Affirmations Big Bash promises giant thrills for all

Jason A. Michael
By | 2018-01-16T06:23:18-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

ROCHESTER – There is no shortage of mysteries in Michigan. How can folks calling themselves Christian campaign to write discrimination into the state’s constitution and lie all the way to Lansing? Why does a little man named Gary Glenn hate our community so much that’s he made a career out of harassing us? Who must be elected mayor of Detroit before the city will fully enact the human rights ordinance it has had in place for decades and offer domestic partnership benefits to the city’s gay and lesbian employees? The list goes on and on.
But at long last, and thanks to the dedicated folks over at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center, our community finally has a fun mystery to solve. The community center will celebrate 16 years of service on Saturday, March 19 with their first ever mystery-themed Big Bash celebration. The “thrilling night of intrigue” will take place at the beautiful Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, which actually inspired the mystery theme.
“Our process is to get bids from a number of hotels and the Royal Park came forward with a bid that we really liked,” said Kathleen LaTosch, Affirmations’ special events director. “Every year people ask, ‘How are you going to do better than last year?’ So we decided that having it at one of the best new hotels would be a step in the right direction. When we saw the Royal Park, we found it already had rooms such as a conservatory and a library, and that led us to thoughts of a murder mystery.”
And that led Affirmations volunteer William Korsak to create a mystery spectacular enough to rival even Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” or Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.”
“He’s been involved in theatre for years and he created all the characters, the suspects and everything,” said LaTosch. “Once he created the story we started working with Stagecrafters to bring it to life.”
This ultimate who-done-it will begin at 6 p.m. and feature hors d’oeuvres, an elegantly served meal and open bar. Tickets are $135 per person, or you can upgrade to detective status for $500, which entitles a couple to an early drink in the conservatory with the chief inspector and event co-chairs David Light and Nasir Khawaja at 5 p.m.
The Royal Park is a lovely new luxury boutique hotel on the banks of Paint Creek. The hotel is a modern tribute to the elegant English manor house with Old-World attention to detail and classic design.
“It’s brand new and we look to pick something fresh and different every year,” LaTosch said. “We’ve never had the Big Bash at the same venue twice.”
As for the mystery, well, the staff at Affirmations is determined that the details of the event stay just that. For you Sherlock Holmes wanna-bes out there, LaTosch would only confirm two things: the mystery “may be” a murder and Glenn is not the victim.
“We have a lot of fun things planned for the evening,” she said. “But I don’t want to give them all away.”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.