Monday, September 4, 2017

Enrichmond's Evergreen Cemetery Community Survey

The Enrichmond Foundation’s mission is to serve the people, parks, and public spaces of the City of Richmond. They also act as an umbrella non-profit organization for volunteer groups and Friends’ groups. For example, The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery is a partner organization of the Enrichmond Foundation

Along with the $400,000 funds set aside by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to create a conservation easement that would maintain the property as a public cemetery, The Enrichmond Foundation purchased Evergreen Cemetery this summer with the hopes of restoring the grounds to their past glory. I cannot wait to see all the volunteer efforts come to fruition.

Here is your chance to voice your thoughts. The Enrichmond Foundation has created The Evergreen Cemetery Community Survey to solicit public feedback. It is for anyone who would like to give general feedback regarding the cemetery. Even if you have not yet visited Evergreen Cemetery, you are encouraged to give feedback based on your experiences at other cemeteries. The survey is short and requires no more than ten minutes of your time to answer.

To access the survey, click the picture of their post below.

For more information on Evergreen Cemetery, see my post (click here). 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Fall and Cemeteries: Here's a list of events

Saturday mornings frequently include a cup of coffee and me sitting in front of the computer to catch up on reading blog posts, especially on raining mornings like this one.

The Official Tourism Travel Blog of the Commonwealth of Virginia shared a post on Facebook this morning that was originally published last year, “Discovering Virginia’s Lesser Known Outdoor Destinations.”

Virginia is chock-full of famous outdoor venues like the Appalachian Trail, Great Falls of the Potomac and the James River. Yet other natural locales are lesser visited, and lesser known.  Virginia’s outdoor splendor can also be found in these unheralded places that you can discover and enjoy.

September has just begun and I am already thinking about cooler days, fewer snakes in the cemeteries, and the leaves changing. This is the perfect time to start planning fall activities, although I have to admit that I am booked through the beginning of November. There are so many fall activities here in Virginia. Of all the fun things to do, cemeteries top my list. Why drive out to see fall foliage when you can walk around a cemetery and see it close up and personal. Not only do you get to see the leaves changing, there are numerous health benefits of walking the cemetery grounds. 

Need some help planning?
If you would like to join the River City Cemetarians, here’s our Fall Schedule: 

Saturday, September 9th at 9:30AM- Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Saturday, September 23 at 1PM (Winchester, VA)- Mt. Hebron Cemetery Walking Tour
Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 PM- Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery Inaugural Book Fair
Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 AM (Williamsburg, VA)- Bruton Parish Churchyard & Jones Family Cemetery
Saturday, October 21at 4:30 PM- Dinner & Fancy Me Mad Graveyard Tour
Saturday, November 11 at 9 AM (Lynchburg, VA)- The Gravegarden/ Old City Cemetery

Need more suggestions: 

Shockoe Hill Cemetery posted their upcoming events:
Free Sunday Cemetery Tours-- September 18th; October 2nd and 16th at 2PM
Their Shockoe Hill Cemetery Book Fair is Sunday, September 24th, from 1-5 pm at the Byrd Park Round House.

They also have scheduled their clean-up and cradle grave gardening workshop for Saturday, October 7th, from 9 am - 3 pm.

Hollywood Cemetery also has several walking tours scheduled through October. You can check out their schedule here.