CARLINVILLE — The Carlinville Tourism Committee will present Tombstone Tales from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Carlinville City Cemetery on Mayo Street.
The last tour begins at 3 p.m. Guided tours will begin every 15 minutes on the hour.
Attendees will watch as Civil War General John Rinaker and Judge Thaddeus Loomis come back to life along with entertainer Frieda Paul and Custer’s Last Stand survivor Mary Personeus. Five other citizens also will be eager to tell their stories.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets will be available at the cemetery entrance on Mayo Street, three blocks south of East First South Street, also known as Illinois Route 4/108.
Visitors should wear comfortable shoes for walking on gravel and uneven ground. In the event of heavy rain, there is a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 18, for tours from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There will be no public restrooms at this event, and Tombstone Tales facilitators are not responsible for accidents.
Tombstone Tales is a joint effort of the CTC of the Chamber of Commerce, the Carlinville Writer’s Guild and the Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College. Many hours have been volunteered to plan, organize, write scripts for and costume the actors for Tombstone Tales.
Many of the actors have appeared on stage in productions by the Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College, interactive dinner theater and Geriatric Theatre.
Mark Armstrong will bring Gen. John Rinaker to life. Judge Thaddeus Loomis, builder of the Macoupin County Courthouse and the Loomis House Hotel, will be portrayed by Don Hamilton.
Ralph Scheldt will portray abolitionist Elison Braley. Lori Brown will portray Mary Personeus and inform attendees of her life and experience at Custer’s Last Stand. Jim Rawlins will portray Charles A. Walker, a Southern sympathizer who surprisingly supported General Rinaker in opposition to building of the Courthouse.
CJ Meno will narrate the story of Carlinville’s first settler, Ezekiel Good. The young Paul Shuttleworth, who will be portrayed by Joseph Hardy, will have an interesting story to tell about an airplane.
Cara Duncan will bring Adele Loehr Hemphill to life, and actress Jami Lynn Lewis will bring to life the sparkle and talent of Carlinville’s Frieda Paul, who with her late husband, built and entertained in the Marvel Theater.
Imagine Rural Arts will be hosting a free pumpkin-decorating station for children of all ages.
For information about Tombstone Tales or the Carlinville Tourism Committee, visit the Carlinville Illinois on Old Route 66 Facebook page.