Tombstone Tales come alive in Grand Lake on Sept. 4 |

Tombstone Tales come alive in Grand Lake on Sept. 4

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

If you’ve ever been to a Tombstone Tales performance, you know that the title is much more ominous than the event.

This reenactment production by the Grand Arts Council has become a Labor Day Weekend favorite event for both locals and visitors alike.

The production takes place this Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Grand Lake Cemetery. Six historic Grand Lake legends come alive and tell their life stories beside their gravesites.

You will be escorted through the cemetery to each character by the Undertaker and Guides. Each person will relate not only their own life story, but other unusual and interesting bits of Grand Lake history. After each presentation, there will be a brief time to ask the person additional questions about their life and times in Grand Lake. The experience is entertaining, enlightening and educational. You will come away feeling like you just met the person.

Every year new grave sites are chosen and new people tell their life stories. This year’s cast of characters are: Dave Lively playing Rob Harbison; Kathy Naples playing Mrs. Ishe; Reed James playing Ted James; Judy Stanfill playing Laura Pentingell; Katie Gailey playing Bell Kauffman; and Don Dailey will be Preston Henry Smith or PH Smith, a relative of the Eslick family. Long tall Jim Cervenka will be the towering Undertaker.

Show times are every half hour beginning at 11 a.m. with the last show at 2 p.m. Those interested in attending should park at the Gateway Inn and be ready to board the shuttle to the cemetery 20 minutes before your ticketed show time. There is no parking on the cemetery site. If all tickets are not sold out, there will be some available for purchase at the Gateway parking lot on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

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