Maple Grove Cemetery offers new discoveries

Maple Grove Cemetery offers new discoveries
Halloween is the the busy season for Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens. The cemetery stages its annual Spirits Alive day, when you can walk around the grounds and meet the ghosts of famous people past — played by actors or course.
By Merle Exit

You would never think to have a fun-filled day at a cemetery … unless it’s The Friends of Maple Grove.

Two events are set for Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. with Spirits Alive 2017 – Diversity Through Time.

Spend a few hours walking through the Monument Park section as over 20 actors in period costumes play the roles of the cemetery’s most historical and illustrious characters. They will recount tales of their lives via speeches and memories, along with some new discoveries.

Most of the actors are experienced in community theater, including some with a Broadway background. Maps will be provided for this self-guided tour and attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion by donning period costumes.

Maps will be provided and their volunteers will guide you through the Monument Park section of the cemetery (near the entrance at Lefferts Boulevard & Kew Gardens Road). Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Parking on cemetery grounds is also free.

Visitors are being asked to use other gates to enter — at 129th Street & Kew Gardens Road or Queens Boulevard.

The tour ends at 4:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time to grab a bite in the area or relax at Celebration Hall where a concert takes place at 6 p.m. Musicians will be playing songs from movie sound tracks. Expect movie trivia and prizes.

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