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The Woodlawn Cemetery will offer the following events:

September 13: Bardekova Ensemble Concert, 2 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. This outstanding five-piece quintet (clarinet, bassoon, French horn & oboe) will be playing classical favorites and tributes to those in Woodlawn’s care. This Bronx-based ensemble was established over 25 years ago. Admission is free and this performance is funded through grant support from the Bronx Council for the Arts.

September 16: End of Life Planning Workshop, 7 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. Team of Family Service Counselors works with you to discuss the issues that face all of us as we make plans for ourfinal resting place. Learn how to make all the necessary arrangements to relieve the stress and confusion that naturally arises during a family’s time of need. Admission is free. For additional information, call (718) 920-1463, ext 252.

September 19: Biographer’s Group, 2 p.m., Jerome Gatehouse. Researchers, historians and genealogists are welcome to participate in the Woodlawn Biography Project, an initiative to create an online database that shares the life stories of those in Woodlawn’s care. Participants can access records, learn how to write a biographical sketch, and share their research. Volunteers are welcome, and there is no participation fee. For information about the Woodlawn Biography Project call (718) 920-1463, ext 235.

September 20: Woodlawn’s Lost Symbols Tour, 2 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. Among those in Woodlawn’s care are members of the Freemasons. This tour takes you to the final resting places of many celebrity Masons including: Composer Irving Berlin, Magician Alexander Herrmann, Jazz Great Duke Ellington and Store Magnate James Cash Penney. Featured on the tour are the memorials filled with the symbolism of the Freemasons and a guide to their meaning.

September 27: Jazz Greats of Woodlawn Tour, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. From the dawn of the Jazz Age, celebrated figures from the music world came to Woodlawn. Florence Mills, W.C. Handy, Coleman Hawkins and King Oliver are among the jazz pioneers on this tour. Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet and Max Roach are remembered with unique monuments in Woodlawn’s famous jazz corner.

October 4: Hispanic Heritage Tour, 2 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. Those who fought for freedom during the era of Jose Marti, celebrated figures in the world of entertainment, and the entrepreneurs who connected the Caribbean to New York through commerce are featured on this tour. Stops include the mausoleum of Celia Cruz, the gravesites of Carmen Mantilla and Ambrosio Gonzales, and the memorial to sculptor Charles Lopez.

October 10 and 11: Open House New York, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. Woodlawn participates in this citywide event by opening up 12 private mausoleums to the public. Join us on our walking tour, where you can get an inside view of extraordinary mosaics, fabulous stained glass and private resting places created by some of New York’s most notable architects and artists.

October 17: Biographer’s Group, 2 p.m., Jerome Gatehouse. Researchers, historians and genealogists are welcome to participate in the Woodlawn Biography Project, an initiative to create an online database that shares the life stories of those in Woodlawn’s care. Participants can access records, learn how to write a biographical sketch, and share their research. Volunteers are welcome, and there is no participation fee. For information about the Woodlawn Biography Project call (718) 920-1463, ext 235.

October 18: Animal Lovers Tour, 2 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. Dr. Samuel Johnson, the founder of the nation’s oldest pet cemetery, is quietly at rest among many of his famous lot owners. Participants will visit the final resting places of many famous animal lovers including Irene Castle, Kate Harbeck and the Catersons, who built the War Dog Memorial at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.

October 21: End of Life Planning Workshop, 7 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. Our team of Family Service Counselors works with you to discuss the issues that face all of us as we make plans for our final resting place. Learn how to make all the necessary arrangements to relieve the stress and confusion that naturally arises during a family’s time of need. Admission is free. For additional information, call (718) 920-1463, ext 252.

October 25: Autumn Leaves Tour, 2 p.m., Webster Avenue Entrance. Join Bernie Glinski, Woodlawn’s tree expert, on a walk through the cemetery when the leaves are at their autumn peak. See several of the “Great Trees of New York” and the variety of new species donated through the Million Trees NYC program.

October 29, 30, 31 and November 1: History and Mystery Tours, 6 p.m., Jerome Avenue Gate. Spend a spooky evening in the cemetery learning about the legends of Woodlawn. This perennial favorite takes you to the sculpture of “the Bride,” the graves of notorious figures and the monuments that share the tales of tragic events. Flashlights required!

November 8: Westchester Legacy Tour, 2 p.m., from the Gould Circle. Many of Westchester County’s historic figures came to the Woodlawn Cemetery to spend eternity. Share an afternoon with several Westchester historians and Frank Sanchis, author of Westchester County Architecture.

November 14: Biographer’s Group, 2 p.m., Jerome Gatehouse. Researchers, historians and genealogists are welcome to participate in the Woodlawn Biography Project, an initiative to create an online database that shares the life stories of those in Woodlawn’s care. Participants can access records, learn how to write a biographical sketch, and share their research. Volunteers are welcome, and there is no participation fee. For information about the Woodlawn Biography Project call (718) 920-1463, ext 235.

November 15: Author’s Talk, 2 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. America’s Girl: The Incredible Story of How Swimmer Gertrude Ederle Changed the Nation Author Mary Ederle Ward talks about her new book on the first woman to swim the English Channel. Admission is free, books will be available for sale, the author will sign copies and refreshments will be served.

November 18: End of Life Planning Workshop, 7 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. Our team of Family Service Counselors works with you to discuss the issues that face all of us as we make plans for our final resting place. Learn how to make all the necessary arrangements to relieve the stress and confusion that naturally arises during a family’s time of need. Admission is free. For additional information, call (718) 920-1463, ext 252.

December 12: Biographer’s Group, 2 p.m., Jerome Gatehouse. Researchers, Historians and Genealogists are welcome to participate in the Woodlawn Biography Project, an initiative to create an on line database that shares the life stories of those in Woodlawn’s care. Participants can access records, learn how to write a biographical sketch and share their research. Volunteers are welcome and there is no participation fee. For information about the Woodlawn Biography Project call (718) 920-1463, ext 235.

December 16: End of Life Planning Workshop, 7 p.m., Woolworth Chapel. Our team of Family Service Counselors works with you to discuss the issues that face all of us as we make plans for our final resting place. Learn how to make all the necessary arrangements to relieve the stress and confusion that naturally arises during a family’s time of need. Admission is free. For additional information, call (718) 920-1463, ext 252.

Admission for walking tours is $10 for Adults, $5 for seniors and students. Children under six are free.

Reservations are recommended. For directions, information or to make a reservation, contact the Friends of Woodlawn at (718) 920-1470 or friends@thewoodlawncemetery.org.

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