by SHELLEY HENRY
Drama students from San Marcos High School will share stories about the early history of our town during the second annual Cemetery Walk from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the San Marcos Cemetery, 1001 Old Ranch Road 12.
The event, sponsored by the Heritage Association of San Marcos and the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, is open to the public. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students (children under 12 will be admitted free).
Fifteen students from Jack Moore’s drama class have been perfecting their scripts for several weeks now in preparation for the cemetery walk. The students will portray some of the early founders and settlers of San Marcos who are buried in the cemetery.
Tour guides will escort visitors past the various grave sites to hear the students, in period costume, tell about the individuals they represent. Tours will depart at intervals from the historic cemetery chapel.
Seniors Lucas Collier and Misty Glidewell will portray W.O. Hutchison and his wife, Leonora. “I hope visitors get a sense of local culture by learning about the characters from the past that we reenact,” Misty said. Lucas said he hopes the presentation will help others learn more about San Marcos and how settlers like Hutchison influenced its development.
Traci Tucker, a senior who also participated in last year’s walk, said she learned that Eliza Pope Pitts Malone was a strong woman who raised 28 children. “I hope the people attending the cemetery walk take away a better understanding and interest in the kind of people who settled their hometown and the impact they had on its foundation,” Traci said.
Sophomore Zoraida Vences, portraying San Jacinto veteran Walker Wilson, will have the chance to share her monologue with two of Wilson’s great-grandchildren and about ten more of his relatives who are planning to attend. The great-granddaughter said she is thrilled by the opportunity to honor her ancestor and learn more about his life and legacy.
In the 2012 cemetery walk, Charles Sparks portrayed Vicente Gonzalez, a veteran who was killed in Vietnam. This year, he is portraying Peyton Roberts, an African-American whose family lived on the site of the San Marcos Cemetery and eventually sold some of their property to the Cemetery Association. “I hope the attendees take away the fact that there was an African-American founding father in San Marcos,” Charles said. “The most enjoyable part of participating in these events for me is seeing how satisfied the groups are when they walk away.”
Another returning actor from last year’s walk is Ryan Rodriguez, who portrayed Jake Sullivan last year and will take on the role of Dr. David Dailey in this year’s event. “I’ve learned many things about this town’s important people in the past two years, and I’m more proud than ever to live in San Marcos,” Ryan said.
Other students taking part in the Cemetery Walk this year are Isabel Torres, Mathew Roark, Alexandra Burden, Marisa Covarrubias, Kyle Stapp, Melanie Gonzales, Melanie Warner, Mitchell McLeod and Simone Sanborn.
A research and planning committee composed of members of the Heritage Association and Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery has been working for several months to plan the “Echoes from Our Past: Early Settlers of San Marcos” Cemetery Walk. Advance tickets for the event are being sold daily at the First United Methodist Church office and on Nov. 1 at the Charles S. Cock House Museum during the Cottage Kitchen Luncheon from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Proceeds from the walk will be used to fund improvement projects at the San Marcos Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather, the reenactment will be staged at the LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 131 N. Guadalupe St. beginning at 3 p.m.
For information, visit sanmarcoscemetery.org or heritagesanmarcos.org or call 512-392-3552.Email | Print