Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn President Bill Clendaniel Retires | Page 24

People and Happenings A Warm Welcome and Celebration Visitors Center Opens An enthused group of people came to Mount Auburn on the rainy, cool weekend of May 3-4 for the official opening of the Visitors Center in Story Chapel. Two full days of activities in- cluded tours highlighting Mount Auburn’s history and heritage trees, nature sketching workshops for the whole family and a Bigelow Chapel Open House. Many people were paying their first visit to the Cemetery and were obviously pleased with the new center and with the opportunity to tour the often-closed Bigelow Chapel and see its dazzlingly restored north chancel window. Earlier, on March 6, more than 90 people attended the preview opening of the Center. Attendees included special guests from other historic cemeteries, the historical societies of both Cam- bridge and Watertown, art centers, people from the media, and Mount Auburn Trustees and Friends. After guests, hors d’oeuvres, and wine all circu- lated, Bill Clendaniel spoke of the years of toil and creativity by former Vice President Janet Heywood and current Director of Education & Visitor Services Bree Harvey that went into bringing the Center into existence. L to r: Trustees Kim Gluck, of Newton; Clemmie Cash, of Wellesley; and Bill Clendaniel Cemetery Trustee Oliver Scholle, of Chestnut Hill, MA 22 | Sweet Auburn Cemetery and Friends Trustee Widgie Aldridge, of Cambridge