Dinner For Two Among The Dead

The newspaper insert invited Clevelanders to “Spend an evening with the President and First Lady in a most unusual place.” How unusual? The return address on the attached reply card was The Lake View Cemetery Association.
The insert is part of a continuing effort from Cleveland shop Olson and Gibbons to reposition Lake View Cemetery as “Cleveland’s outdoor museum.”
The insert invites readers to submit a short essay on why they would like to spend an evening dining by the Garfield Monument, where President James A. Garfield and his wife were laid to rest.
The contest’s winner and a guest will be escorted on a “scenic ride through the 285-acre grounds” before reaching the balcony of the massive, 108-year-old monument “with its breathtaking views of downtown and the lake.”
The couple will then enjoy an elegant seven-course dinner catered by The Baricelli Inn while an ensemble from the Ohio Chamber Orchestra plays.
–Scott Hume