Performing arts fundraiser set for Saturday
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 26, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For those who bought their tickets by the deadline yesterday, “Dining With the Dearly Departed,” which will take place Saturday evening at East End Cemetery, will be a trip through Cadiz history guided by several memorable town characters. The event was organized by board members for the Janice Mason Art Museum to raise money for performing arts, such as next year’s musical and the upcoming production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which will have auditions on Oct. 2 and 3.

The project was spearheaded by the people who were on the SCAPP (Schools-Community-Arts-Parents-Partnership) committee that secured a grant through the Kentucky Arts Council that helped fund last summer’s “Seussical: The Musical” and this year’s “The Wiz.” Portia Ezell, the director of those shows, said that she and several of her friends had attended several cemetery walks similar to their idea for “Dining,” and had wanted to do one for years. She said that she and Paul Fourshee walked around the cemetery with Ed Headley, who had a wealth of stories about the various people who were buried there. After touring the place for a while, they narrowed down the possibilities to five individuals and a married couple. After a $15 box supper, attendees will tour the cemetery, guided by those who are buried there.

Wayne and Pam Goolsby will play Thomas and Mary Grinter. Thomas, Ezell said, moved to Trigg County from Logan County in 1842 with two dollars in his pocket. By 1884, he was the richest man in Trigg or Christian County and also Trigg County’s first millionaire. He owned several stores in town and was also known for being the only person in Trigg County who voted for Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election.

Smitty P’Pool will play Duncan McBride, whom Fourshee described as a “jack of all trades.” He said that McBride was known as sort of the town handyman and did odd jobs for lots of people. Fourshee said that lots of stories have circulated about McBride over the years and that many of them may just be local legend, but that he would hate to see any of them proven false. One of the best-known stories about McBride was that he found the lake that has rumored for many years to be under the courthouse.

Nell Marshall will be playing the role of Ruth Humphries. Humphries won an essay contest in 1946 when she was 48 years old (and still known as Ruth Piercy, since her first husband died in 1930) called “Cinderella for a Day.” For the prize, she got to go to New York City and appear on the radio. Sometime after that appearance, the Hopkinsville station WHOP asked her to do a show about the news from Cadiz. She agreed to the offer, but didn’t want to drive to Hopkinsville on a regular basis, so the station agreed to let her broadcast from her house. Her show was called “Cinderella’s Cottage,” which she hosted for 22 years. She was married to Charlie Humphries, who died in the early ‘60s, and was also one of the original investors of WKDZ.

Hawkins Teague, the writer of this story, will be playing Bradley Kinkade Hargrove. Ezell said Hargrove used to do odd jobs for her father, Burt Aldridge, Sr., and even lived in his car in their driveway for a time. She said her father offered to help him find a more permanent place to stay, but that he seemed to be content with where he was, although he would sometimes sleep in the basement during the winter.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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