Cemeteries possess an aura of strangeness, no doubt about that. Sure, they're quiet places of solemn remembrance for family members and friends, but for the community, they're also full of mystery and stories and history. As you stroll through the grounds, dates and names pop out, as do other curiosities, like the variety of memorials that mark the final resting spots and the occasional poetic inscriptions written there. Of course, at this time of year, people may think of cemeteries as places where the divide between the living and the dead becomes blurred, and in a way, that's true, especially at Valhalla Cemetery (7600 St. Charles Rock Road, Greendale). During Voices of Valhalla: A Hayride Through Time
, curious souls have the chance to tour the cemetery via hayride while the Hawthorne Players (www.hawthorneplayers.com
) portray various individuals buried there. From a U.S. vice president's wife to the founder of the cemetery, the non-scary rides offer a look into the past and help put stories with some of the names. The Voices of Valhalla can be heard every fifteen minutes beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (October 14 through 22). Tickets cost $15; call 314-863-3011 to make a purchase.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 14. Continues through Oct. 22, 2011