Alhambra Cemetery in Martinez is opening for several tours this month. I’ve never been, but I’ve always wanted to go, so I’m really looking forward to finally getting a good look at the place.
Here’s their announcement:
The Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1851, has stunning views of the Carquinez Strait and a rich history. A tour guide will introduce you to families with names you know and some you don’t. You’ll learn more about local war heroes, personalities, politicians and a most creative caretaker. Tours are designed to enlighten, not frighten. Wear sturdy comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Evenings can be cool. Sorry, no children please! To reserve a tour space, please call Martinez Recreation at 925-372-3510.
Full Moon Tour: Saturday, October 19, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Bring a flashlight.
Twilight Tour: Sunday, October 20, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Daylight Tour: Tuesday, October 22, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Halloween Tour: Thursday, October 31, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Bring a flashlight. Join us as we explore the cemetery on all Hallows Eve.
All cemetery tours are free, but we do accept donations for cemetery restoration.
The tour information was here.
And there’s this as well:
“There’s also a kid friendly event for Day of the Dead: Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead on Saturday, November 2 from 10 -11:30 a.m. Dia de los Muertos, a popular Mexican cultural event, combines the Aztec and Roman Catholic traditions of celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones. It is believed that the soul returns home during November 1 and 2 to visit with family and friends. Families are invited to celebrate the lives of local citizens buried at the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery with activities. There will be a headstone hunt that incorporates math, history, and observation skills. Day of the Dead crafts will also be provided: folding paper marigolds, creating banners, and coloring sugar skull pictures. Please pre-register with Martinez Recreation 372-3510 by October 31 for this free family event!”