Celebration in the Cemetery

Celebration in the Cemetery

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, St. Joseph, MI

Friday, November 2, 2018, 6:00pm

Celebration in the Cemetery? Yes – absolutely.  Join the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center as they co-host a community cultural event Celebrando el Dia de los Muertos, Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI.

El Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday honoring and festively celebrating family members who have died.  Friday’s event will include a wide range of entertainment options including authentic Mexican cuisine, specialty beverages, live mariachi band music, “pop-up” markets, dancing, and raffle prizes.

Following the Mexican custom, an on-site “cemetery” will allow patrons to display photos of their loved ones who have passed. The event is family friendly with entertainment options for children that include crafts, face painting, and a screening of Coco.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Cash bar. Tickets are available online at smso.org, or by calling the SMSO at 269-982-4030 or The Heritage Museum at 269-983-1191.

A limited number of raffle tickets are being sold for $50 each. Prizes offered include a week stay in Cabo San Lucas, an authentic Mexican dinner for ten, a Whirlpool product, and a Family Night Fun Pack.


The Symphony and Heritage Museum & Cultural Center are only able to provide these events with support from our community.  While that support takes many forms, we are particularly grateful to our sponsors for this event: Starks and Menchinger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Meryle Merritt in Memory of Lawrence Merritt, and the John Devries Insurance Agency.


For more information, please contact the SMSO office at 269-982-4030 or the Heritage Center at 269-983-1191.


For press inquiries regarding the event, please contact Gloria Ender at 269-925-3733 or gloria@freedomfinishing.com, Sue Kellogg at the SMSO 269-982-4030, sue@smso.org or Elizabeth Andrews and The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 269-983-1191, eandrews@theheritagemcc.org

Tequila and Tamales Raffle - Drawing November 2, 2018 at 8:30pm. Need not be present to win.

Raffle Ticket Price: $50  (Available for purchase at SMSO or HMCC)


1)      One week stay at Hacienda Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2)      “Mexican Night at the Ender’s” - Authentic Mexican Dinner for 10

3)    Whirlpool product

4)      Family Night Fun Pack Including

a)      CMW 4 pack tickets to Aladdin

b)      SMSO 4 pack tickets to the December 8 Holiday Concert 

c)       St. Joseph Lighthouse Tour and Climb to Lantern Room

d)      Silver Beach Carousel tokens


About the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The SMSO has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of our community since 1951. We strive to cultivate and inspire a diverse audience through professional musical experiences. We embrace the responsibility to be a dynamic and vibrant part of southwest Michigan by offering innovative programming, broader venues and increased educational opportunities, while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness. Your participation and support is vital to our mission of Transforming Lives Through Music.


About The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center

We all need a place that tells our stories of accomplishments, mistakes and dreams; a place that shares how our community came to be what it is today and why we live the way we do.  We need somewhere that inspires us to keep our story going. The Heritage Museum is our remembering place in St. Joseph, Michigan, housing our area’s history, its artifacts and archival collections and a research library. The mission of the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is to engage the public in a vibrant organization that promotes historical preservation, education and research that relates to Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and the surrounding region. We seek to inspire our visitors to make a personal and emotional connection to the past by providing on-going historical exhibits and programs that enable all persons to see their present and future more clearly.


Heritage Museum & Cultural Center (HMCC)              

600 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 


Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (SMSO)

513 Ship St., St. Joseph, MI

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