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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.

For more information on the event and to make reservations, call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570/253-3240, or email, or visit to order online.

2012 calendar of events:

May 5, Annual Clean Up, Towpath to Trail Project Property
May 26, murder trial dinner theater
June 2, Old Stone Jail Open House
June 10, Spring Bus Trip – D&H Canal and Gravity Railroad
June 24, Secret Garden Tour and Bethel School Open House
July 7, Old Stone Jail Open House
July 22, Bethel School Open House
August 3 to 11, noon to 8 p.m. J B. Park Farm Museum
August 4, Old Stone Jail Open House
August 8, Stourbridge Lion Anniversary
August 26, Bethel School Open House
September 1, Old Stone Jail Open House
October 13, 2nd Annual Old Stone Jail & Bail
October 20, Annual Awards Dinner
November 24, Annual Holiday Open House
First Wednesday of the month, Tastes of Wayne County.