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The historic Vinton Cemetery is packed with guests at the annual Grave Occasion living history event, held Sept. 21. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

A very grave occasion in Vinton

The Plumas County Museum Association held its highly anticipated annual fundraiser, Grave Occasion, on Sept. 21 with the Vinton Cemetery full of attendees amongst the historic headstones and whistling wind.

Many of the attendees at this year’s event were descendants of prominent settlers of the Sierra Valley area, with modern-day clans of Robertis, Ramellis and Maddalenas paying homage to family history, libations in hand.

Actors from the Plumas County Museum portrayed the featured historical “spirited notables” in full costume, evoking laughter and questions from many as they told “first person accounts” with aplomb in the late summer evening.

After taking turns rotating around the various sites, guests made the short trip to the Sierra Valley Grange Hall for a catered traditional Swiss-Italian dinner and silent auction.

Grave Occasion is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Plumas County Museum Association that travels to cemeteries around the county, bringing figures from the past to life for living history enthusiasts.

For more information, contact the Plumas County Museum at 283-6320 or visit plumasmuseum.org.

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