Totally '80s Friends Nite Out Murder Mystery Party

Library supporters are in for a righteous evening Feb. 10.

The Friends of the Lodi Library will hold its first-ever murder mystery at the happening scene of KD’s Bar and Grill, 1434 Fair St. in Lodi.

The “Totally ‘80s Friends Nite Out Murder Mystery Party” starts at 5 p.m. with drinks and a buffet. Though the menu isn’t set, event Chair Heather Holy said it will likely feature period staples like Jello, pudding and sliders. All night long, the bar will host music and dancing.

“Through the evening until KD’s closes, there’ll be door prizes, raffle prizes and other fun events,” Holy said.

The murder mystery, which is 21+, will run from 5-8 p.m. Actors will stage the murder and include guests in the investigation.

The Friends organization encourages neon, jazzercise-wear and groovy attire of all forms and will award prizes for the best 80’s outfits.

The organization is looking for local businesses to sponsor the event. Sponsors will be recognized for their contribution and receive tickets. Holy said they’re also looking for gift baskets and other prizes from local businesses for raffles and door prizes.

“The goal is for people to come to raise money for the library, but also go home with something in return,” Holy said.

The lighthearted event has some big time benefits. Friends of the Lodi Library fundraises to make up for budget gaps in the library funding, allowing the library to maintain its programming and purchase new materials.

The Friends initially scheduled the murder mystery over the summer and ended up canceling it due to a lack of sign-ups. Holy said many people were interested but had conflicts with Father’s Day weekend and other summer obligations.

This time around, the tickets are also priced cheaper than before, at $40 each. Clearly, in the dead of winter, locals just want to have a tubular time.

“We’re just looking to have a lot of fun,” Holy said. “It’s something different for Lodi.”

Tickets are available at the Friends’ website: For sponsorship information, email

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