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IT WAS MAJOR JACKSON IN THE DINING
(OR WAS IT THE CHAPEL?) WITH THE BELL
as another mystery
at The Salvation Army's
Camp CONNRI is solved!
ASHFORD - When the Manchester Prime Timers
entered The Salvation Army's CONNRI Lodge and Conference Center, they found
themselves unexpectedly in the midst of a crime scene, just like a repeat
episode of Law & Order. It was the first clue to the 2012 Senior Camp's
Theme --- "MYSTERY!"
As questions swirled, the guests got settled in, with homemade pastries and
hot beverages served in special mystery mugs before the clue-hunting began.
Contestants then dressed as CLUE characters, adorned
with plum hats, mustard scarves, green ties, scarlet boas, white veils, and
peacock glasses, the standard mystery-solving attire. Mystery games were then
performance critiqued in the chapel, beneath the watchful eyes of famous
detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Clouseau, Columbo, and the infamous
Captain Collette. At the end of the morning's program, the "contestants" got to
vote for their favorite games. The top finishers in the championship play-offs
included: Missing Pieces, Pin the Pipe, Mystery Match, and Detective Snoop.
Everyone played, everyone laughed, and most importantly... everyone was a
winner, case closed!
Captain Colette Masom, Older Adult Ministry Secretary for The Salvation
Army's Southern New England Division, said, "I am ever grateful to the
Manchester Prime Timers who started the 2012 Senior Camp off with a ton of fun
and some really great enthusiasm. This was a wonderful example of everyone
really having a great time."
After lunch, it was time for B-I-N-G-O, mystery style. Even when there is a
mystery to be solved, rule number "1" clearly states, you cannot have a
seniors' event without the mandatory B-I-N-G-O game. Of course, because this
was not just any B-I-N-G-O game, all prizes were wrapped, making any winnings
yet another suspenseful adventure and a delightful surprise.
The top prize of the day were revealed by Kelley Bowin. The winner of the
"mystery mug" was unsuspecting detective Mary Garvis. Sweet Mary had
fortunately been conned, having sipped coffee from her Hearts, Diamonds,
Spades, and Clubs Mug throughout the day, unaware she had a surprise in her
hands all along. Mary took the mug home, as well as a bowl of candies and a
magnifying glass to assist in her future detective work.
The day concluded with the biggest laughs and loudest giggles of all, as
everyone reconvened back in the chapel, to debrief on the day's activities,
only to be spied by the all-seeing eye of Captain Masom's camera. The winning
photo, hands down, had to be that of Major Jackson (AKA - The Leader of the
Pack) sporting her Miss Peacock glasses, in the chapel, with the bell! As it
turns out, she is much more than just the 2012 "Employee of the Year" and DHQ