Spring at Oakland CemeteryNow that Spring is here and warmer weather has settled in, it’s the perfect time visit Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. Here’s a list of some of the ongoing and upcoming events.

Trees Atlanta and the Historic Oakland Foundation are hosting the second annual Oakland Shindig on Saturday, March 27. This fun evening includes live music, fabulous refreshments and a silent auction. The event will take place from 6  – 9 p.m. at Trees Atlanta, with proceeds benefiting Oakland’s ongoing landscape and restoration efforts. Trees Atlanta is located at 225 Chester Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316. Parking is free and onsite. Guests are invited to wear smart casual attire. Tickets include two drink tickets and are $50 per person.

Calling all volunteers: 2nd Saturdays present volunteers with the opportunity to assist with general landscaping duties, with a focus on gardening with historic and native plants in a landscape shaped by Victorian traditions and sensibilities. Emphasis is placed on garden areas and varies depending on the season. This volunteer opportunity occurs every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (November – March) and 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (April – October). Twenty-five to fifty volunteers are needed each Saturday (although larger groups are always welcome). The minimum age is to volunteer is 14 and 14-18 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The Historic Oakland Foundation presents its Lecture Series from April through September. Wine and cheese is served in the Bell Tower at 5:00 p.m. and the guest speaker begins the lecture at 5:30 p.m. A selection of tours will follow each lecture at 6:30 p.m. The entire evening is free for current members of the Historic Oakland Foundation. For non-members, the cost is $15. Reservations are necessary. Seating is limited.

Weekend guided walking tours are available now through Nov. 28. Guests will learn about the period gardens, history, customs, architecture, and art that give Oakland Cemetery its distinctive character. Oakland is a museum of Atlanta’s history with more than 70,000 stories to tell – stories filled with victories and tragedies, both beautiful and stunning (including stories about Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson). All tours begin at the Visitors Center/Museum Shop located at the Bell Tower building and last about 1.5 hours. Oakland is excited to introduce two new tours this season: Odd Fellows, Red Men, Masons and More…Fraternal Organizations and Oakland Fear and Accusation: The Leo Frank Story.

For more information, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com. Sign up on Facebook to connect with Historic Oakland Cemetery. Follow Oakland on Twitter: www.twitter.com/oaklandcemetery.

Collin KelleyEditor

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.