Niagara Gazette — A group of individuals, known as the “Friends of Oakwood”, who are dedicated to the restoration, preservation, maintenance and education of this historic landmark, are organizing this event on behalf of the board of directors. Co-chairs of the fundraiser are Pete Ames, Nora Masters and Trudy Christman. As a member of the “Friends”, I have attended their meetings and learned that this event will be staged at several locations within the 19-acre site and free parking will be available at the front entrance.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. when guests are greeted by “Friends” with parking directions and invited to tour the grounds in a State Parks at Niagara Trolley. Local author and historian, Michelle Kratts (in period dress), will describe some of the historically significant sights during this scenic ride.
Once inside the mausoleum, guests will be treated to a wine and hors d’oeurvres reception catered by Nora Masters while viewing the interior. The trolley tour and the reception will provide insight to the history of several well-known Niagara area families such as the Schoellkopf’s, founders of Niagara’s power. Other important families resting at Oakwood include the Silberbergs, Pfohls, Haeberles, Tattersalls, Holleys, Lammerts, and both Porter brothers. A short re-dedication ceremony on the steps of the mausoleum will be led by local dignitaries. Lori Caso of “Lori and Friends” will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Following the re-dedication ceremony, the trolley continues its tour on the way to the front of the cemetery, where, inside the Grand Tent, subdued lighting provides the atmosphere for a dinner presented by The Catering Crew from Carolyn’s House, operated by the YWCA of Niagara. The menu includes: Wedge salad with Green Goddess dressing; Frenched Chicken; Green beans with toasted almonds, scalloped potatoes, “Angel-wing” cupcakes, and select wines.