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Songs, stories set for Saturday in Lehighton mausoleum

The Lehighton Area Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Lehighton Cemetery, announces its fall “Songs & Stories in the Mausoleum” event on Saturday.

The 90-minute program features “extraordinary stories of ordinary people” of Lehighton, honoring our veterans.

Stories will be presented by Kathy Long, and traditional folk music will be presented by Dave Matsinko, both of Lehighton.

“New this year, we are working with the Lehighton United Veterans Organization and not only honoring those who have departed, but those veterans who are alive and have lived through history,” Long said.

The musical program will explore American popular song during wartime, from the Revolutionary War through World War II, with a special presentation of taps.

The mausoleum is at the western end of the Lehighton Cemetery, which is located at Fourth and Alum streets, Lehighton. To accommodate for social distancing, there will be two shows, one at 3 p.m. and a repeat performance at 5 p.m. Masks are recommended. Parking is available directly next to the mausoleum.

For those who are not able to attend in person, a livestream of the program will be offered on the Lehighton Heritage Facebook page.

Tickets are a $10 donation to LAHA and advance tickets are recommended, as seating is limited.

Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, join the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/5yx4aZ7KA, call Kathy at 570-386-4542, text Lisa at 484-629-4729, or email lehightonheritage@gmail.com. Tickets can be reserved via PayPal @lehightonheritage https://bit.ly/3ySLNu0. Proceeds from the event benefit LAHA’s mission to preserve the history of Lehighton.

The mission of the Lehighton Area Heritage Alliance is to identify, preserve, promote, and educate the public about the historical legacy of Lehighton and the surrounding area.

Dave Matsinko and Kathy Long stand in front of the Lehighton Cemetery Mausoleum where the Fall Songs and Stories event will be held on Saturday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO