The Dearly Departed Players were back in the Dunmore Cemetery on Black Friday, but not for walking tours.
During the harvest season, visitors to the cemetery informed the Players that they enjoyed the autumn decorations so much that they wished the troupe could do something for the Christmas holiday. Trying to honor the request, the Players affixed 20 wreaths to mausoleum doors.
According to tour director Julie Esty, the Players don’t have funding for an event in another season but creative use of repurposed wreaths, wreaths donated by the now defunct Dunmore Historical Society, and ribbon donated by Vince Parise and his late wife, Carol, helped make the project a reality.
Some of the mausoleums decorated included George Catlin, founding member of the Lackawanna Historical Society; former Congressman Thomas Henry Dale, Fenwick Peck, United States Lumber; and Thomas Dickson, president of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. The massive Receiving Vault of the Dunmore Cemetery was also decorated with evergreen wreaths with red velvet and buffalo plaid bows.