The second annual Angel Night, and the first collaborative event between Calvary Cemetery and the Carillon Park, attracted well over 1,000 people on November 29. Horse drawn carriages and cruising buses toured the fifteen illuminated Victorian Angels on Calvary’s grounds. Carillon Park decked their halls and opened their walls for rides on their new carrousel and sales of handmade gifts from local craftspeople. The museum shop was open offering a full variety of Christmas and Dayton History keepsakes. Music was everywhere, carolers and choirs performed at both locations. St Henry’s Memorial Chapel was warmed with the holiday music accompanied by a a baby grand piano.
According to event chairman Adam Ravestein, “Among the lessons learned by Calvary and Carillon organizers for the event next year are to double the number of shuttles going between the two places. The Calvary Cemetery Association Board of Trustees plans to do that as well as several other things to make the night even more fun for everyone”.
The 2013 date for Angel Night is Thursday, December 5. “A strong possibility exists that we will add a second night, Friday December 6, to the event. Many people are asking us to do that.”
“The partnership between Calvary and Carillon worked well” says Cemetery Superintendent Rick Meade. “We have a lot of ideas about how to expand our services next year to accomodate more people.”