The Friday My Town theme this week is Shooter’s Choice:
“Anything goes as long as it showcases your town.”
Can a walk around an old cemetery be said to showcase a town?!
If you doubt it – come along and see for yourself…
On a couple of occasions each summer an organized cemetery walk slash open air theatre takes place. These walks have become very popular and gather lots of spectators. This summer it took place on the cemetery closest to where I live. I missed the first “show” a few weeks ago, but luckily I was able to join when they gave a repeat performance last week.
This year they built the action around the fact that Borås is an old textile industry town.
So it all started with a seamstress in a textile factory, working on a special dress.
Then we had to make way for the arrival of a horse and carriage.
Fabrics were being collected, but the poor seamstress had not yet finished her dress, which was a special order for a special person and special occasion. So she was told she’d have to deliver that in person.
The director of one of the first famous textile industries came to inspect the work at his factory. The scene was set at his grave.
The founder of another famous company arrived by car; and the two gentlemen spent a while discussing different views of how best to run a factory and both be efficient and keep the workers happy.
Then the seamstress had to go off and deliver that dress, and we all followed her along.
On her way she met more persons from the past.
Like a nurse who took the initiative to build a children’s hospital.
Finally we arrived at a place where they were shooting a movie, and were told we all needed to be really silent – because it was a silent movie… haha. This was near the grave of someone who went to America and became a Hollywood film star back in the early days of silent movies – unfortunately I forget her name now!
(Did they have mobile phones in the early 1900’s? )
Anyway, it was for this movie star that the dress was made which was “the red thread” of the story… binding all those different scenes together. But in the end, of course the Film Star didn’t want the dress! Isn’t that just typical…!
* The End *