Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cemetery Walk


Our local historical society puts on a Cemetery Walk every October. It's their main fund-raising event of the year and they sell out all the tickets for each of the eight performances they offer.

The evening begins with a simple, but satisfying meal in the community room of St. Stephen's Church, near the cemetery. We enjoyed soup, salad, bread, cheese, and sliced meats. After our meal, a costumed guide (our neighbor, Susan Nestor) led us on a short walk to the cemetery. We found our way in the failing twilight with the help of lumieres and flashlights.

As we walked through the cemetery we stopped to see a half dozen short vignettes about the people buried beneath our feet. Although we're less than a month from Halloween, there was nothing spooky or macabre about these vignettes. They were short historical dramas which brought to life the stories of people who lived in Sebastopol before our time.


After the alfresco six-act play, we repaired to Luther Burbank's restored Gold Ridge cottage for a dessert of warm apple cobbler and hot tea.

Sarah and I had a wonderful evening Friday.

14 comments:

Delwyn said...

HI Dan

I love to hear about your extracurricular activities...

I have copied your 4 talks and will print them out and take time to read them through later...thank you for the precis...

Happy days

Ribbon said...

wow... that's an unusual location for a theatrical production...
Sounds interesting..

best wishes
Ribbon

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Dan~ that must have been a really interesting evening. Were there any local legens buried there? Sort of takes the fun out of Halloween!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn,

I'm glad to share my extracurricular activities, and I'm glad you enjoy reading about them. The little expansions on the 8FP aren't really mine; I got them from a teacher. I find them helpful in becoming more clear about what the Buddha recommended as a way to clear needless suffering from our lives. I hope you do, too.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Ribbon,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, a cemetery is an unusual place to set a theater production, but I guess if you're a historical society, it makes total sense. Last year it rained really hard on one of the nights, so they took the show indoors into a barn nearby.

Dan

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Margaret,

The people who were profiled Friday night weren't too terribly famous. On the other hand, they led lives of enough note to have left behind historical documents sufficient for writers to conjure up a tale to tell. They were ordinary enough people that it occured me (married to the Mayor of Sebastopol) to imagine a vignette about us being done on our graves in 2110.

Dayne Gingrich said...

Wow, never heard of theatrical performance in cemetery... but sounds like it was wonderful.

Thanks for sharing.

-Dayne

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dayne,

Thank you for stopping by. Yes, a cemetery sounds like a weird place to have a theatrical performance. But, it's oddly appropriate.

Dan

Friko said...

Hallo Dan

Margaret Pangert pointed me in your direction after I asked her a question about buddhism. I am glad she did because even on just idly scrolling through I can see that you have a lot to teach me.
I have come across your comments on a number of other blogs, we seem to have quite a few people's blogs in common.
I shall take the time and read through your past posts.

Margaret Pangert said...

Yikes! At first I read 2010! Then I realized it was 2110. Without a doubt you and your wife will be old-time citizens of note. By the way, I keep wanting to tell you how beautiful your new header is! The wheat looked too much like my old digs (Shasta-Tehama-Lassen Counties), but this shows how close you are to the coast.

Dan Gurney said...

Friko, I will be very pleased if you find posts worth reading here. If you're interested especially in posts about Buddhism, try clicking on the "Dharma Seeds" label; most of my posts on Buddhism are listed there.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Margaret—

Thanks! My wife took that photo while we were hiking near here. My wife's got the simplest Canon cheapo camera, but she always takes great pictures. We're close to, but not on, the coast in Sebastopol.

Jenny Stevning said...

This is a brilliant idea! We have a great cemetery in town - wish we had something like that.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Jenny--

That's what I think, too. It's especially appropriate for a local historical society, don't you think? to do a fund-raiser so closely related to the work they do.

Dan