HMI CELEBRATES PRESERVATION MONTH WITH THIRD MEANDER
Mesquite, TX…Historic Mesquite, Inc. and the Mesquite Community Theater are presenting the third Mesquite Meander, Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, again at Mesquite Cemetery. The event, which is a walk through the cemetery, is a chance to present a history lesson about the early residents who helped build our community in a fun, yet informative way.
Actors will be portraying nine characters on six stops. While docents will lead visitors to each stop, as it has been in the past, the guides will share more information from early newspaper clippings.
“Mesquite started as a railroad town, as we all know,” said Kelly Baird, event coordinator. “But the community also loved its newspaper, The Texas Mesquiter. Beloved merchant, R.S. Kimbrough started the presses in the town and eventually sold to Mr. John E. Davis, who followed in Kimbrough’s shoes as a state legislator. The newspaper, now known as The Mesquite News, is the oldest continuous community newspaper in this area and obviously had a huge impact on the dissemination of the news.
“For this reason, we’re paying homage to Mr. Davis and incorporating early Mesquite news items into the tour. It’s another way of highlighting the settlers and the happenings in the early town.”
The docents will start groups in 10-minute intervals for a total of 13 tours per night, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Each tour is held to no more than 16 people.
Tickets will go on sale March 15 and will remain the same price - $8 for adults 18 and up; $6 for students 12 to 17 years old and $4 for children, 8 to 11. The event is not age-appropriate for those under 7. Tickets may be purchased by credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover) by calling the Historic Mesquite office at (972) 216-6468. If mail order is preferred, please call the office to confirm a date and time before submitting a check, made out to the organization at PO Box 850137, Mesquite, TX 75185-0137.
All ticket sales are final and no rain dates will be scheduled. The cast and crew will make every attempt to perform the entire tour should the threat of rain arise (weather will be closely monitored). Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least five minutes before the tour is scheduled to start in order to form a line. Comfortable shoes are a must as the ground can be uneven at certain points.
Mesquite Cemetery, the resting place of many of the city’s pioneers, is located at 400 Holley Park Dr., just south of downtown. Although it was in use before the town was officially platted, the site was deeded for cemetery use in 1892. It received its historical designation in 2001. The performance is also dedicated to the memory of historian Virginia Lewis Chase.