By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — Tickets for the eighth annual Wyandotte Museums Cemetery Walk Oct. 9 and 10, have once again sold out during the first week of the sale.
Participants in the event will start out at the Ford-MacNichol House to partake in the viewing of a 19th century funeral. Thon’s Funeral Home which has served the people of Wyandotte for 158 years has loaned the museums artifacts to be used to make an authentic funeral viewing.
Following the viewing participants will then take a short trolley ride to the historic Mount Carmel Cemetery; there they will mingle with some of the city’s most intriguing characters of the past 150 years, via a guided tour along a path by jack-o’-lanterns.
Following their cemetery excursion people will receive refreshments at the historic Marx home and learn about Victorian spiritualism and séances, before making their way back to the Ford-MacNichol House for an Edwardian Halloween Party.
Chris Lutkin, of the Wyandotte Stars historic base ball team, is one of the volunteers, and will portray Frank Marx, who founded the Marx Opera House.
“It was basically Wyandotte’s first theater and was actually founded on October 9, 1896, which ironically is the date of the first day of the walk,” Lutkin said.
Lutkin said the museum lets the actors choose a character to represent from a book and they do their own research on the characters and write a script on each character. The museums help to supply the vintage attire.
“It’s very educational and entertaining at the same time,” he said. “They do a really nice job with the authentic characters. It’s kind of historical geek.”
“It typically sells out the first week,” said Heather Theide, Special Events coordinator for the city of Wyandotte.
Tickets are $20 and were offered in 20-minute intervals from 6:20 to 8 p.m.
The museum has no plans for adding another day to the event calendar despite the high demand for tickets.
“It is mostly ran by volunteers,” said Theide. “It is difficult to get them to do more than a two day weekend.”
Lutkin believes it sells out because people like to learn about the history of the area in which they reside.
“I like to learn about the history wherever I live,” he said. “I think most people do. I mean it sells out like nothing else. Like really, really fast.”
“It was different. Definitely Different,” said John Ingison, a former Wyandotte Stars player, who once participated. in the event as a ghostly baseball player in the far off distance.
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at [email protected])