Admission to the Cogs & Corsets festival is FREE TO EVERYONE with many of the events, contests, and workshops open to the public. Premium Event tickets for activities such as Dine with the Dead are available to purchase while supplies last.


The Great Airship Race Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, June 3 – Doors open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Murder at 7:00 pm

At the Epiphany Farms Restaurant – the Bell Tower room 

Tickets are $57

It’s 1898, and the Great Airship Race has started with competitors flying westward towards the finish line in San Francisco and a $50,000 purse. But when the captain of the front runner and her wealthy benefactor are found poisoned – while in midair – murder is the only answer. The race has been halted and all the competitors have been called together to investigate this heinous crime. Can you figure out who-done-it?

Cogs & Corsets and the St. Louis Mystery Company invite you to the Great Airship Race Murder Mystery. You’ll be dining in the Bell Tower room of the Epiphany Farm Restaurant while you try to detect which character is trying to get away with murder.

Dinner includes your choice of roast chicken or beef bulgogi, salad, vegetable, mashed potatoes and a soft drink. There will be a cash bar. The Bell Tower room is on the second floor and no elevator is available.

Thank you to our sponsors: the Jan Elfline and Drake Zimmerman Fund at the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

Tickets can only be purchased online and must be purchased by May 27, 2022.


Dine with the Dead: Cemetery Customs and Traditions of Days Gone By

Back by popular demand! Enjoying a picnic in a cemetery was not always a taboo activity. Quite the contrary—a graveside lunch was a leisure activity for many. People often dined while visiting their dearly departed, and city residents regularly took advantage of cemeteries for strolls and carriage rides too. Beginning in the mid-1800s, cemeteries expanded beyond the confines of churchyards filled with foreboding monuments that reminded us to fear death and not to sin, and evolved into attractive gardens located outside of cities designed with relaxation and reflection in mind.

In the spirit (pun intended) of the age, enjoy a picnic lunch on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery (one of Bloomington’s oldest cemeteries) and embark on a one-hour guided tour to learn about funerary customs of the Victorian-era, explore the types of monuments that populate the cemetery, and hear stories of some of the McLean County citizens who reside there. Candace Summers, Director of Community Education at the McLean County Museum of History, will facilitate the tour. Come experience how cemetery life is for the living!

$25 Tickets includes tour, lunch, beverages. Please reply to an email that will be sent to you containing your ticket with your choice of box lunch.

Three box lunch choices:

  • Turkey Club on Sourdough bread
  • Chicken Salad on 12 grain bread
  • House salad loaded with veggies (vegetarian option) with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Each lunch comes with chips, a sugar cookie and old fashioned lemonade/bottled water. All lunches are provided by Shannon’s Café Downtown.

Thanks to our sponsors – The Painted Wraith Curiosity Shoppe in downtown Bloomington, IL and the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Tickets can only be purchased online and must be purchased by May 27, 2022.


The Tea Room

Featuring the Tea Lady

Sponsored in part by Bloomington Spiceworks 

At the Eaton Studio & Gallery – 411 N Center St, Bloomington

Enjoy the delicious teas of the Bloomington Spiceworks while sitting among the art of Herb Eaton. It’s a place to converse, rest for a while and meet new friends. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The $10 admission gives you a full access pass to the tea room to visit any time while it is open. Tea room hours are Friday 4 pm-8 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.