WESTFIELD – On Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25, Westfield Cemetery on Academy Street will welcome the return of selected residents. The place will be lit by tiki torches, which will give an ethereal glow as you walk or ride in a horse-drawn carriage to visit these citizens. An accompanying guide will reveal snippets of our city’s history and the returnees will regale us with memories of their lives.
The Patterson Library, the Lake Shore Center for the Arts, the Westfield Cemetery Association, the Chautauqua County Historical Society and the Westfield Barcelona Chamber of Commerce are working together to bring this event to you. There will be parking on Academy Street where you will be greeted and presented with a lantern for the tour and then to keep. You will be directed to the large blue tent staging area where the tour begins and refreshments of hot chocolate, mulled cider with spiced wine, and cookies will be served. At your booked tour time, you’ll walk through the graveyard, greeted by historical figures who are part of the fabric of Westfield.
Tickets for this event are available online http: /giveButter.com/westfield2021. Library staff can help you make your reservation if needed. These tickets are for specific times, with hourly horse and carriage rides and twice hourly walking tours. The event begins at 6 p.m., with the last tour leaving the staging area at 9 p.m.
This event is sponsored by Basil Chevrolet of Fredonia, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate and Johnson Estate Winery. Please support these businesses as they support our community.
In 2019, these groups started what was supposed to be an annual fundraiser. Due to COVID-19, last year’s event was not possible. These organizations came together with renewed energy to take over this popular event. Due to the recent increase in COVID cases, organizers are demanding a mask for all participants riding in the horse-drawn carriage and asking those walking to keep a safe distance from the actors.