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Teddy Wilson Leads “Timeless Tales” Cemetery Tour

“Timeless Tales of Fairview Cemetery”, sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker is set to return again this. Join the “Mozart of Jazz” pianist Teddy Wilson as he leads you by lantern on an extraordinary tour through the grounds of Fairview Cemetery. This autumn celebration is scheduled to take place on the evenings of Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20 and 21.

On the journey, guests and guide alike are greeted by some of New Britain’s most historic and accomplished former residents who have come to rest at Fairview. This year’s tour includes John and Magdalene Klingberg, Klingberg Family Center founders and immigrant couple who, despite their modest means, opened their home to thousands of orphaned children throughout their lifetime. Thomas Lynch will tell you of his time as the president of baseball’s National League during its stormy formative years. You will meet First Lieutenant Meta Golab, who served her country bravely as an Army Nurse during WWII. The tour will end with a more contemporary figure, Art Unaris, owner of Capitol Lunch for 45 years during which he transformed it into a permanent cultural fixture of New Britain.

“This whole event is possible because of the partnership created between the Parks and Recreation Department, the Fairview Cemetery Commission, Veterans Commission and Central Connecticut State University History Department,” said Bill DeMaio, Director of New Britain Parks and Recreation Department. “People are invited to come down to Fairview, enjoy some cider and popcorn and learn about some of the individuals that really standout in New Britain history.”

The Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting reservations for scheduled tours from 6-9:15 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery. Appropriate for ages 7 and up, tickets are $12 p/p. Group tours of 15 will depart every fifteen minutes with the last one leaving at 8:30 p.m. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. The evening ends with a courtesy hot beverage (coffee, hot chocolate, cider) and popcorn. All proceeds go to fund the restoration of Erwin Chapel.

“Timeless Tales is not the haunted hayride event that people see during the time around Halloween,” said Mayor Timothy T. Stewart. “It’s a chance for families to spend time together, do something new and creative, and learn about some legendary New Britain figures at the same time.”