For the second year in a row, Braden Lodge has put on a Halloween fundraiser called "A Bump in the Night" and it has proven to be a definite success. The event is part dinner party and part puzzle room, set in a spooky Halloween atmosphere. Guests, who bought tickets at $30 each were treated to a 4 course pot roast dinner during which books fell off shelves, strange moaning sounds were heard, and a ghostly face pushed its way outwards from the photo of the recently departed Master. Realizing it was the ghost of the deceased Master, they communicated with the spirit to try and discover the location to the lost deed of the lodge. The ghost led them to a book with clues in it which in turn led them to the puzzle room in the lobby of the 3rd floor. There they had one hour to solve the various puzzles left behind by the departed Master which would lead them to the missing deed.
110 tickets were sold altogether which was nearly double last year's total of 60. The fundraiser made a profit totalling $2,220. $520 of it was spent to buy and install a new refrigerator for the lodge kitchen as a thank you to Arcana for letting us use the building for the event. The otther $1,700 went to pay for the scholarship fund and relief fund. By filling those holes in the budget, Braden will be able to finish in the black for the year, thereby justifying the decision made in June not to raise dues for 2017.
A Bump in the Night hopes to return for a third year in 2017, bigger and better than ever.