She recently had her company heavily insured.  Now the insurance company has sent a private eye to investigate.  Is it murder or just a random match of broken hearts?

Murder on the Grill
The Fifties--hula hoops, hot rods, black leather jackets. It was the birth of Rock-n-Roll and backyard cookouts. The setting for this mystery is the suburban home of Tom Dooley in Kansas City, Missouri. Tom, owner of local car dealership, Honest Tom's, and master of the charcoal grill, has invited his friends and neighbors over for a barbecue and Rock-n-Roll party. A sudden thundershower sends his guests rushing into the house while Tom stays behind to finish cooking the chicken. When the squall ends a short time later, Tom's guests return outdoors to find his lifeless body lying beside the barbecue and the chicken burning to a crisp. It is a case of cold-blooded murder over a hot grill and you may be a suspect.

Fame, Money and Murder
It is a mild, yet crisp November evening in 1950 at the Cooley Ranch located just outside of Grand View, Texas in the western panhandle county of DeWitt. A murder has just occurred during an intimate gathering of friends and family to celebrate the release of Clyde Cooley's newest hit, Crazy Cause I Love You, produced by Nashville legend Hank Curly Waters. The victim is Clyde's lovely and talented wife of six years, Kitty Novak, a southern California girl who has starred in several Hollywood films, including Detour and Shame on You. Everyone is a suspect!

                The Great Chef Murder
It is 1948. Tonight we have gathered together at the Culinary Institute of America to honor the Institute's Great Chef Alan Davies who is receiving the highest award in the culinary world, The Edmond World Class Culinary Award. Unfortunately we have just received news that he was murdered this afternoon. Some of the people who are gathered have been invited; the others have forced their way in.

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RIVER HOUSE BED and BREAKFAST GETAWAY RETREAT located in ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS-- Two waterfront B&B lodges offer northern Illinois travelers luxury Jacuzzi and fireplace suites for romantic getaways as well as child friendly vacation lodging, group retreat, family reunion accommodations, or short term weekly rental. Whether romantic weekend, business stay, or entire house rental, find bed and breakfast packages: Romantic Getaway, Murder Mystery, Scrapbooking Retreat, Cooking Getaway, Weddings, Group Rentals and Furnished Apartment for extended stay. Guestbook Notes BLOG.