The Oakland Historical Dinner Theater
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Presented By: Oakland Lutheran Church
1836 — The Oakland Dinner Historical DinnerTheater returns!
After an absence of three years, a dinner theater “of historic proportions” will return to Oakland Lutheran Church, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, 6:30 p.m., transforming an assembly room into The Oakland Inn of 1836.
A meal authentic to the era will be served, including beef, chicken, potatoes, apples and cabbage salad.
Cost is $15 if paid advance, and $20 if paid at the door. Seating is limited to 32 persons for each show. More than 40 shows were presented as 1831.
For reservations call Amy at 419-564-0190.
Paul Lintern, Oakland’s pastor, will recreate his character of Jacob Zeiters, innkeeper and purveyor of local and national stories to allow the audience to enter Richland County of the 1830s. “We had portrayed 1831 for nine years of annual productions, because that was the founding year of Oakland Lutheran Church,” Lintern says. “We thought that, after a few years away, we would make the next event a different year, one just as interesting.” It was the year of the Alamo, the first photo, a revolving pistol and the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
Locally, it was the year of the Ohio-Michigan War.“Michigan was ready to become a state, but there was a dispute over the boundary with Ohio, because of Toledo. Both militias formed and travelled to the Maumee River to fight it out. The fight was mostly with words,” Lintern says. Congress settled the dispute by keeping the Ohio border, but giving upper peninsula land to Michigan.
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