Tales & Tours at the cemetery

Austin sculptor Cat Quintanilla will demonstrate head stone carving on Saturday, Oct. 28 as part of the annual San Marcos Cemetery Tales and Tours, hosted by the Heritage Association of San Marcos and the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery.

Quintanilla was born in 1954 in Austin, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas. She now works full time in her Central Texas carving studio producing large and small-scale natural stone sculptures. Her sculptures have received recognitions around Texas, including being honored as an outstanding Texas woman artist and community leader in the Austin History Center 101 Voces de Latinas program.

In addition to Quintanilla’s demonstrations, the event will feature Texas State University and San Marcos Academy drama students portraying notables from the city’s history. Thirty minute tours begin every 15 minutes from 3 – 5 p.m. at the San Marcos Cemetery, 1001 Ranch Road 12.

Tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for students. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance online.

Sponsors of the event include Frost Bank, Thomason Funeral Home, Theodore and Thea Dake, Jane Hughson, McCoy’s Building Supply, Pennington Funeral Home and Wake the Dead Coffee House. Event organizers also thank the Cemetery Commission, city of San Marcos Parks and Recreation, First United Methodist Church and the San Marcos Academy for their support.

Proceeds from Tales and Tours help the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery to fund improvements to the cemetery. Over a 10-year period, for example, the Friends spent almost $100,000 on tree care and ball moss removal. They spent thousands of dollars more on landscaping, flags and flag poles, construction of a toilet, and for arborist services.

The next major project of The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery focuses on beautifying the secluded Roberts Section. The site has many unmarked graves of early area residents and indigent travelers. The project involves landscaping the hillside area and researching the lives of people buried there.

The Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and donations are tax-deductible. More information on the event is available online. For general information, call 512-353-1943.

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