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A Bump in the Night - Murder for Ransom

It seems someone is trying to steal the holiday cheer

Join us this holiday season as we step back in time to the Christmas season of 1931 and partake in Mr. Goodfellow's annual holiday party at his West Winds mansion on the lake. Joining you for this 5 course meal are many local luminaries such as Governor Floyd Olson, Wilbur Foshay, and of course Captain Billy Fawcett and his lovely wife Annette. But these are of course troubled times and amidst the glitz and glamour, crime and danger are never as far away as we tend to think. In these days of Prohibition and financial strife, dark deeds can even penetrate a Christmas party, and it will be up to you to help resolve it!

 

So come join us at the Bakken where you can peruse the mansion and their new exhibits during the social hour. Seating this time will be at round tables of 8 or 10 people. We will have 5 courses (appetizers, salad, soup, entree, & dessert) and we always try to accommodate any dietary restrictions. And then of course at some point in the evening there will be a terrible crime perpetrated by persons unknown which must be solved. You will get a chance to hear the evidence, interview witnesses and suspects, and even solve a couple of puzzles along the way.

Saturday November 6th

Saturday November 20th

Saturday December 11th

Saturday December 18th

A Murder Mystery FAQ

What is the setting for this Murder Mystery?

This story takes place in the depths of the Great Depression in the holiday season of 1931 in Minneapolis. Politicians on the left, fighting for the desperate masses rose to power while former titans of society fell to earth. Some were doing just fine for themselves despite the economic woes and others prospered through more criminal means under Prohibition.

This is an opportunituy to dress up in historical outfits. In 1931 ladies wore anything from flapper dresses to elegant gowns. Men were perfecting the tuxedo and expanding formal dress in many new directions. Pinstripe suits were also popular. We definitely encourage people to dress up.

What food is included?

There will be a sit down five course meal served including appetizers, salad, soup, entree, and dessert. The exact menu is still to be derermined, but if you have any dietary restrictions, just let us know ahead of time and we will do our best to accommodate them.

How will the murder mystery work?  Am I a suspect?

Because of the number of people attending, not everyone will be a character and potential suspect.  Instead, you and the other guests at the party will work together as the detectives to solve the mystery that presents itself.  The various suspects and witnesses will be portrayed by actors and all you have to do is figure out what is going on.

As the mystery unfolds, you will be presented with the basic facts of the case.  The witnesses, suspects, and items you will need to interact with will be stationed in various rooms about the building. Team work may be the key here. You will have an hour or so to investigate and then we will gather back in the dining room to compare notes and see if we can deduce what happened.

How much does it cost?

It is a flat $100 per person.  That includes the mystery, appetizers/desserts, some live entertianment and a chance to see the museum exhibits. This is a fundraiser for our lodge so we certainly appreciate the support!

Is this something you might bring kids to?

In all honesty, any child under 13 would probably feel lost at this event and it wouldn't be a good value. The material will also be PG-13 with murder and adult themes involved.

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Get Tickets Here!

Saturday November 6th

Saturday November 20th

Saturday December 11th

Saturday December 18th

Tickets will be $100/person and are limited in quantity. The ticket price includes a five course meal, the murder mystery, and the chance to tour the mansion and museum.

Do I need physical tickets to get in?

No, once you buy your tickets, you should get a confirmation by email within 24 hours and another reminder in the week before the event. Once you are confirmed we add your name to our guest list. At that point all you need to do is give your name at the door to gain entry. Although in the case that there is a mistake it does help if you can show your confirmation email to be safe.

You have been invited to Mr. Goodfellow's Holiday Party...

What is parking like?

There is a parking lot that will fit most of our customers. Otherwise there is free street parking as well.

How accessible is the museum?

From the parking lot, there is a ramp leading straight to the main entrance. There is an elevator that goes up to the mansion. However there are three rooms in the mansion area that have a couple of steps and are not accessible by a wheelchair.

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How should I dress?

Will this event be affected by the Coronavirus?

Possibly. We are hoping at this point that it is largely behind us and that we can proceed as we have in the past. If you do get sick on the day of the event, we will offer you a refund (or possibly reschedule if that is an option at the time) rather than have you attend while sick. If capacity restrictions should arise at that time we will have to assess at that time whether we need to refund some people or postpone the event. People who purchased their tickets first will have priority.

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start at 6pm

Get Tickets Here!

Tickets will be $100/person and are limited in quantity. The ticket price includes a five course meal, the murder mystery, and the chance to tour the mansion and museum.
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