Crematoriums and columbariums, oh my

You know it’s October when crematoriums are a cause for debate at Hayward City Hall and columbariums are a cause for celebration over at the Sun Gallery.

On Thursday, members of the Hayward Planning Commission decide if they think it’s a good idea to permit a crematorium (Note: this is PDF file) at the Mission Funeral Home along Mission Boulevard in north Hayward. You may or may not remember this debate from this week last year. Neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Kolm certainly do, and they wrote to me last night with the following:

No, this is not some kind of gross Halloween joke they have the go ahead from the Planning Commission and it looks like the citizens of Hayward may lose again.

Well, there won’t be any go-ahead at least until tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., when the commission holds a hearing about the crematorium at Hayward City Hall.

Two hours earlier and two blocks away, the Hayward Area Historical Society is hosting the lighter but equally morbid opening reception for its Dearly Departed exhibit. According to the society:

The exhibit is part of a collaborative effort with Sun Gallery and the McConaghy House held in conjunction with the East Bay Art Collaborative’s “Columbarium,” a Days of the Dead art installation by Fernando Hernandez, which runs from Oct. 11–Nov. 24 at the Sun Gallery. A section of Dearly Departed exhibit will also be on display at the Sun Gallery. Sun Gallery, located at 1015 E St., is open Thursday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

McConaghy House will be in traditional Victorian mourning to commemorate the death of the McConaghy’s son, Archie, in a tragic farming accident at the age of 27. Using articles from the Hayward Journal, the house has been rearranged for his funeral held in there in 1892. The McConaghy House is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. with guided tours. The last tour is at 3:30 p.m. There is an admission charge.

Whatever you do on Thursday and beyond, let the ghost of Mr. William Hayward be your guide: