Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012 Living History Portrayal Walk

Marshall's Oakridge Cemetery was first used in 1839 and is one of the oldest continuously operated cemeteries in the state. For the twelfth year in a row Oakridge will be home to the "If These Stones Could Talk...", a walking tour where local actors and actresses portray significant people from Marshall's past at that person’s grave site. Small groups will be guided by hosts in a predetermined lantern-illuminated pattern through the cemetery and the once-prominent residents will rise up and share their stories.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, October 6 at 7pm come rain or shine. For more information, including ticket costs, please contact the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

As we’ve done for the past ten years, we’ve gathered around to listen to Walter Lornten, our archivist, spout off plans for visiting the festivities...and then wonder where he’ll end up. Like last year. He claimed it would have taken him four days to hitchhike to Saginaw so he rented a car instead, a Pontiac. Turns out there’s a suburb of Detroit named that, too, and Walter decided to check it out. There he says he ran into what he thought were fishermen heading out to Clinton Valley...turns out that used to be an area psychiatric hospital and Walter says he’s seen enough of those. Danvers. That place in Ohio. The home office. Whatever. He looks forward to this year’s walk where he’ll try...yet again...to make an appearance.

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