Wine, cheese, books…gravestones?
Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., is starting “Tombs and Tomes,” a book club that will meet in the cemetery. According to the cemetery’s website, “we can’t imagine anything more fun, so we’re proud to debut a cemetery book club with a taste for the macabre.”
I think this is a great idea. I’m all in favor of ways to bring the living to cemeteries, aside from funerals. Let’s restore our cemeteries to the intent they had in the mid-19th century: a place for thoughtful reflection and quiet meditation, a place to escape the frenzy of our daily lives.
I haven’t attended a book club in a cemetery, but a few years ago I helped organize a reading at Glenwood Cemetery in Mankato. I think it’s time to do this again.
Congressional Cemetery is doing it right. Besides the book club, it is also hosting a food truck festival (!) and a “Dead Man’s Run.”
Now, to get my book on their book club list