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September 13, 2011 > A BBQ to Die For

A BBQ to Die For

Submitted By Heather Mellon

The San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery Friends Group is holding a "Barbeque to Die For" to raise funds for the historic cemetery at the corner of Hesperian Boulevard and College Street in San Lorenzo. The cemetery recorded its first burial in 1854 and holds 2,561 graves. Local burials of note include East Bay agricultural pioneers William Meek and John Lewelling.

In response to urgings by local citizens and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, the Friends Group was formed by Hayward Area Historical Society to develop a master plan for the site. The goal is to preserve this unique piece of East Bay heritage and make the grounds and historic information it represents more accessible. Funds are needed for restoring and protecting the grave markers and the landscape.

The "Barbecue to Die For" will be at Meek Park in Hayward and includes live music by Amelia Hogan performing with the Sharon Knight Trio, raffle prizes, a barbeque picnic, and an informational presentation about the cemetery. After the barbeque, attendees will head over to the nearby cemetery itself for a guided tour by Historical Society staff. All proceeds support the preservation of San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery. Tickets are $25; call (510) 581-0223 to purchase.

A BBQ to Die For
Saturday, September 17
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Meek Park Picnic Grounds (Meek Estate)
17365 Boston Road, Hayward
(510) 581-0223
Tickets: $25

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