What the Dickens is Going On?

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Yes, I know, it is not yet Thanksgiving. However, once Thanksgiving has arrived and you have feasted you fill of food, and the relatives have gone home again – or you have gone home again – the madness of preparing for Christmas will begin. So, why not enjoy a bit of Christmas early, in a leisurely fashion, before the crazy rush. Besides, you will very likely be able to find some of the gifts you will need at this festival as well.

On November 22nd and 23rd, the streets of Southport will be transformed into “everything Dickens” by the Brunswick Arts Council with the cooperation of the City of Southport. The arts council website explains it this way: “There will be singing groups, juried artists and specialty craftsmen; a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree and costume contest; and, of course, FOOD and FROTH. On display will be the new 48’ touring train exhibit from the Wilmington Train Museum and the very recent award winning exhibit “Fantasy under the Sea” by The Wood-turners. The popular high teas will again be served locally! Merchants and Restaurants in Southport will be poised for the increased activity that the festival brings their way. Trolley rides and fun for all ages! The event will end with “A Tribute to Charles Dickens Candlelight Ceremony and ringing and singing in the holidays!”

The official schedule looks like this:

Friday – November 22, 2013
6:30 to 8:30 Southport Community Building – 223 East Bay St.
6:30 – 8:30 Olde English Victorian Social Gathering under the Tent
 A Welcome by Festival officials
 Cash Pub; beer, wine, traditional cider
 Costume Contest voting – selection of winner at 7:15
 Victorian apparel is optional – but encouraged!
 Victorian music ensemble
 2013 Student artwork display
 Silent Auction items
 Dickens Festival Student Artwork holiday cards

7:30 – 8:30 2013 Dickens Musical Revue ($10 ticket, $5 children 7-12, 6 or less, free)
 Cash Pub remains open, beer and wine and traditional cider

Saturday – November 23, 2013
10:00 to 6:00 Franklin Square Park – 130 E. West St.
Pre-qualified (juried) artists and craftsmen and/or exhibitors sell their hand-made, one of kind creations. Food and froth for sale – some specialty selections!
10:00 to 1:00 Franklin Square Park – Children’s Contest – 130 E. West St.
Vote for your favorite Children’s Victorian Costume – selection of the winner at 1:00 on Franklin Square Park Stage, must be present to win
10:00 to 4:15 Southport Baptist Church, Christian Ministries Center (CMC) – Contests – Corner of Howe and Nash across the street from the church
View a Display of Christmas Trees/Wreaths/Gingerbread Houses
Vote for the best of show; selection of winners at 5:30 at Franklin Square Park Stage
Raffle of Christmas trees/wreaths to support the advancement of arts and culture in schools and the community must be present to win or to return to the festival Saturday evening to “fetch” your tree by 9pm
Raffle drawing at 5:30 at Franklin Sq. Park
Photo Ops on the grounds at Southport Baptist Church, Santa will be there most of the day! Bring your camera! 2013 Charles 

10:00 to 5:30 Gymnasium – Exhibits – Corner of Atlantic and E. West
Three exhibits in the Gymnasium ($3 ticket, no charge for children 12 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult, 21 years or older)
 Wilmington Railroad Museum Train Exhibit
 Wilmington Wood-turners Prize-winning exhibit “Fantasy of the Sea”. Best in show award in Florida
 Victorian Village collection

10:00 to 5:00 Franklin Square Park Stage – 130 E. West St.
Performances throughout the day for children and adults
Dickens Actors stroll through the park and merchant areas
10:00 to 12:15 Trinity United Methodist Church – Murrow Hall – Corner of Nash and Atlantic
Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball ($5 ticket, $3 children 7-12, 6 or less, free)
 10:00 to 10:30 performance #1
 10:45 to 11:15 performance #2
 11:30 to 12:15 performance #3

12:00 to 2:30 Southport Community Building – 223 E. Bay St.
12:00 – 2:30 Olde English Victorian Social Gathering under the tent
 A Welcome by Festival officials
 Cash Pub; beer, wine, traditional cider
 Costume Contest voting – announcement of winner at 12:45
 Victorian apparel is optional – but encouraged!
 Victorian music ensemble
 2013 Student artwork display
 Silent Auction items
 Dickens Festival Student Artwork holiday cards

1:00 – 2:00 2013 Dickens Musical Revue ($10 ticket, $5 children 7-12, 6 or less, free)
3:30 to 5:30 Southport Baptist Church – Sanctuary – 200 Howe St.
Performance by Susan Savia, Soloist from Wilmington followed by Oakwood Waits, Carolers from Raleigh ($10 ticket, $5 children 7-12, 6 or less, free)
3:30 to 5:00 Trinity United Methodist Church – Murrow Hall – Corner of Nash and Atlantic
“The Night before Christmas Carol” – written by Dr. Eliot Engel, performed by David zum Brennen ($10 ticket, $5 children 7-12, 6 or less, free)
6:00 to 6:45 Franklin Square Park – 130 E. West St.
Tribute to Charles Dickens by Candlelight – ringing and singing in the holidays!
 Special Dickens Reading
 Tree lighting in Franklin Square Park
 Carolers
 Holiday wishes by the Festival Queen, Southport Mayor Howard and Jeanette Serens, President, Brunswick Arts Council
 Ringing and singing in the holidays!

Contact info:
· (Jeanette) phone 910-547-0690 or (h) 910-371-2641 for sponsorships and donations
· (Meg) phone 910-508-8116 or (h) 754-5102 for festival information
· (John) phone 631-334-7428 or (h) 755-5383 for festival information

Advance purchase of tickets for the indoor venues located at:
Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce
Shallotte Chamber of Commerce
North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
Southport Visitor Center
Ricky Evans Gallery – Southport
On line at http://www.brunswickartscouncil.org
At the door

 

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