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‘Evening of Mystery’ to benefit students

Every year in mid-April, the University of Jamestown presents a Dine and Bid scholarship fundraiser for its gifted students. Every year the planning committee tops the previous year with something elegant and fun for the theme. This year is no different. Some serious detective work will bring out the comedic sleuth in those attending.

“An Evening of Mystery” is at 5:30 p.m. April 12 at the University of Jamestown’s Larson Center. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with a silent and live auction.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes,” Agatha Christi’s “Poirot” and Blake Edward’s “Pink Panther’s” make up some of the comedic and mysterious characters likely to haunt the halls and help at serving tables. I can imagine some brave guests in monocles and dapper cutaways.

Dinner will be cooked by master chef Paolo Stefani, and the meal alone will be worth the cost. He and his staff work hard at making dinner something much grander than food. It’s always a visual work of art as well as a magical gustatory performance. And then you get to eat it. But food is not the only amazing event of the evening; there is entertainment and an auction.

The Larson Center will be lined with tables filled with unique items up for bid, including a winter scene done by Brock Drenth. The Jamestown College alumnus just finished a small oil painting that he said “is from his studio window … and depicts the snow-covered pastures.” Artworks (including a watercolor print that I donated) are among a wide variety of items donated for the auctions. Other unique auction items include vacation time-share, a gourmet dinner at your home for eight, and tickets to a professional sporting event.

In addition to the more “normal” auction items this year are sign pieces from the university when it was Jamestown College. Those items will become collector’s pieces and include the university’s main entrance lettering.

For more information, contact Karen Crane at or 252-3467 ext. 5512, or Tena Lawrence at or 252-3467 ext. 5415.

If anyone has an item for this column, send to Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559.