It’s time once again to dust off your detective badges, pull out your fingerprint kits and polish up your magnifying glasses: Hearts and Hands is once again planning “Board to Death: A boredom-busting mystery-solving scavenger hunt,” a  crime sleuth event for families and friends, held in the village of Akron, NY.

“Board to Death!” comes to Akron on May 21st, beginning with registration at 1:30 PM in Russell Park. The event concerns a fictional crime committed by one of a handful of shady suspects: Colonel Beryl Cerulean, a retired navy officer; Mr. Carmine Cardinale, a local butcher; Miss Olive Moss, a school teacher; Ms. Tawny Saffron, a former beauty queen; Lord Periwinkle Mulberry, a vacationer from England, and Miss Peaches Tangerine, a fruit farm operator. Participants will have to figure out who committed the crime against a local not-for-profit board member, Mr. D. Ed Ikated. They’ll also have to figure out where the crime took place and with what weapon.

Those who correctly guess the crime will be entered to win a glamping trip to The Woods at Bear Creek, 3510 Bear Creek Road in Franklinville, NY. Glamping is a word meaning “glamorous camping,” and combines all the pleasures of an outdoor environment, with none of the difficulties.  The Woods at Bear Creek trip includes a stay of two nights between Monday and Thursday for 4 people in one of 16 well-appointed cabins. Breakfast is included. Features at the resort camping facility include 1400’ zip line, an in-ground heated pool, a 20-acre lake with paddleboats, kayaks and canoes available for use, golf carts for transportation, miles of trails, basketball and tennis courts and an ATV park.  The Woods at Bear Creek is located just minutes from Ellicottville, N.Y. Winners will also receive a set of luggage and some other surprises included with their trip to add to their fun and convenience.

Participants will get clues at Akron businesses and organizations working with Hearts and Hands for the event.  Hearts and Hands thanks all their clue sites, which  include: Akron Home Town Pastry Shoppe, Akron’s House of Spirits, Akron Music Studios Inc., Akron Gifts, Akron/Newstead Library, Herm Clouse Allstate Agency, Aunt Patty’s Flower Shop, C. Dee Wright Community Center,  Natavia-Faye Lone Designs; Freeman’s Sport Shop, Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC, Guy’s Subs, Main Street Salon, Mary’s Good & Plenty, Mike & Rosie’s Country Market, Peace of Mind, Recycle This Too and Second’s Best Consignment Shop. The event’s “friendly sponsors” include Friedman and Ranzenhofer, Attorneys at Law, GEICO, and New York Life.  Other partners include Orazio’s Restaurant, which is helping to provide food for the post-sleuthing dinner, and L.L. Tillman American Legion NY Post 900, which is hosting the dinner/reveal event.

“Once again, it’s to the participants’ advantage to work with others. In that way, you’ll be able to pool your clues and have a better chance of reaching the right conclusion.  We want this event to be not only about solving the mystery, but also about meeting with friends and neighbors and enjoying the numerous things the Akron community has to offer,” said event coordinator Amanda Brylinski, Community Engagement Specialist for Hearts and Hands.

After sleuthing, participants and community members are welcome to visit Hearts and Hands’ Akron office at 50 John Street to take part in the basket raffle, featuring items from local businesses in our communities. Basket raffle tickets will be $5 per card, available at Hearts and Hands the day of the event.

The reveal dinner will be held at the conclusion of the event, with buffet service beginning at 4 PM. A skit featuring all the shady characters will be performed by Hearts and Hands community partner, the Alden Christian Theatre Society (ACTS).  Volunteer members of ACTS will act out a scene in which the suspects are interrogated to reveal which of them committed the crime. All those who came up with the correct responses (who did it, with what weapon and where) will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize.

Tickets are now available at the presale donation of $20.00 per person and include participation in the scavenger hunt and the dinner.  Tickets will be available for a $25 donation after May 3rd. Visit our website at to order tickets online. You can also call 716-406-8311 to order by mail.  Finally, you can pick up tickets in person at Hearts and Hands’ Akron office at 50 John Street every Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM until May 20th or while tickets last. Last year’s event sold out, so early purchase is recommended.

All proceeds will benefit Hearts and Hands, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide basic transportation and services to older and physically-challenged adults through a network of volunteers.  Begun in Akron in 2003, Hearts and Hands currently serves over 700 care receivers in over 25 municipalities in Western New York. Follow the Board to Death! event on Hearts and Hands Facebook and Twitter page @hnhcares.


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