14 September 2008

Cemetery for Cubs Fans

Chicago is not exactly a "southern" city, but I'm sure there are Cubs (you know, the baseball team) fans all over the U.S. I wonder if this could start a trend or fad? Read on for a few articles about the ground-breaking for a cemetery for fans of the Chicago Cubs.

"At last, a burial option for fans who live and die with the Cubs.
Cubs fans hoping for a World Series title before they die at least can be buried in a place that looks like Wrigley Field when they do.

Ground-breaking for "Beyond the Vines," an internment area that will be built to look something like the ballpark's ivy-covered brick center field wall, is scheduled for Friday morning at Bohemian National Cemetery on Chicago's Northwest Side, said Dennis Mascari, who purchased the plots to carry out the concept.

Mascari said several people already have contacted him about placing their loved ones in urns in what he calls the "eternal skyboxes" that will be available at the cemetery, 5255 N. Pulaski Rd.

"I'm trying to help with the bereavement process, because going through a cemetery -- cemeteries are beautiful, but they're still kind of gloomy," Mascari said. "I'm trying to change that process." READ MORE at Chicago Tribune

"Pushing Ivy?
By Benjy Lipsman
Marriage may be til death do us part, but apparently allegiances to one's baseball team last even longer. Which, we guess makes sense—how often does one hear of anybody abandoning their team for another? Even those Cubs fans who've lived close to a century without ever seeing a World Series title on the north side of town remain loyal forever to their Cubbies.

So perhaps we shouldn't find it so surprising that some have decided they need to be interred in a virtual replica of the "friendly confines." Dennis Mascari broke ground on Friday for his Beyond the Vines. He purchased a number of burial plots in Bohemian National Cemetery on the city's Northwest Side in order to construct what he calls "eternal skyboxes." The 35-foot-long, 14-foot-high brick memorial wall will be covered in ivy reminiscent of Wrigley's outfield wall and will include a stained glass window to evoke the park's scoreboard." READ MORE

"Cemetery Gives Cubs Fans Burial Site
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Ground was broken Friday for a burial site at a Chicago cemetery modeled after a portion of landmark Wrigley Field to accommodate die-hard Chicago Cubs fans."

Dennis Mascari said he chose to create "Beyond the Vines" at Bohemian National Cemetery for extremely loyal fans of the National League baseball team, whose stadium has an ivy-covered brick center field wall, the Chicago Tribune said Friday.

"I'm trying to help with the bereavement process, because going through a cemetery -- cemeteries are beautiful, but they're still kind of gloomy," Mascari said. "I'm trying to change that process." READ MORE

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