COLUMBIA — Columbia State Historic Parks 30th anniversary Lamplight Tours will be held Friday and Saturday.
Docents have been hard at work preparing, from decorating the town with live garland to filling the lamps with oil to rehearsing their lines.
Many hours have gone into writing the script, A Merry Mystery, so visitors will have an interactive part in the tour.
Tourists will be guided through town during the walking play as clues are provided to solve some mysterious events. Each vignette may help solve all or part of the mystery, so visitors will want to be on the lookout for hints as they walk.
The evening tour will end at the Bixel Brewery with free refreshments.
Park docents Floyd and Danette Oydegaard created the script in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Lamplight Tours using author Wilkie Collins for inspiration.
Collins wrote more than 30 novels, 60 short stories and at least 14 plays from the 1840s until the 1880s.
Tickets for the family-friendly event may be purchased by calling (209) 588-9128. Ticket prices for each performance are $22 adults, $15 ages 6 to 12, $18 seniors 62 and older, and free for children 5 and under.
Tours leave every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Columbia in the funding of interpretive and educational events and programs at Columbia State Historic Park.