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August 17, 2015

Picnic With The Dead August 29th

Olive Tree Genealogy received this email from Woodland Cemetery in Ohio. What a great idea!

Each of us comes from somewhere and someone.  Most of us know something of our history and family members who have gone before us. On August 29, 2015 Woodland Cemetery Foundation would like to spend the day with you and with your ancestors.  The foundation is hosting a gathering of descendants at the cemetery and would be honored if you and your family members joined in the celebration.  Please come and share a few thoughts about, of words from, and remembrances of your ancestors who reside now at Woodland Cemetery [6901 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44104].

Come visit your family gravesites and maybe spruce them up a bit –bring your tools and supplies and plant your flowers!  Or just to come and enjoy the beauty of the park and share time and words with your loved ones, with your family and friends, and with other the other descendants who have come to visit their ancestors. Woodland Cemetery is one of the loveliest and most peaceful places in all of Cleveland.  Let us share.

On August 29, 2015, let us share.  Let us share our family stories and the beauty that is around us.  Let us share the history of ourselves and of our city.  Let us share the stories of our common past and maybe carry lessons learned into our communal future.

No celebration is complete without a feast.  Please plan to share a potluck picnic luncheon with your family, friends, and other descendants.  Bring a favorite family dish or share one that your ancestors favored.  Bring your own picnic basket.  Woodland Cemetery Foundation will be providing food and drink and your contribution would be most welcome.  Let us share.

Festivities will start on August 29th at 10:00AM, with the picnic potluck beginning around 11:00AM and continuing throughout the day.  Please bring your dish to share along with your picnic basket and blanket – or table – and your memories and stories.  Please remember that Woodland Cemetery is an alcohol free zone, so no alcoholic beverages, please!

If you have never been to Woodland Cemetery, it is a wonderful place to visit.  If you are unsure of how to get to the grave location of your ancestor, members of the foundation will be more than happy to assist.  If you send us an email ahead of time, we will provide you with the burial records and the grave location for your ancestors. Or visit our website and find ancestors at our online database:


Hadley Burns said...

That is an absolutely lovely idea. I am not sure I have relatives in that cemetary but if I did and I did not already have another committment I would be there. I hope your celebration is the beginning of a growing trend. Best of wishes to everyone that is able to attend
Hadley Burns Cambridge ON, Canada

Mavis said...

That sounds like such an enjoyable time. I have several relatives, descendants of my grand aunt, that are buried that. I'll forward this to my cousins. They may be interested in attending.

Mavis said...

What a neat idea. I have several relatives that are buried there, descendants of my Grand Aunt. I'll forward this to my cousins, they may be interested in attending.

Mavis said...

Guess I should have read more carefully, there is another Woodland Cemetery in OH (Dayton) and that is where my relatives are buried. I saw OH and just assumed it was the same cemetery.