Originally scheduled for this Saturday, April 20, the second annual Darien Cemetery Clean-Up-Day, hosted by the Masonic Club of Darien has been postponed to June 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All volunteers are to meet at Ivanhoe Lodge No. 107, 354 Post Road in Darien, at 10 a.m. for instructions and information on the eight cemetery locations around town to be cleaned before being divided into teams.
— an announcement from the Masonic Club of Darien and the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Commission.
Among the cemeteries getting a spring cleaning, including Slawson Graveyard which is the resting place of town founder Thaddeus Bell.
Please dress appropriately and bring rakes, gloves and any other tools you have which could be used for blowing leaves or cutting tree limbs.
Darien Masons from Ivanhoe Lodge No. 107 along with the town of Darien’s Monuments and Ceremonies Commission Cemetery Commission have joined forces to make this an annual event.
“This is a great opportunity for us to work with volunteers throughout the community,” said Mark Lindsay, organizer for the Masonic Club of Darien. “We thank Chairman Sharon Kells from the Darien Cemetery Committee for helping us make this an annual event.
“People are amazed with the history they learn by visiting these graveyards,” Lindsay said. “The forefathers of our town are buried in these historical locations and we all owe it to them to see that these sites are well kept for years to come.”
Make sure to bring a pair of gloves. For more information, email Charity@DarienMasons.com.
This article, now updated with the new date, was published originally on April 9. The time stamp has been changed to put the links to it back in the Darienite.com newsletter and on the home page.