It was a fairy tale wedding fit for the movies, when a young Columbus socialite married into Prussian royalty.

It was a fairy tale wedding fit for the movies, when a young Columbus socialite married into Prussian royalty.

Amelia May Parsons, whose father George McClellan Parsons was a wealthy state legislator, married Prince Ernst Manderup Alexander zu Lynar of Prussia at Trinity Episcopal Church May 16, 1871.

As the legend goes, the two visited Schiller Park as part of small ceremony, where the prince planted an oak tree to commemorate the end of the Franco-Prussian War.

When the tree came down a century later, it was replaced with another one by Friends of Schiller, a group that helps maintain the park.

Such historical remembrances will be part of the living history stations at the daylong bicentennial celebration Sept. 9 in Schiller Park.

The weekend festivities will start at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 8 with the lighting of the Schiller statue.

"Reading about history is educational, visiting historic sites is interesting, but watching history come alive is transformational," said Katharine Moore, chairwoman of Friends of Schiller Park.

Creative emphasis will be added by Actors' Theatre of Columbus, whose offices are located in the caretaker's cottage in the park. The troupe will perform scenes from the various eras of the park's history.

"All of the moments we're going to enact, all of the little scenarios, were chosen from significant moments in the life of Schiller Park," said John S. Kuhn, artistic director of Actors' Theatre.

"I think it will be a fun experience for the audience to understand the history of this really unique park in Columbus."

Other stations pay homage to:

* Columbus Oktoberfest, held in the park from 1966-1971.

* The Ohio State Fair (1864 and 1865). The display will include a pie-baking contest.

* Schiller statue, dedicated in 1888 after German poet, playwright, historian and philosopher Friedrich Schiller. The statue was re-bronzed in 1991.

* Umbrella Girl fountain (1996, with back story of a 1901 statue).

* Actors' Theatre of Columbus (founded in 1981). In addition to participating in the historic tree-planting, the theater troupe will perform scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream, its first performance in the Park

* Columbus Zoo (1877). The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will bring "ambassador animals" to the party.

* The Columbus Maennerchor, the oldest singing society in America (established in 1848). It moved into the Maennerchor building, now vacant and set for demolition, in 1921.

The choir will perform at the Schiller statue lighting and at the living history station.

"We cannot expect people to treasure these stories unless we retell them," Moore said.