Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?
This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.
Dine with the Departed is a fundraiser hosted by the Osceola County Historical Society to help raise money to continue their mission. The event is designed to educate the public on the history of Kissimmee’s Rose Hill Cemetery and the influential people who now reside there.
From the dinner to the lantern lit tours, this event is one of the most unique I have ever attended. I always enjoy the look I receive when I mention that dinner and entertainment will take place inside of a cemetery.
When attending a unique experience like Dine with the Departed, you can expect the assistance of Boy Scout’s Troop 826 when parking your car. Making your way to the dining area, on the nicely paved walkway, you will notice white tents and white lighting. A smiling volunteer will then show you to the best area to place your first bid on a silent auction item (this is a fundraiser, after all!)
Tables and chairs are available within the tent, as well as two bars on each end for your convenience. The first part of the night consists of dinner, drinks, and auctions, with a little background music to keep you entertained. Once we have wrapped up the fundraiser portion, your assigned guide will lead you on a lantern lit tour of Rose Hill Cemetery. On this tour you will encounter 4 re-enactors, portraying some of Osceola’s “passed” residents, who will share a 2-3 minute monologue on their personal history and impact on the community.
If you are interested in experiencing dinner in the Rose Hill Cemetery, please sign up for the 2017 Dine with the Departed Dinner sponsored by Gatorland on March 11, 2017. Call 407-396-8644 x4 for more information.