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Cemetery Walk 2011: Cemetry Tours draws more than 200

posted Jan 13, 2012, 8:23 AM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 8:28 AM ]

Over 200 people attended the Ninth Annual Barbara Bull Memorial Cemetery Walk presented by the Western Sonoma County Historical Society on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

A new program including six vignettes told the story of Sebastopol¹s incorporation, a gun toting city councilman, Chinese worker history, a Native American language project, a Sebastopol liveryowner, and County Supervisor and an opera singer. Special this year was musical accompaniment for touring groups by local musicians from the Hubbub Club and a solo violinist giving tribute to infant burials. The walk through the Sebastopol Memorial Lawn Cemetery created a sense of stepping into the past.

Thirteen actors provided the drama, and ten historically costumed tour guides led four tours each night. Twenty-five Historical Society volunteers provided the stage crew, cooks, and food servers.

The program started with dinner at St. Stephen¹s Episcopal Church and ended with dessert at the Burbank Farm Cottage. Next year will be the tenth anniversary of Cemetery Walk, the idea of the Society¹s former vice president, the late Barbara Bull.

Fix It: Jesse Pennington plays Deb Triggs, son of Councilman John Triggs, in their bicycle repair shop during a performance in the Ninth Annual Barbara Bull Memorial Cemetery Walk.

Story and Photography By: Wayne Wieseler

Cemetery Walk 2011