Shantyboat Night kicks off season for river museum

Beth Sergent

March 6, 2014

POINT PLEASANT —With the melting snow comes another sign of spring in Mason County — Shantyboat Night at the Point Pleasant River Museum.

One of the museum’s major fundraisers and first big events of the year happens April 11, but there’s a twist this year — an interactive murder mystery dinner theatre.

The Murder and Merriment Interactive Murder Mystery Theatre Troupe will perform “Dead Man’s Hand,” a story about riverboat gamblers playing the deadliest poker tournament of their lives. Dinner-goers who help solve the mystery could win a prize — one of many given out during the night.

In addition to figuring out who has their trickiest and deadliest poker hand, those who attend the event will be treated to a menu of beef brisket, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, dessert, coffee or tea and a roll.

Tickets are $25, but there are a limited amount of seats. Advanced tickets can be picked up at the river museum. Last year, Shantyboat Night sold out with people packed into the river museum to hear a night of music. This is a casual dress event.

It’s also shaping up to be another busy year for the river museum with events planned throughout 2014, including:

The annual Point Pleasant River Museum Car/Bike Show on July 12. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon, entry fee is $10. Show is from noon to 3 p.m. There will be trophies in three classes: 1984 and older vehicles, 1985 and newer, Motorcycle and Motor Bikes. Food, drink, music, awards and prize drawings. Admission is free for spectators.

Then it’s the museum’s annual Belle of Cincinnati Dinner Cruise from 6:30-9:30 p.m. July 28 at Riverfront Park. There will be entertainment, a buffet-style meal and dancing on the 2.5-hour long cruise on the Ohio River. Boat leaves the dock at Point Pleasant’s Riverfront Park at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children ages four-12.

Aug. 29-30 is the Tribute to the River at Riverfront Park, which river museum staff and volunteers organize.This event includes tow boat tours, line throwing and corn hole contests, children’s games, prizes, food and a Sternwheel Boat Parade in the Ohio River. Admission is free.

Then, on Sept. 27, it’s the return of the Dragon Boat Festival at Krodel Park Lake, organized by the river museum staff and volunteers. Last year’s event was a huge success for the river museum. Trophies will be awarded for the race winners. Food vendors will be set up, along with inflatables and games for children. Come early for closer parking, tram will be available for those who need transported from distance parking. If you would like to enter a team or become a member of a racing team, contact the Point Pleasant River Museum at (304) 674-0144

For more information on these events, call the river museum or visit its website at The museum can also be found on Facebook.