By Julie Etsy
The tour was an tremendous success. At least 300 cars went through on Oct. 3 and significantly more went through on Oct. 11. And – just like with the walking tours – they came from all over. We could tell by the license plates, and we asked. So, it’s significant tourism for Dunmore.
The cemetery was decorated beautifully in a harvest theme. The autumn adornment for the cemetery included pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, banners, gold and silver pumpkin totems, wreaths, scarecrows. and ghosts.
The Lackawanna Historical Society, Space Time, Scranton Films, CaPaa at the Ritz Theater, Dunmore High School Crimson Company, Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis, Miller Bean Funeral Home, Pour Boys Pub, and a number of private citizens sponsored graves and mausoleums and decorated them. Gertrude Hawk Chocolates contributed a coupon for a discount on a purchase.
The Dearly Departed Players were stationed throughout the cemetery. Everything moved along beautifully. Cemetery tour and cemetery activity books were distributed to those in attendance.
We even had a local nursing home bring a van filled with their residents who we were told enjoyed their trip through the cemetery. We also had people let us know that they had to attend a funeral in the cemetery and the harvest decorations were a great comfort.
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was on hand collecting non-perishable items for the pet shelter and they did a terrific job. They filled two vans — and those vans were really packed with pet supplies.
I was out in the cemetery days before the tour decorating the place on my own. I got so much peace out of it, going from mausoleum to mausoleum, putting a wreath on every door. The weather was beautiful, so it made for a nice day out. It is rewarding to hear how much the regular cemetery walkers and tour attendees enjoyed the decorations.
As you can see from our photographs, we really covered a lot of time periods this year! The whole atmosphere changes with the harvest decor. We reached folks on so many different levels and really showcased the cemetery as an open air museum and community friendly space.