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Lewiston Arts Council Digs Deep to Entertain

By Joyce Kryszak

Lewiston, NY – Hey kids, let's a take a trip to the cemetery! Now, that might not seem like the most logical thing to suggest to your children, who are probably already bored with summer vacation.

But there is a summer activity in Lewiston that promises not to be deadly.

Beneath the rolling grass and marble etched tombstones there's an amazing story to be told at Niagara County's oldest public cemetery.

There are many stories there, in fact.

The Marble Orchard in Lewiston is home, so to speak, to some fairly famous, some incredibly colorful, and even some scandalous people. And Eva Nicklas from the Lewiston Arts Council loves to share those juicy stories.

The Arts Council has costumed character actors who take you on tour and impersonate some of the cemetery's most interesting residents.

You can walk through the lives of hookers and the county's founding fathers, an abolitionist and a slave, to name a few.

Nicklas said, no pun intended, the stories were just there waiting to be uncovered.

The tours began on Sunday, July 2 and continue each Sunday through August at the Marble Orchard cemetery in Lewiston on Cayuga Street. It's free, so why not drop in?

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