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Beyond the Lone Islands

Saturday, 24 July 2010



Now where are all these people headed on a warm summer evening?


A graveyard chapel? You must be kidding?
Doesn’t really look like a funeral…

Actually it’s rather the opposite of a funeral.
More like a Resurrection!


Guests of honour arriving from the past: A 19th century district judge with his wife, greeted by a woman journalist from their own time; she too brought back from the dead to do one more scoop.


Must be an odd feeling looking at one’s own headstone…


So, what’s going on? It is a live history lesson: a guided tour around a 19th century graveyard. Represented by actors, some old prominent citizens are brought back to life for a short visit, to be interviewed and tell us a bit about their own lives, and the history of the town.


The resurrected old car they arrived in. (No use asking me for car details; I don’t have them.)


Another guy risen from his grave – local artist and art teacher John Hedaeus (1872-1967). I managed to find only two of his paintings on the internet. He also did some paintings in churches.

Hedaeus John Kyrkogatan stor Hedaeus, John Vinter stor
Left: Watercolour by John Hedaeus
Right: Oil painting by John Hedaeus

Another (less well known) artist, son of the journalist who was our guide for the evening, also turned up to “surprise his mum”, and escort her back to their own grave:


Actually three more people were “raised from the dead” on this Tuesday evening, but I think I’ll let these photos be enough for one blog post.

However, with a theme like this I can’t resist also “doing a Ginny” at the end (referring to my friend of the blog Let Your Light Shine), and finish off with a Bible quote:

“… we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.”
2 Corinthians 4:14


Ginny said...

I love this post! We still seem to be having more and more in common experiences. They just had this same kind of resurrection at a local cemetary a week or so ago. But it was a workshop for teachers only, so I was not invited. I was so interested to read about it in the paper and look at a couple black and white pictures, wishing I had been there. So you can imagine how I'm loving THIS! Much better photos, and I feel just a bit like I HAD been there. Your reporting on this is great. And thanks for the nod to my blog!

jeannette said...

Wow, how neat! I love it!

Sandra said...

I can't beleive all the wonderful things your town does and has and all the art and museums and buildings. you are a great reporter and i love it. this is really neat and way cool. i see ginny had one to. never seen or heard of one before the two of you today but I do know about The Resurrection and the one to come

rae said...

This is a great idea. I'm going to ask around and see if anything like this happens where I live. It seems like such an interesting afternoon!


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