The Portland Chamber of Commerce presented Denim & Diamonds, a murder mystery, written by Rita Taylor at the annual banquet on Sept. 28.
The setting was a wedding reception with "guests" preparing to be served when a shot was heard, and the groom was discovered dead. The parents of the bride encouraged everyone to just ignore the death and to enjoy the reception because they had spent a lot of money for the wedding.
While the guests were eating, the police arrived and began questioning them and members of the wedding party.
Those attending the banquet were actually playing the role of guests at the reception. They were charged with helping the police discover who killed the groom by walking around the banquet hall being sleuths as they gathered clues.
They returned with their clues and decided who they thought was the killer. The winning Super Sleuth Team was the Sumner Girls, who picked the "true" killer as Jaska Ann Donoho, mother of the bride played by Jaska Collins
Jim Donoho was named Best Actor for his role as J. R. Donoho, oil baron and father of the bride. Duke Jennings was named Best Dressed Character for his role as Duke Jennings, bounty hunter.
Best Dressed Attendee went to Mary Helen Moon dressed in denim and wearing a diamond studded tiara, which went along with the title of the play, Denim & Diamonds.
During the evening, there was a Centerpiece Auction by Wally Gilliam Realty & Auction to raise money for the chamber.