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Irwin Street Inn

The Irwin Street Inn will be the location of a murder mystery hosted by Habitat for Humanity Tulare/Kings Counties. 

HANFORD – There’s been a murder at the Irwin Street Inn and it’s up to you to solve it.

Habitat for Humanity of Tulare/Kings County is hosting a “whodunit” murder mystery where guests will solve a crime and catch a killer.

“Habitat not only builds homes, but we like to build communities,” said Deanna Saldana, local Habitat for Humanity Resource Development Director. “Murder mysteries like these get people together and get them talking.”

Saldana attended a staged murder mystery recently and thought it would be a great way to raise some funds while also having a fun night out.

The funds will go into building a new home in Hanford for a local family.

Set at the historic Irwin Street Inn, actors from the Kings Players community Theater company will host guests and diners – until one of them is murdered in cold blood and it’s up to the audience to interact with their “hosts” to solve the mystery.

“The Kings Players are our partners in crime,” Saldana joked. “We’re excited to see what they come up with.”

The Kings Players will only be working with a rough outline, instead improvising interactions, with each other and the audience, as well as the twists and turns leading up to the final reveal.

“It will be a lot of fun. I think the audience, or the patrons I guess they’d be called, are going to love it,” actress RaeLynn Royer said. 

The Irwin Street Inn will become a 1920s speakeasy, full of flappers, gangsters and illegal booze. Royer plays the gin joint’s cigarette girl.

Patrons are encouraged to set their wardrobes to “1920s” and dress accordingly.

The actress and director of the Kings Players’ current production of “You’re a good Man, Charlie Brown,” said that the actors involved in the murder mystery have rehearsed a bit, but the performances will mostly come off the tops of their heads.

The murderous conspiracy is all for a good cause, though. Habitat for Humanity is raising the funds for a new home for an underprivileged local family. The house will be built on the 1100 block of Kaweah Street.

No family has been chosen to move in yet and potential residents are encouraged to apply online at www.hfhtkc.org.

“We’re on the hunt for a family,” Saldana said.

Potential residents are required to have a steady income.

The nonprofit organization has already given four Kings County families new homes. One was built from the ground up and the three others were purchased after being foreclosed on.

The new home is scheduled to be completed by late this year or early 2019, Saldana said.

Each new project needs 75 percent of its funding secured before construction can begin, Saldana said.

Much of the funding and equipment for new projects will come from the organization’s ReStore, which opened in July.

Located at 415 W. Lacey Blvd., The ReStore “is a building materials thrift store that sells donated materials and supplies at a discounted price. The ReStore receives its items through donations made by retailers with discontinued merchandise, builders with unneeded material, and community members,” according to the Habitat for Humanity website.

The Hanford location opened after the success of the organization’s first location in Visalia.

The murder mystery’s game is afoot at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

Tickets are $85. Early bird discounts are available at $600 per table of eight if ordered by Nov. 8.

A meal is provided by the Irwin Street Inn.

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