October 2018 Graveyard Events

OCTOBER IS GRAVEYARD MONTH AT CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church is holding several events in October 2018 to explore and celebrate several aspects of our historic graveyard. All events are free and open to the public.

The first event will be a Guided Tour of the Graveyard on Saturday October 6th at 10 am. This tour is based on the recently created self-guided tour and visits those gravemarkers on the tour of notable figures in the cemetery as well as gravestones with special artistic features. The graveyard guide will provide information about each of these stops on the tour. The tour will also include the three gravestones inside the church. The tour is being conducted by Ryan Radice who is one of the individuals who created the Self-Guided Tour Brochure. Ryan is also a tour guide at Ellis Island. Each tourist will also receive a self-guided tour guide.

For those interested we ask that you register by sending an email to historian@christchurchshrewsbury.org. This should contain the name, number in party and email address in case of any need to contact registrants.

The second event is a combination gravestone cleaning workshop and gravestone rubbing activity. Attendees will be able to do one or both. Lichen covered gravestones will be cleaned with the activity led by the church’s graveyard conservator, Lorraine Schnabel. Instruction and all materials will be provided. Local artist Kim Roberts-Honecker will lead gravestone rubbings. This event will be held on Saturday October 13th at 10 am with a rain date of October 20th. Attendees are asked to register to allow for proper planning. Please send an email to historian@christchurchshrewsbury.org. with name, number in party, activity of interest, and number of children.

The final event this year will be a Halloween Visit to the Christ Church Graveyard and is called Holy Halloween Batman. This activity is oriented to children in their Halloween costumes with candy and costumed graveyard actors. Come experience the “Ghostly Graveyard Scavenger Hunt” and where old souls are waiting to tell you about life in historic Shrewsbury and hand out prizes to those brave enough to partake. There will also be face painting and Halloween decorating for kids of all ages and live entertainment following the scavenger hunt. Come any time from 4-6 pm.

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