Spring Cleanup - 2019 - Cemetery is in good shape. No Spring cleanup is scheduled.
Fall Cleanup - 2019 - Date to be announced. Bring your leaf rakes and gloves to help remove all the leaves that will be on the ground. Completed.
ONGOING MAINTENANCE: Grave markers that have fallen down continue to be reerected with volunteer labor. This activity will restart in the Spring. We had a great year in 2018 with our experienced helpers. Part way through the year the team decided to reset stones two times a month instead of just once a month. Becasuse of this, we are making better progress toward our goal of getting all of the fallen and tilting stones standing upright. We meet every second and fourth Thursdays at the cemetery from 8:00am till noon. Everyone is welcome to participate. A startup date for Spring will be announced later.
Details are still being finalized, but following is a list of our anticipated events. More details will be shared as they become available. For up to the minute information call Kathleen Lutz at 717-684-7841.,
Still Life at Mount Bethel
Friday April 26 5PM – 8PM
Sunday April 28 2PM – 4PM
Art created by the late Rosemary Horn Robinson will be on display. Light refreshments will be available while we study the work of still life created by one of Columbia’s own artists and while we consider that there’s still life on these grounds. The exhibit will be held at Mount Bethel Cottage, 700 Locust Street, Columbia
The Last Ride & Macabre Creations
Saturday May 18 11AM – 3PM
Rain Date: Sunday May 19 11AM -3PM
The grounds of Mount Bethel will come to life when professional vehicles gather for a unique cemetery-car-related show. The display of hearses, flower cars and more will be complemented by vendors featuring crafts and macabre creations. Contact Jane Moore (717-575-9760) for more information or to register vehicle or vendor space.
Dying Arts and Spirits
Friday June 28, 2019 6-8pm Rain Date Sunday June 30, 2019 2-4pm.
Tap into your creative side at this paint and sip event.
Fête en Noir
Friday September 13 5PM – 9PM
Rain Date September 14 5PM – 9PMAn outdoor picnic held on the grounds of Mount Bethel Cemetery, our Fete en Noir will be a unique combination of elegance and casualness. Those in attendance are asked to dress in black, if possible, for this Friday the 13th gathering which will be held from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. Music for listening or dancing is included in the $15 per person fee, but those who attend should bring their own picnic basket with food and beverages. Tables and chairs may be reserved for this event. Contact Claire Storm ( or Jane Moore (717-575-9760) for reservations or more information
Wreaths Across America
Saturday December 14 Noon
Mount Bethel Cemetery participates in this national program to honor veterans. Wreaths are sponsored by local individuals and organizations through Wreaths Across America. A ceremony, which begins at noon, is followed by placement of wreaths on identified veteran graves by community volunteers and wreath sponsors. Support Mount Bethel Cemetery by purchasing a wreath on the Wreaths Across America website.
These events are coordinated by Friends of Mount Bethel Cemetery, a 501 (c) 3.
Board of Directors meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at noon at the cemetery cottage.
Next meeting is May 8, 2019.