Wayne County Historical Society back in business; long list of events are planned
April 25, 2012 —
After being closed for the season since January 1, the Wayne County Historical Society building reopened on Saturday, April 21 with a flourish of events that will last through the summer and continue until the end of November.
Under the category of “Very Special” is a gala event planned for May 26, touted as a Dinner Theater with fine dining from the hands of “chef” Bob Zabady, owner of the Ellen Memorial Health Center, and the reenactment of a famous murder trial, called “Law and Order 1886, Murder on Bangall Road,” which will be part of an interactive dinner theater combining historic facts, drama, a feast and tours of the historic 1859 Old Stone Jail.
The event will be the chief fundraising event for the society. A combination of dinner and theater costs $75 per person, with theater only at $25 for adults and $10 for students. For a $20 donation, supporters will be listed as non-attending patrons.
“It all begins under a tent erected between the Dimmock Building and the Court House Annex on the corner of Ninth and Court streets,” said Sally Talaga, director of the society. Zabady’s repast will consist of prime rib, shrimp and other delicacies, she said.
Following the dinner, Sandy Gabrielson will direct a cast from the Ritz Company Players in an original drama based on the 1885 murder of Michael Reilly, a crime that led to the execution of James McCabe, the last man to be hanged in Wayne County.
After dinner, the revelers will move to the courtroom where
the original trial took place, and the audience will be encouraged to participate in the reenactment.
Only 130 seats are available for dinner, and reservations must be made by May 5.