2012 Capinne

NN Rotary Club

PO Box 108

Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Home of CAPINNÉ 2013

A Roarin' Twenties Speakeasy Mystery 

An evening spent revisiting a joyous by-gone era was very beneficial to charities and programs serving Lancaster and Northumberland counties at the 2013 CAPINNÉ Roaring 20’s Mystery Dinner sponsored by the Northern Neck Rotary Club.  Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club was turned into Plunket’s, a speakeasy in notorious Gangland, where the owner, Lou Zar, was murdered during the festivities. 


Suspects were not in short supply as many of the attendees were skillfully molded into characters in the mystery by a troupe of actors from Murder Mystery 

Maniacs from Baltimore.  More than 20 local characters, scripts in hand, supplied clues to the more than 100 attendees who tried to solve the crime.  So intense was the mystery and dedication of the amateur sleuths, that at times the expertly prepared gourmet meal of Filet Migon and stuffed Shrimp was abandoned by the search of clues.


The evening began with a social cocktail hour and silent auction during which the patrons nattily attired in the costume of the Roarin’ 20’s, were able to bid for items donated by local area businesses. 

The formal presentation of the Rotary Club’s Community Service Award was made to Paul 

Sciacchitano in recognition of his service to local charities and programs benefiting those less fortunate in the Northern Neck.  In his acceptance comments Sciacchitano reminded those gathered of St. Paul’s admonition in Galatians 6:9-10; to not stop doing good for at the proper time we will be rewarded.  Therefore, as we have opportunities let us do good.  The award is given to individuals from the area who by their efforts exemplify the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”. 

 Past winners are Joe Curry, Carroll Ashburn, Doug Monroe, Jean Nelson, Connie Deagle, Tom Gosse, Austin Roberts, Dr. Rocky Tingle, Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther, Wardell Carter, and Margaret Nost.


Carol Spengler, Scholarship Chairperson for the Northern Neck Rotary Scholarship Committee, introduced the scholarship winners from Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools for 2013.  Winners were:  Tatyanna Mitchell from Northumberland High plans to attend George Mason University majoring in Biology with the intent to be Pre-med; Nicholas Whay, Lancaster High hopes to become an author after attending William and Mary University; and Destiny Thornton, Northumberland High has her sights set on becoming a nurse at Hampton University.  Spengler called on the gathering to help the club go an extra mile by making direct contributions to the scholarship program.  In just a matter of minutes over $3500 was donated by the patrons of the event.

At the end of the evening the mystery was solved and prizes awarded to the group of detectives solving the mystery of who and why committed the gory crime.  Prizes were also awarded for the best costumes and a raffle of a garden cart full of gardening tools and liniments.


Chairman and new president of the Northern Neck Rotary Club, John Muller, pronounced the event a Roarin’ success.  Immediate past president, Rick Varnier said that it was one of the most enjoyable CAPINNÉs in the 23 year history of the event.


As accounting for the event continues it is apparent that over $15,000 will be available to distribute to charities in Lancaster and Northumberland counties.  This brings the total to more than $550,000 distributed to programs benefiting those less fortunate in the area.


The Northern Neck Rotary Club meets at Lee’s restaurant on Wednesday mornings at 

7:30 AM for Breakfast.