Kilby is inviting residents to experience a brush with the paranormal this October, with its second annual Dine with the Supernatural fundraiser.
“This time of year, it’s very apropos isn’t it, to get into the spirit of October,” Jo-Anne Leon, museum director at the historic site, said.
The idea for a supernatural fundraiser started last year, when members of the Vancouver Supernatural Group contacted the museum and asked to do an investigation into spiritual activity around the site.
According to group founder Jim Kolisnyk, Kilby is “a pretty active place.”
“The more we do it, the more activity we get because they’re just getting more comfortable with us,” he said.
“We got a little girl in the basement who laughed and giggled,” he added, noting that the family room was also a hot spot for activity.
Leon, who was also on hand during the investigations, also found lots to intrigue her during the investigation.
“One of the investigators was reading a book, and there was a spirit that came into the camera, if that’s what you want to call it, and recorded the ladies reading and this spirit coming into the vision of the camera,” Leon said. “I thought it was very interesting.”
During their several investigations — in which they took recordings, photos and monitored battery levels with two Kilby staff members and half a dozen supernatural group members — they found an “overwhelming” amount of activity.
“It’s a very cool place,” Kolisnyk said. “And the energy is very positive. I love it. It’s a really nice, feel-good place to be in.”
Having that sort of positive energy in a site is not common, he said.
Because of the amount of activity they found at Kilby, the group decided to hold a fundraiser for the site.
The group has done fundraisers like the before, raising funds for museum groups and other non-profits while giving other people the opportunity to learn about what the group had found and possibly experience some of it for themselves.
According to Leon, the first fundraiser in 2018 sold out in 24 hours. This year, Kilby is offering two supernatural dinners: one on Oct. 6 and one on Oct. 20.
Both events will begin at 5:30 p.m., starting with a traditional roast beef dinner where participants can see some of the previous evidence the group has collected in their investigations.
After the dinner, participants will be split up into groups to explore the museum with the Vancouver Supernatural Group on hand. The group has also located a descendent of the Kilby family, and Leon mentioned that the group would be bringing a medium to the event.
As Kolisnyk pointed out, the event isn’t just for those who believe in things like ghosts. Skeptics are welcome too.
“Honestly, we welcome skeptics,” he said. “We don’t have to prove ourselves, we know that they’re there.”
Tickets for the events are $60 each, or two for $110, with all proceeds going towards maintaining the historic site. The dinner is primarily for adults, and anyone under 18 has to be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 604-796-9576.