Shore Es­cape Games com­ing to Grasonville

Record Observer - - Religion - By HANNAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

GRASONVILLE — Queen Anne’s County has a new at­trac­tion geared to­wards fam­i­lies and busi­nesses that want to take their out­ings to the next level. What is Shore Es­capes? The first fully in­ter­ac­tive and im­mer­sive group gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the Eastern Shore, play­ers are ‘locked’ in a room and must use logic and team­work to find their way out, de­scribes owner Keith Hutchins.

Think it sounds easy? Rid­dles, mind tricks, gad­gets and mys­ter­ies sur­round the story and im­pede your progress, while you and your part­ners at­tempt to solve the puz­zle. And last, but not least, you only have 60 min­utes to do it.

Keith Hutchins and his fi­ancee April Dan­nen­berg, both of Ch­ester, have been work­ing on get­ting this new­est at­trac­tion to Queen Anne’s County open, with the help of Kevin Baker, many of the pieces have been cus­tom made just for this ex­pe­ri­ence. “We wanted to pro­vide new en­ter­tain­ment to the area that doesn’t in­volve a bar, some­thing that can be open to all ages,” said Hutchins.

Hutchins and Dan­nen­berg are both ver y in­volved in the com­mu­nity and want to use this new ven­ture as an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and char­i­ties. They an­tic­i­pate hav­ing paint nights at this lo­ca­tion and other spe­cial events. Hutchins said this is a very giv­ing com­mu­nity, “If the com­mu­nity gives to you, why not give back to the com­mu­nity.”

There will be three es­cape rooms even­tu­ally opened. The first room to open will be the “Mur­der Room” in which par­tic­i­pants will en­gage as a crime solver or de­tec­tive. The premise be­hind this room is the 1970s as the decade of the worst serial killers in his­tory. The play­ers will en­ter the room of who they be­lieve is a serial killer; pre­tend­ing they were knocked un­con­scious and have wo­ken up locked in a “locked” room, they will have just one hour to lo­cate ev­i­dence link­ing to the crime and the mur­der weapon.

The sec­ond room to open will be the “Ch­e­sa­peake Room.” As the new as­sis­tant light­house keeper at the Thomas Point Shoal Light­house, play­ers will be­come part of this sce­nario: the Light­house Keeper has gone ashore to ob­tain sup­plies and has not re­turned yet; a warn­ing is re­ceived from the U.S Light­house Ser­vice in­di­cat­ing pos­si­ble ice move­ment on the Bay; as the sun be­gins to set, the re­treat­ing tide brings down large sheets of ice from north of the Bal­ti­more Light­house. The ice has struck the screw pile that sup­ports the Thomas Point Light with such force that it caused the light­house to shake vi­o­lently. Play­ers will have 60 min­utes to fol­low the clues, solve the puz­zles, find the spare lens and fix the light be­fore the sun sets or ships will run aground.

The third room is still un­der con­struc­tion, and Hutchins has ideas about an aban­doned hunt­ing lodge ...vis­i­tors will have to stay tuned to see what mys­tery he has up his sleeve next.

The rooms will not stay the same, said Hutchins, part of this type of ex­pe­ri­ence is cre­at­ing new chal­lenges and new puz­zles, so play­ers have some­thing to look for­ward to on their next visit.

Each room is equipped with spe­cial ef­fects, in­clud­ing lights and sounds and cam­eras to mon­i­tor in­side the room or pro­vide clues if teams truly get stuck, ex­plained Hutchins. He added, it is im­por­tant for play­ers to re­mem­ber that al­though they want the ex­pe­ri­ence to be authen­tic, at no point are they ac­tu­ally locked in­side the room.

Lock­ers will be pro­vided for valu­ables as cell phones are not per­mit­ted in­side the play­ing rooms. How­ever, self­ies are en­cour­aged for those who ac­com­plish their mis­sions.

Prices and reser­va­tions are avail­able at www.shoreescapegames. com. Shore Es­cape Games is lo­cated at 321 Sad­dler Road in Grasonville. A grand open­ing is planned for April 5.

Shore Es­cape Games, a new en­ter­tain­ment venue, will be open­ing in Grasonville in April.

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