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‘Dinner with the Dead’ includes depiction of soldier’s demise

Participating in the recent Dinner with the Dead event held at Grace’s Restaurant were (left to right) Maggie Bammert as Ella Haskell; Tom O’Dea as Capt. Myron Dickinson; Debbie Toolan as Margaret Emerson; Dennis Martinez as Michael O'Connor; and Jim Corriveau as Marcus Russell. Attendees said the cast studied their roles well and presented their characters with flair and historical accuracy.

Participating in the recent Dinner with the Dead event held at Grace’s Restaurant were (left to right) Maggie Bammert as Ella Haskell; Tom O’Dea as Capt. Myron Dickinson; Debbie Toolan as Margaret Emerson; Dennis Martinez as Michael O'Connor; and Jim Corriveau as Marcus Russell. Attendees said the cast studied their roles well and presented their characters with flair and historical accuracy. Photo provided

— Take out the line, “Marcus Russell also has one of the largest and most impressive marble obelisk memorials.”

Marcus Russell is buried in the family plot beneath his family’s towering black granite monument located in the back of the old east side of the cemetery. His epitaph reads, “Loving generous and brave with out fear and without reproach.” The family’s faithful servant, Carrie Doring, lies near the boy she probably helped raise to manhood.

The Dinner with the Dead was truly a terrific evening, sadly marking the very last evening that Grace’s Pub would be open to the public before closing to the public.

The four other actors that evening also put on a marvelous acting performance, taking up the lives of the former Warrensburgh citizens that they portrayed. Tom O’Dea played Captain Myron Dickinson, Debbie Toolan played Margaret Emerson, Maggie Bammert played Ella Haskell, and Dennis Martinez played Michael O’Connor. Rita Ferraro and Rosemary Maher wrote up the research, and Paul Gilchrist was master of ceremonies.

Looking back at yesteryear, we cannot help but wonder who, 100 years or so from now, might some day be looking back at us.

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