First Annual El Carmelo Cemetery and Little Chapel Tour 2013
Although I invited them, no ghostly spirits–friendly or otherwise–showed up to participate that day. We still had a good time among the pines, with the deer and the birds. The Little Chapel (available to rent for special events) provided a sumptuous buffet, coffee and other beverages. About thirty people meandered among the tombstones and markers on a perfectly sunny day. Don Beals prepared a walking map handout of notable PG inhabitants, put orange cone markers at their gravesites, and gave a personally guided tour to many. I assisted him and answered questions about my Gale family members buried in the pioneer section in 1892. Near her grave, Don set up an easel with the self-portrait by Lavinia Waterhouse, which is normally on display at Ketchum’s Barn, and gave a little talk. Plans are underway to develop a Living History persona of Lavinia—and other interesting pioneers—to appear at the 2014 tour; which may entice a few spirits to liven things up for everyone!