Campbell’s Lane Farm to host food bank fundraiser

Campbell’s Lane Farm will host the mystery dinner theater play “D-Taned: A Wild West Bank Robbery” on Sept. 20, 21 and 22. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Pictured with Pogo the Donkey are, from left, Alan Smith, who plays the sheriff in the play; Anne Altvater, owner of Campbell’s Lane Farm; playwright Nicki Swann; and Amy Cawley, Farm to Food Bank coordinator for the Maryland Food Bank.

PRESTON — Everyone will be a suspect at the mystery dinner theater hosted by Campbell’s Lane Farm this weekend. The fundraiser for the Maryland Food Bank will feature the original play “D-Taned: A Wild West Bank Robbery.”

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21, guests may arrive at 5:45 p.m.; the buffet will open at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the farm will open at 1:45 p.m., with the buffet at 2 p.m. at the show at 3.

Performances will be held on Friday, September 20, Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22 at Campbell’s Lane Farm, located at 22862 Dover Bridge Road in Preston, Maryland. On Friday and Saturday guests are welcome to arrive at 5:45pm; the buffet opens at 6pm and the show begins at 7pm. On Sunday the farm opens at 1:45pm with the buffet at 2pm and show at 3pm.

Anne Altvater, owner of Campbell’s Lane Farm, is the host of this event. The farm’s services have expanded to include programs focused on innovative leader development, team building, equine therapy, and events for people of all ages.

“I grew up in an Eastern Shore farm family that valued creativity, community service and education,” Altvater, a member of the Talbot County 4-H Fair board and of the Shore Leadership board and executive committee, said. “My parents and grandparents taught me that giving back to our community was the best way to use my talents.”

“When a local farmer introduced me to Amy Cawley, the Farm to Food Bank coordinator for the Maryland Food Bank, I knew that I wanted to do something to support this nonprofit organization that does so much good in our community,” Altvater said. “One of the Campbell’s Lane Farm riding instructors, Nicki Swann, is a creative genius. I knew she had experience writing plays. Together ,we came up with the idea to host a mystery dinner theater fundraiser at Campbell’s Lane Farm. This seemed like a fun way to introduce people to our farm and raise some money for the Maryland Food Bank.”

The Maryland Food Bank’s Farm to Food Bank Program works with more than 50 farm partners to supply fresh, local produce to communities in need through field gleanings, donations and contract growing. Last year, the food bank distributed nearly 3 million pounds of produce through the Farm to Food Bank Program, ensuring food-insecure Marylanders all across the state have access to high quality, nutritious food.

“There are many ways to support your neighbors in need, and Anne’s unique idea to raise money for our organization is a great example of what it means to be a good community partner,” said Amy Cawley, Farm to Food Bank coordinator.

“D-Taned: A Wild West Bank Robbery” takes place in 1890 in an older western town similar to Preston. Local actors cast in leading roles include Alan Smith as the sheriff and Jackie Kinney as Scarlett. Pogo the Donkey, a favorite at Campbell’s Lane Farm, stars as D-Tane, the deputy sheriff’s sidekick. Other roles will be played by guests in the audience. The audience participates in solving the mystery of who robbed the bank.

“In Nicki’s play, not everyone is who they say they are,” Altvater said. “At Campbell’s Lane Farm, we are always teaching and learning. That’s why Nicki wrote a play that turns a bad situation into a lesson. But the most important thing is for everyone to come out and be a part of the fun.”

Tickets are $75, which includes an all-you-can-eat barbeque dinner prepared by Grills on Wheels. The menu features pulled chicken and pulled pork with special sauces, coleslaw, beans, macaroni and cheese, and corn bread. An assortment of homemade pies will round out the meal. Iced tea and water will be served. Children 13 and older are welcome to this family-friendly event.

Guests will receive giveaways, and can purchase chances to win prizes and ante up donations to have their photos taken with Pogo.

Buy tickets online through the events section of the Campbell’s Lane Farm Facebook page and at Eventbrite ( Call 410-310-8033 for more information.

Campbell’s Lane Farm is at 22862 Dover Bridge Road in Preston.

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