Sarah Longabaugh, a woman who was born and raised in Grayslake and lived to be 100 years old, will share her story and and give a talk on cremation during a tour of the cemetery where she is buried.
Or, at least, Connie Dunbar, treasurer of the Grayslake Historical Sociey, will give that talk while portraying Sarah Longabaugh. It is all part of the 13th annual Cemetery Walk.
The event takes place at 1:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Grayslake Cemetery. It features seven costumed participants sharing factual stories of some of the cemetery's deceased.
Dunbar has been involved in the production since its inception. She said she enjoys participating because it helps her to learn more about the village.
"Even though the incidents happened years ago, these were the people who helped shape our community," she said.
Attendees can expect to take a scripted walk through the lives of former Grayslake residents, including Grayslake's first mayor's son and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and wife of a World War I veteran, said Grayslake Historical Society President Charlotte Renehan.
Renehan will play Mariah Forvor, a woman who with her husband owned farmland that is now part of the cemetery.
Each year a different character leads the Cemetery Walk so that the production does not become stagnate, Renehan said. This year, Village Board Trustee Shawn Vogel will lead the Cemetery Walk playing Sidney Carfield, a former mayor of Grayslake who passed away in 1943.
The Cemetery Walk is hosted by the Grayslake Historical Society and is sponsored by Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
Entwined is providing flower arrangements.
This event is free to the public, but donations are welcome. All donations go towards upkeep of the cemetery. The Grayslake Cemetery is located on the northeast corner of Lake Street and Route 120.