OLD CEMETERIES SOCIETY Walking Tours 1994 Tours are at different locations each week as noted, with tours at RBC (Ross Bay Cemetery) always on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. RBC tours assemble at Bagga Pasta in Fairfield Plaza, opposite the cemetery at 1516 Fairfield Rd. For detailed directions to the other cemeteries, call 598-8870. Admission to tours is $5.00 for non-members and $2.00 for members. All proceeds help the research, preservation and teaching activities of the Old Cemeteries Society. All tour guides are volunteers. May 15 RBC. Murder Most Foul, Part II (RBC). The 2nd part of this thriller series will shock those who think Victoria has a staid past. Some new murders to add to the old favorites from past years. Extra guides for this popular tour. May 22 Murder Most Foul, Part III (Veterans Cemetery). Some of our early soldiers and sailors met brutal endings, but not on the battlefield. A different look at one of Victoria's most picturesque cemeteries, in the middle of Gorge Vale Golf Course, access off Colville Rd., Esquimalt. May 29 RBC. Point Ellice Bridge Disaster. Glenn Perlstrom talks about some of the 55 victims who died May 1986, in North America's worst public transit accident. June 5 RBC. Metis Wives of Fort Victoria. Dr. Sylvia Van Kirk, author of Many Tender Ties, will visit the graves of Lady Douglas and many other women of mixed blood. June 12 Jewish Cemetery. Learn about Jewish burial customs and the history of BC's oldest operating cemetery. Fernwood and Cedar Hill Rd. June 19 RBC. City Fathers. Mayor Bob Cross will conduct this 6th annual Fathers Day tour to graves of some of Victoria's former mayors. Always a favourite. June 26 Chinese Cemetery. At this beautiful seaside setting see one of Canada's largest mass graves and learn about Chinese funerary customs from Charlayne Thornton-Joe. July 3 to Sept. 4 Gossip in the Graveyard. Three tours a week at Ross Bay Cemetery. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Excellent entertainment for visitors and residents alike. Meet at Bagga Pasta. Sept. 11 St. Stephens Churchyard. The fall schedule of Sunday afternoon tours begins at this rural enclave, a true gem of history and charm beside BC's oldest operating church. At the end of St. Stephens Rd., off Mt. Newton Cross Rd. Sept. 18 RBC. The Blushing Bride. Elaborate society weddings of the Victorian era will be the theme, described in vivid detail by Sheila Daly. Sept. 24-25 Field Trip to Roslyn, Washington. A two day excursion by bus to the town where TV's "Northern Exposure" is filmed, also the site of many of the Pacific Northwest's most amazing cemeteries. See reservation sheet for details. Oct. 2 RBC. Capital Characters. Well-known author and historian. T. W. Paterson delves into his files to spin tales of the colourful flotsam and jetsam of Victoria's society. Oct. 9 Women's History, Part I (Royal Oak Burial Park). The first of a three part series to mark Women's History Month will visit the graves of Nellie McClung and many other women. Meet at the main gate, 4673 Falaise Dr. Oct. 16 RBC. Women's History, Part II (RBC). Agnes Deans Cameron, Hannah Maynard and Margaret Jenkins are some of those whose graves will be visited by Yvonne Van Ruskenveld. Oct. 23 Women's History, Part III (Pioneer Square). Discover some of the interesting details about the lives of women in colonial Victoria. Meet at the corner of Quadra St. and Rockland Ave. beside Christ Church Cathedral. Oct. 30 RBC. Annual Ghost Walk. Always our most popular tour (350 attended last year!) so we will have five guides at two separate times to keep groups small: 1 pm and 3 pm, leaving from Bagga Pasta. Halloween attire not required. Nov. 6 RBC. Victoria's Aristocrats. Valerie Green has just finished her book by this name and will lead a tour to the graves of the cream of Victoria's society. Nov. 13 Chinese Cemetery. At this beautiful seaside setting see one of Canada's largest mass burials & learn about Chinese funerary customs from Charlayne Thornton-Joe. Nov. 20 RBC. From Hayward's Funeral Files. Len Gallo, Manager of BC's oldest operating funeral company, discusses funeral customs and stories about many former clients. Nov. 27 Christ Church Cathedral Crypt. Tour the cathedral, then descend beneath the nave into the columbarium, led by its Curator, Barbara Frame. Meet inside the left main door. Dec. 4 RBC. Kaboom! Tales of the "Exploding Fisherman" and other deaths caused by dynamite, cannons, guns and other explosions, narrated by Glenn Perlstrom. Today is the feast of St. Barbara, the patron saint of gunners. Dec. 11 RBC. Annual Christmas Tour. Humorous, sad and happy true stories from old-time Christmas in Victoria in the words of many pioneers, recounted by John Adams. The tour program will resume at RBC on Sunday February 19, 1995. Schedules are sent to all OCS members, or call 384-0045 for information. JOIN US ON ONE OF OUR EXCITING & INFORMATIVE FIELD TRIPS Roslyn, Washington Weekend, September 24-25 Roslyn is a picturesque, historic coal mining town on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass, now "Cicily" for TV's "Northern Exposure" series. We will leave by charter coach on Saturday morning Sept. 24 and return Sunday evening. The Roslyn cemeteries are the most interesting in the Pacific Northwest and are the main object of the excursion, but there will be free time to explore Roslyn and we will make a few brief rest stops at interesting places en route. OCS members $120; non-members $140 (double occupancy). Deadline: Sept. 5. (Note: tour costs do not include meals) ABOUT THE OLD CEMETERIES SOCIETY For information about OCS walking tours, special tours, school or other group tours, other OCS programs or information about the society leave a message on our office telephone at 598-8870 or write to us at: Old Cemeteries Society, Box 40115, Victoria, B.C., V8W 3N3 Members of the society receive discounts on tours, may attend monthly meeting, participate in committees, and receive a semi-annual newsletter, STORIES IN STONE. Membership is $15.00 for one year, $10.00 for seniors and students. We welcome your support.