day of dead

The Day of the Dead Festival will be held Oct. 28 at the Old Tehachapi Cemetery, located at 22047 Lilac St., Golden Hills.

Courtesy of Linda Wendell

The Tehachapi Heritage League is hosting its second annual Day of the Dead Festival at the historic Old Tehachapi Cemetery, located at 22047 Lilac St., in Golden Hills.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, there will be activities including music, dancing, face-painting, a silent auction and the opportunity to browse through colorful altars and shrines dedicated to the deceased. Wear your costumes, partake of the food booths and vendor stalls, and support improvements to the cemetery.

This year's poster art was originally created on discarded bowling alley wood by Monica Sowards, currently of Charleston, S.C. An avid traveler, she finds inspiration for her art both at home and abroad.

In her words, "Anything that visually goes against the grain of what art is typically considered to be intrigues me the most. Don't get me wrong, kittens and puppies are great, but I'd take an octopus or an armadillo any day of the week. I'm inspired by voodoo, the day of the dead, the afterlife, the deep sea, Halloween and creepy crawlies. There is a lot to be said for the unknown."

The public is invited to attend the festival, and admission will be free.

Linda Wendell is a resident of Bear Valley Springs.