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After Deadline: Theater-goers get to become Sherlock

As part of the Commonweal Theatre's production of "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," audience members are asked to identify some of the actors who have played Holmes.

Think you can sleuth as well as Sherlock Holmes? The Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro is giving you a chance to prove it.

The Commonweal opened a new production, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," during the weekend. As a tie-in to Holmes and his ability to solve puzzles, the Commonweal is offering audience members a chance to work on brain-twisters in the theater's lounge before the play and during intermission.

On one wall of the lounge, there are 12 framed photographs of some of the actors who have played Sherlock Holmes in movie and television productions over the years. Match the names with the photos and you could win a prize. Care to brush up on Sherlock actors before attending the show? Well, the list starts with Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch and includes Jeremy Brett and Michael Caine. As for the rest, put your deerstalker cap on and go to work.

The Commonweal is also offering a riddle to be solved involving next season's shows. Figure out what the clues add up to and you could win season tickets.

Finally, kids aren't being left out of the fun. A kid-friendly puzzle sheet is available at the ticket office.


"Sherlock Holmes" will be presented through Oct. 28 at the Commonweal.

— Tom Weber

Who's behind Door No. 3?

Don DeCramer, who's enjoying life as former chairman of the building committee that produced the new Lourdes High School, showed me and a few others around the place last week.

As you know if you've had a chance to look around, it's an amazing building, from the stained glass and limestone to the luxurious theater and flexible lab space, and it's people such as DeCramer who worked for years to make it happen.

Also deserving special thanks: Whoever had to haul the roughly 700 trophies from the old school to the new.

Some of the key people in the Lourdes community have their names on major areas of the campus. The academic wing, in the center as you approach the school, is named for the Lourdes Foundation, and the chapel is named for the Sisters of Saint Francis. To the right is the Athletic Building, named for longtime coaching legend Joe Mayer by an anonymous donor, and to the left is the Remick Family Fine Arts Building, named for Jack and Mary Ann Remick, major Lourdes donors and fundraising leaders.

Don identified one other well-known couple who will have their names on the gymnasium, but then realized that news wasn't quite ready for release. For now, I'll just say there are some incredibly generous people who made this $34 million building happen.


— Jay Furst

Greasy gulch goodbye

Come Rochesterfest time, the Post-Bulletin Co. building holds a strategic position directly adjacent to the line of food vendors along Second Avenue Southeast.

It makes for a magical week. As noon approaches, P-Bers discuss the artery-clogging fare we'll feast upon that day — fish and chips, perhaps, or fried jalapeno-stuffed green olives, or the perennial favorite, garlic-flavored cheese curds.

But today Rochesterfest is over, the food trucks have moved along to the next event and P-B employees have returned to more drab, if healthful, lunches.

But as we munch on our peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, in the back of our minds we know that for a week again next June, deep-fried heaven again will be right outside our door.

— Mike Klein



After Deadline is a weekly column of notes and quotes that didn't make it into news stories last week. Send tips and comments to furst@postbulletin.com.

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