Murder Mystery Dinner Mayhem at Old Glory Ranch happens several times a year. Although we are often known more as a wedding venue, we are having fun seeking out other ventures and creative ways to serve our clients as an event venue.
What is a Murder Mystery Dinner?
A Murder Mystery Dinner is a type of theater where audience members interact with volunteer cast members to solve a fictitious crime. Clues are gathered as suspects are interviewed by the emcee as well as questioned by other characters and members of the audience. The guests try to put the clues together throughout the dinner before the final review. To add to the fun, many people come in period dress even if they are not a suspect or witness.
The Evening’s Agenda:
- Gates Open and Guests arrive to check-in and to enjoy complimentary beverages, appetizers, and a bit of mingling.
- Dinner is served. As you enjoy the delicious meal, the crime is reviewed, suspects are introduced, and the interrogation begins.
- There is a brief intermission while dessert is served. You may mingle with the characters and see if you can glean any extra information. Top-notch detectives are on the watch throughout the night!
There are often a few casualties along the way, but always in fun!
- The plot thickens as the last of the suspects are questioned and the clues are revealed. Guests have a chance to confer with one another and then submit their guesses of who they think committed the crime before the guilty party can get away.
- The Big Reveal and apprehension of the “murderer” at the end!
After much laughter and shenanigans, the night draws to its inevitable end. We hope that you can join us to experience your own Murder Mystery Dinner Mayhem in the near future!
Check out “Murder Most English” on July 27th &
Old Glory Ranch’s latest “Antique Truck” addition allows us to continue the bridal tradition of something old and something new. Our 1954 International Harvester R112 purchased originally by a farmer living outside St Louis was once a farm truck. I am quite sure it did not have an inkling of what the future might bring. It has now become a treasured vehicle at our Texas Hill Country venue, Old Glory Ranch, in Wimberley
Interesting facts about our Antique Truck:
- Bryce Engelhart purchased the truck in December 1985 for $3600.
- In the first four years, Bryce drove the truck 100,000 miles around the United States.
- It visited Steamboat Springs, Las Vegas, California, and all over Texas as well as the Midwest.
- The truck has attracted a lot of attention and has been well photographed and has even received a few movie offers.
- Bryce purchased tires for the truck in 1990 for $95 each and they lasted for 27 years. They had to finally be replaced in 2017 for $265 each.
- The truck was once maroon and at one time lay in pieces before becoming transformed into today’s version.
- Many adventures and memories made before Bryce finally made Wimberley his home in 1994.
The truck then became a popular departure vehicle for our newlyweds at Old Glory Ranch and as even helped a bride reach her ceremony at the Wedding Deck.
One of our most beautiful and popular departures involve the Antique Truck and gerbs.
Bryce recently retired to begin a new chapter in his life. He deemed Old Glory Ranch as a worthy place to leave his antique truck. We are so glad that he did so it can continue send our Old Glory Ranch couples off to their own unique adventures. We warmly welcome our new addition and look forward to all the new memories we will make together.
Unexpected Winter Wonderland in the Hill Country
Leave it to the Texas Hill Country weather to provide us with winter weather in the 80s on Tuesday, December 5th, and 3 inches of snow on
Thursday night, December 7th.
Photo by Darcie Westerlund
The sudden change brought out the child in everyone as pictures of Snow Angels, snowmen, and snowball fights took over social media. Having not seen snow like this since 1985, everyone was caught up in a frenzy of disbelief and laughter as they began to enjoy every moment. The delight continued as the mesmerizing Winter Wonderland created by the snow was revealed the next morning looking less like the Wimberley they knew and more like a Norman Rockwall painting.
The change of scenery may have only lasted a short while, but all were amazed by what a difference a day can make with the help of the Texas weather.
Lights, Camera, Action … A Tasty Twist on Texas Hill Country Weddings
Over the years, Old Glory Ranch has been a stunning backdrop for hundreds of weddings, corporate picnics and team building, private parties and a variety of film and photography shoots at this picturesque Texas Hill Country Ranch. But this was the tastiest scene yet… and it was all about a sandwich! On August 31st, the captivating Chapel Hall Patio and Oak Grove were transformed into a saucy, smoke filled and buzzing film set making Old Glory Ranch the perfect location as a Texas Hill Country background for smoker pits and briskets. This is almost a sacramental scenario to a Texan!
Who knew a sandwich had so many “dressing rooms” (AKA refrigerators), so many “make-up artists” and even a bit of a “movie star attitude.” It was a glamorous sandwich indeed! It was also a delight to play host to such a “delicious group” of people at Old Glory Ranch, and we look forward to having them back soon. They even let us take part in some of the action…roll camera role!
Old Glory Ranch has recently launched a new division of their company helping to make the premier Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue more of a one-stop-shop when planning your event. Now, not only can you have a fabulous Old Glory Ranch wedding with amazing florals by their floral team, but they can also help with your printed materials as well!
When looking for the perfect set of printed material whether for your invitations, save the dates, stadium cups, RSVP cards, thank you cards, napkins, koozies, reserved signs, wedding programs, fans, GOBO monogram, and escort cards to seating charts the day of, Gloriously Inviting, has you covered. Hundreds of optional products to choose from, thousands of creative ways to make your printed materials stand out! They can even address your invitations for you taking one more stressful thing off the bride. Options include choosing from our creative Design Matrix to a completely Custom Design that can make your invitations truly one-of-a-kind. Your design is as open and creative as your imagination!
Whether you are taking advantage of having your event on the beautiful Old Glory Ranch or some other ideal location, schedule an appointment for your private consultation at 512-847-3646 or via email at [email protected], or start your order directly online by going to our Gloriously Inviting website.
Finding vendors for your Texas Hill Country wedding can be a daunting task, not to mention time consuming. Where does one even start? You may have cousin Josh who strums a pretty mean guitar that could play during your ceremony, or a friend in college that can make angelic music come from her cello. Or, remember that cool Texas Hill Country DJ you and the love of your life danced the night away to? Yes, there are those, but they may also come with a lot of unknowns. Will they be on time? Will they be dressed appropriately? Will they follow your instructions? Do you have someone who can manage all of them leaving you open to enjoy your event?
Most brides either know exactly what they want and have mentally played through their entire wedding day from beginning to end a million and one times, or there are those that have an idea but don’t know where to start, and yet others that welcome input, guidance, recommendations and all they want is to show up on their special day and enjoy it, leaving all the planning to someone else. And there are the brides who want to do everything themselves, soup to nuts, as they say. There is no right or wrong answer, but people have to be put into place to execute your event from beginning to end, period. And you probably won’t want cousin Lucy who has no experience whatsoever running the show. Weddings are never a one man/woman show, it is far too overwhelming. Especially for those brides planning a destination wedding, or those who are still going to school, or have just stepped into a new career field after college, where will all this planning time fit into their schedule?
Typically the first thing a couple secures is the venue. With that out of the way, most venues also offer either in-house catering or bartenders, wedding coordinating, bakers, or they offer preferred lists of vendors they have worked with before and trust and can guide you to your ‘vendor match made in heaven’.
Decide what is the most important to you and budget from there. For some it is the venue, others it’s the food & beverages for their family and friends, there are those who cherish the decor and flowers, while some brides say it is the dress, and yet others say it is the sanctity of the union. If you can prioritize your preferences, then consider that in the financial aspect, and you will be well on your way to mapping out your big day.
Here at Old Glory Ranch we take a lot of the guesswork out of your planning by offering an in-house experienced day-of wedding coordinator for your Chapel Hall wedding and reception, along with an experienced site manager who will handle the vendor details for your event. We also offer in-house fresh floral & decor which many of our clients have raved over saying their guests have commented on it being the most beautiful flowers they have seen at any wedding. That, and the full service we offer garner the most glowing reviews from our clients.
After you’ve selected your Groom, venue and that oh-so-perfect dress, one of the next steps is choosing your wedding cake! The options are endless and your wedding cake is not just dessert after dinner, it is tradition. But never fear, there is no rule that says you must have the same old traditional cake. Think outside the box and create a cake that expresses who you are as a couple; one that tells a story…your unique love story. It may be your favorite beer or sport; or where you are from. Your cake could represent your career path or where you went to college; You may go for something that shows your love for music, cheese, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. Some are just looking for a different texture, shape or topper.
Start brainstorming by putting together a mood/inspiration board to have on hand when talking to your chosen baker. Here at Old Glory Ranch, we have seen almost everything you could imagine, but here are some of our favorites to help get your juices flowing.
It’s finally official, Old Glory Ranch is all ‘booted’ up! Starting in 2014, the Wimberley Valley Art & Cultural Alliance [WVACA], a local non-profit organization, started a project titled “Bootiful Wimberley.” The idea was to seek out 50 sponsors who would purchase one of the 6′ tall fiberglass boots and have them painted by local artists, then displayed for the public to enjoy. It was their way to highlight the arts in Wimberley and to enhance cultural tourism. Local sponsors and artists jumped at the chance to participate with 32 boots being sponsored in phase one, and by that September they were completed and on display for the public’s enjoyment.
Phase two began in 2015 completing the goal of 50 boots around Wimberley. Old Glory Ranch was eager, as a boot was the perfect fit for the 2,200 acre ranch, a premiere Texas Hill Country wedding and event venue. Old Glory purchased the boot that was then painted by local artist and WISD school teacher, Diana Weems. Various artists were selected and paired with a sponsor to get an idea of what type of artistic design they wished to incorporate onto the 6′ boots.
Since that time a “Bootiful Wimberley Boot Trail” map has been developed to provide to locals and tourists who want to accept the challenge of a boot ‘treasure hunt’ to see all 50 ‘Bootiful’ boots! A common scene around town is to see people gathered in front of a boot taking a ‘selfie’ photo. The boots are on display 24-7 as a part of the agreement with the WVACA.
Old Glory Ranch received their Bootiful Boot earlier this Spring and officially named it “Boot Scootin’ to the Chapel”! Artist Weems incorporated stunning details that include the Blanco River, a field of bluebonnets, an old wagon wheel, the magnificent Chapel Hall, a front gate lantern, and of course, an adorable flowergirl with one of OGR’s famed miniature donkeys!
Plans to build a stand for displaying the boot at the front entrance of Old Glory Ranch was put on hold after the Memorial Weekend flood shifted their focus to Blanco river clean-up efforts as it flows through a 2 mile stretch of the property. There were a lot of Cypress trees on the property that were fatally damaged in the flood with no hopes of recovering. It was then that Old Glory Ranch owner, Suzanne McCord, had the idea to repurpose one of the felled ancient Cypress tree trunks as a stand to display the boot, giving the Ancient Bald Cypress a new ‘soleful’ purpose.
Be sure to print out a map from the Wimberley Valley Art & Cultural Alliance and stop by to see our boot located at 3633 River Road.
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