The Gravediggers’ Ball @ Laurel Hill Cemetery

Anyone who’s driven down Kelly Drive has undoubtedly wondered about Laurel Hill Cemetery and their annual Gravediggers’ Ball – if only because they advertise it year-round. But it’s a huge yearly fundraiser for the very cool and mysterious cemetery near the banks of the Schuylkill.

And really, it is a pretty awesome fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 2 at Center City’s uber-classy Crystal Tea Room. In true Philadelphia fashion, the night’s theme is a tribute to Harry Kalas. Entertainment includes a silent and live auction as well as music from JELLYROLL, sketches from Simon Mauer and vintage photographs from Tsirkus Fotografika. Perhaps the coolest entertainment – that only a cemetery could pull off – is a visit from spiritual channel and medium Carolann Sano.

To be sure, it’s a classy black-tie (or costume!) event and it’s coming up soon – tickets are $150 a person. But it’s a Philadelphia tradition that’s worth keeping track of, and worth knowing about for its unique themes and entertainment.

Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gravediggers’ Ball
Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m

Crystal Tea Room
100 Penn Sq E, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-5100


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