Despite many obstacles, and due to the determination of Julie Esty and her cast of Dearly Departed Players, the Dunmore Cemetery Tour 2020 will take place this year on Oct. 4.
Due to Covid-19 and social distancing, the tour this year will be in drive-through format with tour attendees remaining in their vehicles. As of now, the tour is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning on the Dunmore High School side of the cemetery on Warren Street.
“Doing the tour in this format and adapting for distancing has been a challenge,” Ms. Esty concedes. “Our initial inclination was to cancel, but we know there are people who are going to need the Feed-a-Friend donations that we collect at the cemetery gate. Also,The Players would really miss seeing everyone. So, we adapted as best we could. It is our sincere hope that our audience will adapt with us this year.”
The logistics are unusual. “The Dunmore Police Department and the Dunmore Mayor’s Office assured us we would have the cooperation and help we need to make this event happen and we are so grateful,” Julie says. “Tour attendees are advised to check the Dunmore Cemetery Tour page on Facebook for any updates to the current information.”
Attendees will be given a program/tour route/map and “Fast Facts” on some notable cemetery residents. The Dearly Departed Players will help attendees along the way. In essence – it will be one long procession through the cemetery. When the drive-through tour is finished – audience members will be able to come back at any time and do the tour at their leisure by either walking or driving.
Some local businesses and organizations have volunteered to make the cemetery look a bit festive with fall decorations of wreaths and pumpkins. They include Space Time Mead and Cider Works, Carlucci Golden and Desantis, Lackawanna Historical Society, Miller Bean Funeral Home, and Steven’s Wreaths Galore and Much More helping us in the endeavor.
PS Advertising Specialty Company is also working on what attendees are going to need to get them through this tour.
“As always, a huge thank you goes out to the staff and Board of the Dunmore Cemetery,” Ms. Esty notes.
The Feed–a-Friend donation barrels will be set up at the tour entrance on tour day. Audience members will be able to drop their donations in before they start on their ride through the cemetery.
“The Players sincerely cannot wait to see everyone. If we make it — we will be one of the few events that did make it in this very difficult year. Wish us luck!” Julie says.
If any other local businesses would like to help dress the cemetery up with pumpkins, wreaths or mums, or if you need more information, please contact Julie at 570-344-3819.
No reservations are necessary for the tour.