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Forest Lawn’s famous residents come alive at the holidays.

By Sandy Starks:

This December, you’ll have a chance to meet some of Forest Lawn’s famous permanent residents, as they take part in Forest Lawn’s presentation of

“It Was A Wonderful Life!” which is part of its Sunday In The Cemetery concert and lecture series.  There will be two performances: Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12, both beginning at 2:00 p.m.

in Forest Lawn’s historic and festively-decorated chapel.

 Participating residents will include:

• Mary Talbert, a persuasive speaker about civil rights who, in 1916, became president of the Colored National Association of Women’s Clubs and also served as a director of the NAACP. Mary will sing Negro spiritual hymns.

• Sara Hinson, a Buffalo schoolteacher and principal in the 1800s, who was instrumental in starting Flag Day. Sara will recite a patriotic holiday poem.

• George Norman Pierce, manufacturer of the famous Pierce Arrow automobiles, who will tell us how they celebrated Christmas at his company back in his day.

• Dorothy Goetz Berlin, first wife of famed composer Irving Berlin, who will sing one of the most well-known songs of the holiday season: White Christmas, written by her husband.

• A Civil War soldier, who will read actual letters from soldiers to their families at Christmas.

The Festival Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Vicky Chang, will entertain with some favorite holiday tunes.

Tickets are $15 per person and reservations are required (and these programs sell out quickly). For tickets, call the Forest Lawn office at 885.1600.

Additional upcoming events as part of Forest Lawn’s Sunday In The Cemetery series include:

  • January 9   Buffalo’s Millionaires’ Row
  • February 13   Dr. Roswell Park: the Man and his Music
  • March 13   Buffalo’s Magic Man: The Fakir of Ava
  • April 10 Forest Lawn and The War of 1812

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Written by WCPerspective


Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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