Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 29, 2008


Below is information on a new writers newsletter, a dinner/murder mystery event, a limerick contest, and a poetry reading.

The Beanery Writers Group (in Latrobe, PA) is initiating a monthly newsletter with information on members, book reviews, most popular posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, etc. To subscribe, send an Email to with the words “Subscribe to Newsletter” in the subject line. Should you decide not to continue the subscription, there will be information on how to unsubscribe.

To discover if bachelor detective Sherlock Holmes “ties the knot” and who dies on his wedding day, and to help ID the murderer, attend LVW’s fourteenth annual fundraising event, an interactive play, “Marriage Is Murder.”

The play will be staged Saturday, April 19, at the First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 South Maple Avenue , Greensburg, PA. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; the play starts at 6:30. There is free parking in adjacent lots and on South Maple and Third Street .

The deadline for reservations is April 10. To order tickets—$30 for the public and $25 for LVW members—mail your check to LVW president Ron Shafer at 706 Melvin Drive, Greensburg , PA 15601 or call him at (724) 853-7769.

The play opens on December 31, 1899. Sherlock will inherit his grandmother’s entire estate if he marries by midnight. Unfortunately, he’s in Tibet . His brother Mycroft (who has been supporting him) has sent Watson to bring him back and has sent for his long-lost love, Irene Adler, now a widow living in America . Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty, is now a monk who will conduct the wedding. Inspector Lestrade will be the best man. Everything is set, everyone is coming, and everyone knows about it–except the bridegroom.
The murder takes place during the first act. During the second act, audience members can question the suspects. Then everyone takes a break for dinner, during which playgoers can discuss their suspicions with each other and the actors (in character). During the third act, playgoers will enjoy dessert and guess the murderer’s identity. Those who guess correctly will win prizes. Gift baskets will also be raffled off.
“Marriage Is Murder” is a fundraiser for Ligonier Valley Writers’ literary magazine, the Loyalhanna Review. Playgoers will receive copies of the latest issue. This fundraiser helps us keep programs inexpensive and even free as often as possible. Help support your local, all-volunteer literary organization. Ligonier Valley Writers is a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania . Membership is open to everyone interested in writing. For more information about any LVW events or publications, visit


The Ligonier Valley Writers is once again sponsoring the Loony Limerick Contest in conjunction with the annual fundraiser, “Marriage Is Murder.” This year, limericks can be about marriage, murder, or any combo of the two. First prize wins $25, second prize $15, and third prize $10. Each winning limerick will also be published in the Loyalhanna Review Online. Submission deadline is April 8.
Email your limericks to or submit two copies to LVW Limerick Contest, c/o Judith Gallagher, 128 Ober Rd., Stahlstown , PA 15687 .
A limerick has five lines and is usually humorous. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme; lines 3 and 4 rhyme. Last year’s winning limerick came all the way from England . It was written by Doug Harris of Stockton-on-Tees :

Spare a thought for the bear that is polar —
put the brakes on the carbon steamroller!
Having power is sure nice,
But we’re melting his ice.
Can’t we harvest a little more solar?

NOTE: Click on HOT DOG LIMERICKS to read three losing limericks entered in the 2006 limerick contest.

Poetry (& Prose) Reading
sponsored by the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop

Saturday, April 12, 2008
7:00-9:00 p.m.
at Laurel Arts located at
214 South Harrison Avenue
in Somerset, PA

Open mike readings, Door Prizes, Free refreshments

Please bring a poem or story to share.
For additional information, please contact Barbara at 814-443-9541 or E-mail

This reading is part of a poetry reading series. Other dates are June 7, 2008, August 2, 2008, and October 4, 2008

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