Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 6
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The outdoor Handbell Festival takes place beneath the giant Tannenbaum.
Dickens On The Strand
by Olivia Meyer
. ringing public attention to the potential of a deteriorating
19th century waterfront commercial district was the
objective which stimulated the creation of the first Dickens
On The Strand thirteen years ago. Galveston Historical
Foundation vice president Evangeline Whorton (now a
member of the Texas Historical Commission) came up
with the Dickens theme for a membership party held on a
cool December evening on Galveston's historic Strand in
1974. Back then, most people wouldn't have dreamed of
strolling the dimly lit Strand (named for London's busy
commercial street), much less having a party there! All
that has changed.
The 14th annual Dickens On The Strand crowd will
number well over 100,000, and the event itself will last for
the entire weekend, December 5 and 6. The fifteen blocks
of The Strand National Historic Landmark District will
be transformed into a scene from Victorian London
complete with Dickens' beloved characters (and some not
so loved). and what a dramatically changed 15 blocks! An
investment of over $60 million has been made to renovate
37 of the 50 historic structures, which now house over 50
shops and restaurants visited by hundreds of thousands of
visitors annually. Two more such restoration projects will
grace the scene during this year's Dickens Festival . . . the
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