Murder mystery dinner fundraiser planned in Milford

MILFORD – There’s a mystery afoot in Milford that only the Carlisle Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary can help solve.

They’ve invited actors from the Murder Mystery Company from Baltimore to a catered dinner in hopes of uncovering the answer to the mystery.

Crime and Pun-Ishment: A 1920s Murder Mystery Experience Saturday, Oct. 27 is open to the public for $25 per person or $45 per couple.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar available. Dinner, catered by the ladies auxiliary, will be served at 6:30 p.m. and includes chicken, parsley potatoes and string beans.

“It’s not a bad deal for dinner and a show,” Tracy Jones, an organizer for the event, said.

Guests are encouraged to add to the theme of the evening by dressing up in their best ’20s attire, Ms. Jones said, adding that there may be giveaways for those who do dress in costume.

Actors will be walking around, mingling with guests to discover clues that could help them solve the mystery at hand — Who did it?

“There’s going to be audience participation. And somebody could be the victim — or the murderer,” Ms. Jones said. “We want people to get involved, come out, support the fire department, have a good time and see what this company does. It’s going to be a blast, especially right around Halloween.”

The murder mystery evening was conjured up by the auxiliary hoping to spice up their fundraising events this year.

“Basically, we want to kind of skim away from our usual. We do dinners, wedding receptions, catering… we do quite a bit for the public. But we’re trying different things this year to go toward the like of the community to change things up instead of just bingos and stuff like that. Maybe a crowd would like to do a clue game, which is basically what we’re doing,” Ms. Jones said. “Maybe even bring a different crowd of people. Lord knows Milford is growing.”

The ladies auxiliary will still have crowd favorite events this year, like its annual craft show Sunday, Nov. 25, which Ms. Jones said already looks like it will have a banner year.

“We’re already completely booked for vendors. We’ve never been booked this quick,” she said.

Santa Claus will come to town Saturday, Dec. 1 with storytime, a movie, crafts and other fun. Admittance for children will be $5 each; adults can enter at $10 each.

The ladies auxiliary is also preparing for its annual Countdown to Christmas Calendar which offers a new winner every day in December until Christmas Eve. At $10 per ticket, entrants get 24 chances to win with a final prize of $400 cash.

“Fall, gearing up to winter, is the busiest time we have. We have so much going on with the holidays and everything,” Ms. Jones said.

“We support the men as far as what their needs are. We do some fire prevention, which means we buy the stuff and go out with the men to do fire prevention. We hand stuff out to kids, help with new apparatuses and other needs in the department. And in turn, the men help us. We try to stay very community oriented,” Ms. Jones said.

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