2004-03-12 / Community

‘Murder At The Beach Club’ Draws Large Crowd

By Howard Schwach
‘Murder At The Beach Club’ Draws Large Crowd By Howard Schwach


Lieutenant Dolan tells the  crowd to watch out for danger, as well as loud noises.Lieutenant Dolan tells the crowd to watch out for danger, as well as loud noises.

There was a murder at the Beach Club last Friday night, as a hundred and fifty people laughed the night away.

Of course, it was not a real murder, with several actors involved in not only the crime, but in providing theater-goers with the clues to solve the murder.

And, theater it was. The theme of the evening was "Murder At The St. Patrick’s Day Parade," an apt theme for the night before the Rockaway St. Pat’s Parade.

Each of the tables of ten diners was given a paper detailing the legend of "St. Patrick and the Ring of the Red Dragon," a ring once owned by the devil and now in the hands of a latter-day miscreant. It seems that the Knights of St. Patrick’s were present to track down the ring.


The parade’s Grand Marshal, wounded in a stabbing attack.The parade’s Grand Marshal, wounded in a stabbing attack.

As a "Detective Lieu tenant Dolan, NYPD," was introducing some of the notable present at the dinner, including the Grand Marshal of the parade and an Irish Priest with a Sham rock miter, a black-clad intruder broke into the room, stabbing both the grand marshal and a diner sitting at a middle table.

The diner later died of poisoning.

Who did it?

The diners had to decide. Many locals were "rounded up and questioned" by Dolan, mostly in good and sometimes ribald fun.


What did this father have to do with the Knights of St. Patrick’s? You had to be there to find out..What did this father have to do with the Knights of St. Patrick’s? You had to be there to find out..

Eventually, diners were asked to provide their answers as to who did the deed and why. Winners were given trophies and certificates.

It was a fun night for all, a good way to spend a cold winter’s evening in Rockaway, even if a murder did take place.


Police officer Ortiz turned out to be one of the assailants.Police officer Ortiz turned out to be one of the assailants.

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