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Thursday, November 24, 2016

DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS 2016

WELLSBORO—Excitement is in the air as Wellsboro prepares for its 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration. For the Dec. 2-4 festival, the boulevards are lined with Christmas trees decorated with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wellsboro will step back into Victorian times. Closed to motorized traffic on Saturday only, Main, Crafton and Waln streets will be transformed into an early Victorian marketplace featuring delectable wares to eat and drink and colorful and skillfully crafted items to give as gifts or keep.

The town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day. Street entertainers and more than 150 outdoor food and craft vendors will be dressed in Dickens-era garb.

Visitors are encouraged to dress Victorian style too. Those who do are invited to meet at the Deane Center’s outdoor stage to take part in the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Victorian strolls led by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig and other characters from Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol.”

Anyone in Dickens’ apparel is invited to register at noon on Dec. 3 at the Deane Center’s outdoor stage to participate in the first Best Dressed Contest. Judging will be at 1 p.m. The winner will receive a gift basket and be invited to join the Fezziwigs in leading the 2 p.m. stroll.

Throughout the day, the Fezziwigs will host outdoor skits and entertainment and musicians, singers and dancers will perform as visitors meander the streets to shop and chat.

Restaurants and street vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, macaroni and cheese, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot roast beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, hot cider and coffee, sausage sandwiches, whoopee pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn and apple dumplings.

Craft vendors will offer hand carved Christmas trees, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, handmade powder horns, pottery, furniture, jewelry, specialty candles, hats and scarves, pet treats, heirloom Santas, stuffed animals and dolls, hand-turned wrought iron and wooden pieces and handcrafted leather bags. Fresh wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens will be available.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park and at 5:30 p.m. the Christmas tree lighting with caroling and Santa Claus will be on The Green.

On Friday only will be the Dickens Eve House Tour from 4-7 p.m. with visits to four historic homes. For tickets and tour information, stop in at the check-in station in the Deane Center lobby between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday indoor craft shows will be at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center, the Vesta Art and Craft Show & Sale will be at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center Friday through Sunday and the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex craft show will be open on Saturday only. Featured will be creations made by more than 80 indoor craft and art vendors.

Local churches will host a variety of indoor events on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3. Among them is Dickens of a Dinner, Dickens of a Breakfast with Father Christmas, lunches, concerts, a model train display and a cookie sale.

Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theaters on Saturday and a seventh on Sunday. The Arcadia Theatre is showing the holiday film classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For a finalized schedule & map of events, parking, ATMs and restroom facilities, visit www.wellsboropa.com, email info@wellsboropa.com, call 570-724-1926 or stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street.

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