December 15, 2011 by Amy Elliott Bragg
Elmwood Cemetery tour this Saturday
I was so nervous when I gave my first tour of Elmwood back in October. I wasn’t sure that my habit of spending leisure time in the cemetery, hunting for my favorite obscure historical figures and talking to myself, gave me any sort of authority to lecture other people about it.
But! It was so much fun. Basically, I just did what I always do in Elmwood, only some really nice people tagged along and I talked to them instead of my imaginary/dead friends. Plus, Elmwood is beautiful, and a 90-minute walk was a great way to get the blood moving on a bleary Saturday morning.
You guys must like my style. The tour sold out, and the League of Adventurous Detroiters wanted to give waiting-listers from last time a second chance. So I’m giving a reprise tour this Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. You can sign up here.
Rebecca from LoAD and I tried to find a way to spin this for the holidays, but cholera just doesn’t make anyone feel merry. But I DO think that this would be a great early gift for the history lover in your life. Make a day of it and grab brunch, hit up a museum or visit some independent Detroit shops afterward!
A note about the weather: The first time I visited Elmwood was in the winter, and while it is challenging to see a historic cemetery in the midst of snow drifts, it is also very pretty. And I finally own some winter boots. And if you bring a thermos full of something warm you might even feel pretty resilient. And jolly. And proud of yourself.
Other upcoming events
I will be in Milwaukee on January 12, reading at the Sugar Maple in Bay View around 7:30 pm. On the off-chance that you’ll be in the neighborhood, come out for American craft beers, a nerdy talk about the rich history that Milwaukee and Detroit share, and a soul dance party. Yep, it is going to be great.