Shore Escape Games coming to Grasonville
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.