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Dickens on The Strand Festival
By Jim and Lynda Guidry with additional photos by Juan Peña and Garrett Bryce
Saturday, December 04, 2010

photos by Jim and Lynda GuidryPhotos by Jim and Lynda Guidry

The 37th annual Dickens on the Strand Victorian Holiday Festival attracted large crowds to Historic Downtown Galveston.

Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones was enthusiastic as crowds began to build on Saturday.
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"It's a great day," Jones said.  "The weather is beautiful, we have a wonderful turnout, we've had a lot of advance ticket sales so we're real excited.  Looks like a great Dickens for 2010."

Former Galveston Mayor Jan Coggeshall was also impressed with the turnout. 
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"There is so much entertainment and the people are here, crowds, Coggeshall said.  I think it is a good crowd and lots of things to buy, so  to me this is as good a Dickens as we've ever had."

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Current Galveton Mayor Joe Jaworski and his children rode in a carriage with honored guest Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great-daughter of Charles Dickens.
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Queen Victoria, played again this year by Anne Boyd, was a major attraction at the Queen’s Parade. 
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There were large crowds at Pier 22, where the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa was the centerpiece of the London Wharf exhibit.
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"If you think about it, we have the only true Victorian artifact in all of Galveston," said Jamie White, director of the Texas Seaport Museum. "We have a lot of Victorian architecture, but it is all American Victorian architecture."

Photos by Garrett Bryce

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The Dickens on The Strand festival concluded on Sunday.

Click Here for information on the various events at the festival.

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