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Dickens on the Strand 2008
Galveston Historical Foundation Continues the Tradition
by Jim Guidry
Friday, December 05, 2008

GuidryNews.com archive photos of the 2007 Dickens on the Strand

Dickens on The Strand, a 35-year-old Victorian holiday festival, will be held this weekend despite extensive flood damage by Hurricane Ike to the historic downtown where the festival is held. The festival will be reduced in scope because of Ike-related obstacles, but Galveston  Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones said it was important to continue the tradition.

“Now more than ever we need our Dickens on The Strand Festival to take place,” Jones said. “Our downtown businesses are all facing extensive flood remediation right now.

The event will be scaled down from previous years, but Events Director Clay Wade said that it will be among the best.

"We've been giving a lot of thought over the last few years to bringing Dickens back to where it started," Wade said. "We wanted to bring back the sort-of homespun aspect that everybody enjoyed. "Little did we know that Ike would help us do that."

Gates to the festival will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with parades at 3 p.m. The parades are described in the GHF literature:

"Her Majesty Queen Victoria, escorted by a colorful guard of Beefeaters in her own royal parade, greets her subjects both festival days from an elegant horse-drawn carriage draped with garlands. Others joining the procession through historic downtown Galveston include skirling bagpipe bands, a host of costumed characters and Victorian attired ladies and gentlemen, on foot and riding in decorated carriages and on horseback."

Events tonight include the Traditional Dickens Feast at the historic Garten Verein Pavilion; Handbell Concerts at St. Joseph Church, the oldest German Catholic Church in Texas and the oldest wooden church building in Galveston; and Christmas By Candlelight at the 1838 Menard House, 1605 33rd Street.

English Country Breakfasts will be served on Saturday at the Ashton Villa Ballroom and on Saturday evening the Dickens Holiday Ball will be held at the Garten Verein Pavilion.

Guidry News Service is a media sponsor of Dickens on The Strand.  For GuidryNews.com coverage of the festival Click Here






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