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Visit cemetery on Sept. 10-12

Cemetery Tales 2010, sponsored by The History Museum of Hood River County, will be held Sept. 10-12.

Tours stage at the Hood River Valley Adult Center with performances taking place in Idlewilde Cemetery. Parking for this event is at the Hood River Valley Adult Center.

Cemetery Tales is a community event that combines heritage with dynamic first-person monologues of people who are buried at Idlewilde Cemetery.

This is the second year for this special and unique performance. Last year's event was "sold out."

Performance times on Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. The last group leaves the adult center at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 12, is a matinee performance with the first group leaving the adult center at 2 p.m. and subsequent tours leaving every 15 minutes with the last group at 2:45 p.m.

Ticket prices are $15 per person; however tickets purchased prior to Aug. 19 are discounted to $12 per person.

Proceeds from the Cemetery Tales event go towards ongoing museum archive collection needs and education programming.

New this year: Family Friendly Tours on Saturday, Sept. 11, starting at 10 a.m. with the last group leaving the adult center at 10:45 p.m. These tours are designed for elementary age children and their parents and are approximately 60 minutes in length. Children will enjoy several interactive graveside presentations following by an opportunity to learn more about cemeteries and tomb stones. Everyone will have an opportunity to make and take home a tomb stone rubbing from this event. Cost for the Family Friendly Tours is $6 per person. Tour times are limited to 12 per group.

The 2010 Cemetery Tales cast of characters includes: Lula Acrees portrayed by Kate Dougherty, Quendo Blagg portrayed by Gabriella Whitehead, Cora Blagg portrayed by Loree Neumann-Rae, Wayne Nichols portrayed by Andy Wendle, Private Frank Hachiya portrayed by Niko Yasui, John J. Annala portrayed by Kirby Neumann-Rea, Florence Kerr portrayed by Julie Jindal, Percy Bucklin portrayed by Dennis Kindig, Nora Rumbaugh portrayed by Jeanne Marie Davis, and William Laraway portrayed by Tom Penchoen.

"This has to be one of my favorite museum events ever. The ambiance of the candle lighting combined with the solace of the cemetery and the poignant stories of the characters being presented makes for a very special evening or afternoon. I hope that if people missed this last year, they will make an effort to buy their tickets early," said Connie Nice, museum coordinator for Hood River County

For further information email: or call: 541-386-6772.

Tickets can be purchased at The History Museum at the Port Marina in Hood River.


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