I grew up with a wonderful family that exposed me to many different things when I was young. Of course, I took for granted what they had exposed me to and even despised some of the events that they “dragged” us to. As a parent now I know why they felt the need to expose us to many different venues despite the whining my sister and I would do. They felt it was their duty to show us as much as they could of the world around us. To provide us with experiences so we could learn to appreciate the beauty all around us.
One of those “adventures” that my parents used to take my sister and me on was to cemeteries. I was never really into this as a child and I find it quite funny, now that I am older, that I actually like them. I recall many times when we would pull over to the side of the road and walk through small cemeteries doing rubbings and admiring tombstones. I even remember going to some for Easter egg hunts and even having picnics. Our adventures did not consist of frolicking around the grounds of the deceased being disrespectful but rather our parents were teaching us to respect and admire the beauty found in such places. To remember those that are buried through their stories and trying to keep their tombstones looking nice.
Some of the cemeteries have quite rich histories such as Oakland Cemetery, one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Oakland Cemetery is located in Atlanta off Memorial Drive. Originally the site of a farm, its founding fathers purchased it in 1850 and had it designated as public burial ground for the fast growing city. Atlanta Graveyard or City Burial Place as it was first called was designed a rural cemetery garden meaning that it would be a cemetery surrounded by gardens rather than a drab unappealing graveyard. The name was later changed to Oakland in 1872, and it grew in size to 48 acres due to the Civil War. During the 19th Century it was common to see guests taking carriage rides and having picnics in Oakland. Additionally you would see family members taking care of family owned plots. Unfortunately, after time the cemetery fell into disarray and was not maintained until 1976 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Oakland Foundation was founded.
So why do I write all this? I want to let you know about an event called Sunday in the Park. On Sunday, October 2 from 12 to 6 Oakland will “go back in time with a Victorian street festival bustling with art, entertainment, food and more.” Guests can take a peek into mausoleums and admire the many monuments and gardens Oakland has to offer. There will be carriage rides and free walking tours as well as a multitude of some of Atlanta’s famous eateries such as
Al A Carte Frozen Bananas and Ice Cream
Angel Fire 7 BBQ
Cousins Maine Lobsters
El Dorado Tacos
Flavors of Hawaii Shaved Ice
The Mobile Marlay
Oldknow Beverage Co.
Rusty’s Nutz & Cotton Candy
Plus, you will be surrounded by many artists and musicians. There will even be a Victorian costume contest!
The suggested donation is $7 and all proceeds from this family-friendly event benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation.
If this sounds like something fun for you then please come and see what Oakland has to offer.