Murder mystery to unfold at Masonic Cornerstone


A party at an old mansion turns into the hunt for a killer in a murder mystery dinner opening just in time for Halloween at The Masonic Cornerstone.

“Murder at the Anonville Manor” is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the historic event center on the corner of South Washington Street and West Wabash Avenue. The dinner is being catered by Francis & Mount.

In the show, an anonymous entrepreneur has purchased and renovated the abandoned bed-and-breakfast and declared it free of paranormal activity. Guests from all over the city are invited to a grand opening dinner party where personalities clash, ending up in a whodunit.

Though all of the show’s character parts have been filled, seats are still available. Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased at themasoniccornerstone.com/upcomingevents.

The show is a fundraiser for the ongoing work to renovate the downtown landmark, which was built in the early 1900s. The show’s setting reminded organizers of the project.

“It goes right along with what we are doing,” said Kim Clark, a member of Crawfordsville Masonic Temple Foundation, the nonprofit overseeing the renovations.

Crews have finished the high-priority roof job, and work is now underway to restore the side doors on the south side of the building. An entrance will be built for the doors matching the one that was used in the early days by guests who arrived by carriage.

A north side handicap entrance is being connected to a sidewalk to improve accessibility and grants applications are being completed to finish kitchen upgrades.

The group is also raising money through noodle sales and plans are underway for the second annual Festival of Trees at Christmastime. Last year, more than 40 trees were decorated by participating corporations, businesses and supporters.

A New Year’s Eve party is also being planned with live music and food catered by Francis & Mount.

More information about the project can be found on the building’s website.


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