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An Invitation to the Twenty-Third Annual

Port Jefferson Village Charles Dickens Festival Saturday & Sunday • December 1 & 2, 2018 THANK YOU FROM THE DICKENS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE Times Beacon Record News Media Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council – Northern Brookhaven Arts Council Port Jefferson BID The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company WBLI Long Island Business News Empire National Bank Town of Brookhaven

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Charles Dickens, Court Reporter The years between 1828 and 1831, the years of debating the reform bill, proved to be lively and transformative not only for England but for a young man named Charles Dickens. Mid-16th century, Parliament prohibited all reporting/publishing of its proceedings believing it should deliberate in private and regarded any attempt to publicize its proceedings as a punishable offense. Later in that century, conflicts among progressive members of Parliament and growing weight of public opinion persuaded Parliament to relax its stance. In 1803, the House of Commons passed a resolution giving the press the right to enter the public gallery. Reporting of lively, quarrelsome Parliamentary debates meant citizens could stay informed about the government’s proceedings. During that time, William Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register, added the supplement Parliamentary Debates to the newspaper, which was a reprint of journalists’ reports of speeches extracted from other newspapers. In 1812, Cobbett sold his business to Thomas Hansard, son of Luke Hansard, printer to the House of Commons, and the title changed to Hansards Parliamentary Debates. The Hansard Family produced the Parliamentary Debates until 1889 making the Hansard name synonymous with the printed debates. Charles Dickens’ uncle, John Henry Barrow, was a successful journalist who had previously reported the proceedings of Doctors’ Commons for the Times. Barrow had established the Mirror of Parliament, a weekly newspaper that offered verbatim reporting of Parliamentary debates. Wanting to rival the Hansard by offering the complete record of what went on in the House of Commons, he assembled a team of stenographers to help him including his brother, Edward, and Charles’ father, John, as reporters, and young Charles was inspired to learn shorthand. Charles, a junior law clerk earning 15 schillings per week, went to a bookshop, examined textbooks on various shorthand systems that were available, and decided Thomas Gurney’s System of Shorthand was the system for him since it was the most expensive at 10 schillings. Most completed shorthand training in three years, but Charles became proficient in two. His first experience as a reporter was in the Doctors’ Commons (aka College of Civilians). Doctors’ Commons was a society of lawyers practicing civil law in London. Members lived and worked in the society’s buildings. Court proceedings of civil law courts were held there. Lawyers dressed in scarlet robes and white wigs, argued divorces and wills in dusty rooms where stale musty odors permeated the air. Irregular, freelance work frustrated Charles, who was always waiting to be chosen by one of the proctors to provide shorthand services. In love with Maria Beadnell, he needed to become more than a stenographer in Doctors’ Commons to impress her parents. In 1831, John Barrow added Charles to his shorthand reporter team. Reporters were well paid for their short shifts. Charles matched veteran reporters’ shorthand skills in speed and accuracy and was soon working at House of Commons where it was just as stuffy as the Doctors’ Commons but more interesting. The Public Gallery of the Old House of Commons in St. Stephen’s Chapel was cramped, gloomy, and stuffy. Charles made himself available for debates, even if they went late into the night. Squeezing himself onto a bench provided for visitors in the cramped gallery, balancing a notebook on his knees, straining to hear speeches and exchanges said in the thick atmosphere of the chamber floor below him, he would capture the words by the gas chandeliers light. Dickens would transcribe his handwritten stenographic notes later at the newspaper office. To Charles, the work involved more stenography and less creativity. He became the major contributor to the Mirror of Parliament‘s full report of the first major debate on the proposed Reform Act in March of 1831. In organizing an official Parliamentary record, he gained a reputation as a fast, accurate, and trustworthy reporter and in March 1832, he was a Parliamentary reporter for two newspapers: True Sun, and Mirror of Parliament. For him, the reporting was not just about transcription, but narration/interpretation, and would add local color to the objective dryness. Being a Parliamentary reporter was like being in an exclusive/influential club in London. Gallery reporters established themselves as the conscience of a political system that was starting to examine its workings. Politicians and reporters discovered they needed one another. Changes began in 1831, when the House of Lords designated a separate row of seats for reporters, and in 1835, the design for the new Palace of Westminster, included special galleries for reporters. Eventually, Dickens became more of a writer than a reporter for the newspapers. He used years of experience as a court reporter as inspiration for what would become some of his most popular novels. Themes in his story Oliver Twist came from listening to the debates on reform. He mentions the profession in David Copperfield, stating that learning the “noble art and mystery of stenography” plunged him “into a sea of perplexity.” The legal system that worked against the lower classes in Victorian London was immersed in to his stories to give his readers a vivid and realistic legal backdrop in books such as Bleak House and Nicholas Nickleby. Court reporters, like Dickens, are known to have a front seat to history. If you would like your front row seat to history, contact the Court Reporting Program, at LIBI (www.libi.edu), (631-499-7100). ©153966


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s fall sheds its leafy coat in preparation for winter, the first weekend in December once again plays host to the beloved Village of Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival. Join us as we celebrate the Festival’s 23rd anniversary through our cherished traditions and spectacular new additions that will add a sparkle and a smile to this magical weekend. Hailed as one of Long Island’s top ten events, the festival begins on Saturday, December 1, running through Sunday, December 2. Produced by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council in cooperation with the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, friends and families from across the northeast, from all 50 states and, indeed, from around the globe, will gather to celebrate the beloved author as we once again turn our quaint seaport village into a living Dickens stage. Born Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870), Charles Dickens was arguably the literary superstar of his age, a status that lives on today. Ever the champion of the common man and the downtrodden, his inventive genius has inspired a raft of theatrical performanc-

es and a parade of films that portray the drama and redemption of life as a central theme. From “A Tale of Two Cities” to “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens managed to create some of literature’s most iconic and memorable personalities. Dickens made two reading tour trips to the United States and Canada, in 1842 and again in 1867, meeting with a long list of contemporary luminaries of the time including Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, President John Tyler, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Dickens’ American publisher James Thomas Fields. Be on the lookout for the engaging “Mrs. Cratchit’s Colorful Christmas Crafts” event, featuring a potpourri of small craft and cookie kits for families to purchase and put together in time for the holiday season. Mrs. Cratchit’s and the expanded Festival of Trees are found at the Port Jefferson Village Center. The whimsical Santa’s Workshop, an incredible tribute to Christmas of yesteryear once again created by the celebrated confection artist Pat Darling, should be on every person’s “must see” list because this magical presentation is

not to be missed. Look for it on the corner of Barnum and West Main Street. The Artisan Square, showing how hand crafted works were made during Victorian England, and the spectacular Tiny Tim’s Train Station (a Toys for Tots location), presented by the Reed Family Train Project at the Harbormaster’s building, rounds out the big attractions. The restaurants offer Dickensian inspired fare, while the wide range of shops in the village stay open for extended hours for holiday shopping. The Village, once again, will be rich with our troupe of Dickens’ street characters and alive with a host of musical, magical and theatrical presentations sure to delight the Scroogiest of curmudgeons. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Please join us for a wonderful time! Margot Garant Mayor, Village of Port Jefferson Allan Varela Chair, Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council

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tep back in time and reflect on the storybook charm of cherished memories of an era that has quietly faded. Candles flicker in the windows beckoning young and old to visit Santa’s whimsical three-room workshop. Dazzling decorations and the twinkle of little white lights serve as a prelude to all that awaits you in the historic Drowned Meadow House. Snowflakes glisten high above confection displays created by renowned confection artist Pat Darling. Elaborate confection nutcrackers and giant turrets embellish the beautiful displays throughout the workshop area. The tour continues as you depart the workshop and enter little Hollyberry’s bedroom. This elaborate vignette finds Hollyberry sitting by a glowing fireplace. Anticipating the night before Christmas, she is busily wrapping her Christmas presents for Mommy and Daddy. Her room is all aglow as she looks out upon Santa’s whimsical Christmas forest. Oh my, how

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exciting… Santa and his reindeer appear through the glittering snowflakes. On the ground snow has fallen, blanketing Santa’s magical gnome village under the Christmas tree. Truly a must see! Departing the Christmas forest, visitors

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Calendar of events

November 30 FRIDAY

11:00 AM ‘Barnaby Saves Christmas’ Theatre Three – Ticket$

12:00 - 1:00 PM Scrooge: The Inside Story by Mrs. Dilber Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor

1:00 - 1:30 PM Street Performance: Dickens Improv group B on map

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lantern Dedications

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Opening Ceremony Port Jefferson Village Center

12:00 - 12:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor

1:00 - 1:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band C on map

7:00 PM ‘A Christmas Carol’ - Ticket$ Theatre Three - 15 on Map

12:00 - 4:00 PM Horse & Carriage Ride ($2) Begins at Island Christian Church

12:15-12:45 PM Shine Dance Studio Performance Port Jefferson Brewery Stage

1:00 - 1:30 PM Street Performance: Oliver D on map

8:00 PM ‘The Nutcracker’ - Harbor Ballet Port Jefferson High School - 13 on Map Tickets are $25.00

12:00 - 4:00 PM Carriage Ride with Oreo ($2) Begins at Island Christian Church

12:40 - 1:00 PM Antiquity Quartet Christ Church Episcopal

1:00 - 1:30 PM Street Performance: Cricket on the Hearth E on map

12:00 - 4:00 PM Roasted Chestnuts for Sale $ Christ Church Episcopal

12:40 - 1:00 PM Dave K First Methodist Church

1:15 - 1:45 PM Backstage Studio of Dance Port Jefferson Brewery Stage

12:00 - 12:20 PM Antiquity Quartet Christ Church Episcopal

12:40 - 1:00 PM Toot Sweet Flutes & Cello Island Christian Church

1:20 - 1:40 PM Antiquity Quartet Christ Church Episcopal

12:00 - 4:00 PM Santa’s Workshop Drowned Meadow House

1:00 - 4:00 PM Victorian Tea – Ticket$ First Presbyterian Church

1:20 - 1:40 PM Dave K First Methodist Church

12:00 - 12:20 PM Dave K First Methodist Church

1:00 - 1:45 PM Port Jefferson Elementary School Select Choir Danielle Post & Maria Diaz, Directors Port Jefferson Chamber Orchestra Dr. Vanessa Salzman, Director Port Jefferson Chamber Choir Maria Diaz, Director First Presbyterian Church

1:20 - 1:40 PM Toot Sweet Flutes & Cello Island Christian Church

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM How Boats Are Built Bayles Boat Shop, Harborfront Park 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chocolate Extravaganza Christ Church Episcopal 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fair & 24th Annual Cookie Walk First Methodist Church 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Festival of Trees Port Jefferson Village Center - 2nd floor 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Stop in on the way into town for the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cookie Walk Lunch Available for Purchase St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 309 Patchogue Rd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saint Paul’s Ladies Cathedral Choir St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 309 Patchogue Rd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM Grand East Main Street Opening Parade East Main to Port Jefferson Village Center 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM St. Nicholas’ Inn Soup & Lunch Christ Church Episcopal 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dickens Alley Historic East Main Street

12:00 - 5:00 PM Artisan Square Farmer’s Market Lot (by blinking traffic light) 12:00 - 5:00 PM Tiny Tim’s Train Station/Toys for Tots Harbor Master Building West Broadway 12:00 - 12:20 PM Toot Sweet Flutes & Cello Island Christian Church 12:00 - 10:00 PM Spectacular Gingerbread House Contest Masonic Lodge 12:00 - 12:50 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport Masonic Lodge 12:00 - 4:00 PM Village Dickens Weekend Port Jefferson Historical Society Museum open for tours & Consignment Shop Members Free. Suggested Donations $2.00 pp and $5.00 per family 12:00 - 4:00 PM Mrs. Cratchit’s Colorful Christmas Crafts Port Jefferson Village Center - Harbor Cove 3rd floor

1:00 - 5:00 PM Dickens Festival At The Long Island Explorium Long Island Explorium Experience the Chandlery of the 1800’s! Enjoy hot cider and freshly popped popcorn, watch as real steam powered ships set sail, and build and decorate your own mini Mag Lev sled and test it on our magnetic track! $5 (Members Free) 1:00 - 4:00 PM The Cottage on Dickens Alley Port Jefferson Library Cottage Be our guest at the Library Cottage to see it transformed into a winter wonderland! Meet and take pictures with the Snow Sisters and the Red Rose Princess. Be sure to make this a must see during Dickens Weekend. 1:00 - 4:00 PM Historic Reading Room Port Jefferson Library Travel back in time as you visit the Library’s Historic Front Reading Room. We will open the historic front doors, so stop by to enjoy holiday music, decor and displays. The Friends of the PJFL will have hot cocoa for sale to you warm you up! 100 Thompson Street. 1:00 - 1:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor

1:30 - 2:20 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport Masonic Lodge 1:30 - 2:30 PM Scrooge: The Inside Story by Mrs. Dilber Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 2:00 - 2:20 PM Jack Dillon Christ Church Episcopal 2:00 - 2:20 PM Holiday Sing-a-long with Denise Romas First Methodist Church 2:00 - 2:45 PM Will Dannenberg, Director First Presbyterian Church 2:00 - 3:30 PM The Chamber Ensemble Ward Melville Christmas Concert Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption 2:00 - 2:30 ‘My Father’s Custom, A Dickens Holiday’ Island Christian Church 2:00 - 2:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor Continued on page 6

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Calendar continued 2:00 - 2:45 PM Reeny Foster Port Jefferson Brewery Stage

3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band E on map

2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Fortunes Folly E on map

3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 3 A on map

2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Scrooge Past B on map

3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Cratchetts B on map

2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Curiosity Shop D on map

3:20 - 3:40 PM Jack Dillon Christ Church Episcopal

2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Crummels C on map

3:20 - 3:40 PM Holiday Sing-a-long with Denise Romas First Methodist Church

2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Dickens Fun A on map

3:40 - 4:10 PM ‘My Father’s Custom, A Dickens Holiday’ Island Christian Church

2:40 - 3:00 PM Jack Dillon Christ Church Episcopal

4:00 - 5:00 PM North Shore Chamber Choir: The Messiah Jeffrey Schneider, Music Director First Presbyterian Church

2:40 - 3:00 PM Holiday Sing-a-long with Denise Romas First Methodist Church 2:50 - 3:20 PM ‘My Father’s Custom, A Dickens Holiday’ Island Christian Church 3:00 - 3:45 PM Brookhaven Flute Choir Mark Q. Barton, Director First Presbyterian Church 3:00 - 3:50 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport Masonic Lodge 3:00 PM ‘The Nutcracker’ - Harbor Ballet Port Jefferson High School Ticket$ are $25.00 3:00 - 3:45 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 3:00 - 3:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 3:00 PM ‘A Christmas Carol’ Theatre Three – Ticket$ 3:00 - 4:00 PM Sweet Melody Music Studio Port Jefferson Brewery Stage

4:00 - 4:3 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 4:00 - 4:30 PM Street Performance: Fortunes Folly E on map 4:00 - 4:30 PM Street Performance: Scrooge Present and Future B on map 4:00 - 4:30 PM Street Performance: Crummels C  on map 4:00 - 4:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band A on map 4:15 - 5:00 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 4:30 - 5:30 PM Little Folk’s Music Masonic Lodge 5:00 - 5:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor

5:00 - 5:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 1 D on map 5:00 - 5:30 PM Street Performance: Dickens Improv C on map 5:00 - 5:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 3 A on map 5:30 - 6:15 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 6:00 - 6:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band A on map 6:30 - 7:10 PM Christmas Jazz Island Christian Church 7:00 PM 8th Annual Christmas Variety Show First Methodist Church “Free will donation will be taken, proceeds go to Welcome Inn” 7:00 - 8:15 PM Classical Music on the Harbor Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor

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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Chocolate Extravaganza Christ Church Episcopal 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM St. Nicholas’ Inn Soup & Lunch Christ Church Episcopal 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Dickens Alley Historic East Main Street 12:00 - 4:00 PM Horse & Carriage Ride ($2) Begins at Island Christian Church 12:00 - 4:00 PM Carriage Ride with Oreo ($2) Begins at Island Christian Church 12:00 - 4:00 PM Roasted Chestnuts for Sale $ Christ Church Episcopal 12:00 - 4:00 PM Santa’s Workshop Drowned Meadow House

7:00 - 8:00 PM Songs of the Sea by Alan Short Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor

12:00 - 4:00 PM Artisan Square Farmer’s Market lot (by blinking traffic light)

7:00 PM ‘A Christmas Carol’ Theatre Three - Ticket$

12:00 - 4:00 PM Tiny Tim’s Train Station/Toys for Tots Harbor Master Building – West Broadway

7:30 - 8:10 PM Christmas Jazz Island Christian Church

12:00 - 4:00 PM Spectacular Gingerbread House Contest Masonic Lodge

7:30 - 9:30 PM Fezziwig’s Dance Party 1850s Band Dance All Night Masonic Lodge - Ticket$

12:00 - 12:50 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport Masonic Lodge

5:00 - 5:30 PM Street Performance: Fortunes Folly B on map

8:00 PM ‘The Nutcracker‘ - Harbor Ballet Ticket$ are $25.00 Port Jefferson High School

5:00 - 5:30 PM Street Performance: Crummels E on map

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Festival of Trees Port Jefferson Village Center - 2nd floor

12:00 - 4:00 PM Annual Holiday Open House Port Jefferson Historical Society Refreshments and Mulled Cider Members Free. Suggested Donations $2.00 pp and $5.00 per family

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Tiny Tim’s Train Station Toys-for-Tots

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his year we are presenting a wonderfully decked-out-for-Christmas model train exhibit located at the Harbormaster’s Building (number 18 on map), Port Jefferson. The location will also be host to the Toys-for-Tots toy-raising event. The Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters, directs the Toys-for-Tots program, delivering much-needed toys to children for the holiday season. Festival visitors are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys and drop them in the collection box next to the exhibit while looking at different model train sets course around the setup. This is a family favorite and this year is presented by Maggio Environmental, Robert Gitto of The Gitto Group and the Town of Brookhaven. Beginning in 1763, Scottish engineer James Watt tinkered with the original steam engine design that led to the first steam engine locomotive prototype built by British engineer Richard Trevithick in 1804. 1814 witnessed the first successful steam engine train, built by British engineer George Stephenson, that could haul up to 30 tons of coal at a “breakneck” uphill speed of four miles per hour. Train tracks were soon found crisscrossing the globe as the steam locomotive helped to usher in the Industrial Era in Britain and



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Dickens Memories Passings It is very sad news to report that two of the people who brought so much happiness and smiles have passed on this year.

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In 2012 Tara joined the Dickens street characters where she was known and beloved as Mrs. Feizziwig. In 2014 Tara met her beloved Chris who became the Dickens Festival’s Mr. Feizziwig. In 2016 Tara and Chris were engaged. Plans for a wedding began. In 2018 Tara announced her illness to her closest friends. After a short but ferocious battle Tara passed on the morning of July 6th 2018 surrounded by friends and loved ones. Very Sad!

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ry school. She was named PTA president, which she served for 3 years and created The Green Team advocating sustainable green programs through community clean-ups and recycling programs. She also brought the Science Fair back to the school for two years. She worked on many of the boys’ and girls’ events and delivered the 5th grade commencement speech in 2015. Jill started working with Margot Garant as consultant of economic development and public relations in 2011. While in this role she was instrumental in creating the Boater’s Maritime Festival that was held for the last six years. Jill was also instrumental during the Dickens Festival Continued on page 16

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Pickwick’s Puppet Parade The closing Pickwick’s Puppet Parade will feature a super new artistic look through the creative efforts of Genevieve Varela and Vin Blangiardo – Marley’s Ghost and Christmas Past will come alive with amazing intensity. But the action doesn’t stop there as the parade will feature the entire 138-piece Longwood High School marching band as a special treat. Also included is this year’s GPJAC Artist in Residence winner, Laurie Bouilliane, as Ms. Theodosia Pickering, the proprietress of her latest venture, the Raven’s Wing Hattery. She is both the designer and the creator of delightful Victorian-styled millinery confections for the fashion-conscious lady of means. The puppets are sponsored by The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor, Long Island Business News. The Longwood Marching band is sponsored by: Kilwins Port Jeffferson, Uncle Giuseppe’s and The Barony of An Dubhaigeann –The Artisans.

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Mrs. Cratchit’s Colorful Christmas Crafts Come one! Come all! to the third floor of the Port Jefferson Village Center Harbor Cove Room to visit Mrs. Cratchit’s Colorful Christmas Crafts event for the 23rd Annual Charles Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson on December 1 & 2. With the holiday season right around the corner, the clever craft packages featured for purchase are designed to engage and delight children of all ages desiring to make an ornament as a holiday gift for a loved one, or to simply add a handmade adornment to family festivities. This year will

feature Mrs. Cratchit’s Cookies for colorful decorating along with the availability of bright red santa hats and traditional black top hats as part of the holiday fare. Mrs. Cratchit herself would approve as a gathering of helpers will be on hand to assist in creating the crafty creations. Guaranteed to add a smile, a visit to Mrs. Cratchit’s Colorful Christmas Crafts event will help to usher in the holidays with handmade joy. Presented by: MAIA Salon Spa and Wellness, CityMD. Thanks to Axis Church, Port Jefferson.

The Port Jefferson Free Library’s Cottage, a historic building adjacent to the main library, is bringing back its exciting event for this year’s Charles Dickens Festival. The Cottage will be transformed into a ‘Frozen’-inspired destination that will tickle the fancy of young and old alike. Guests will have the opportunity to take a picture with “Snow Sisters” and any other interesting character that might make an appearance. There will also be Frozen trivia questions and listening to cherished Frozen music. In addition, the

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Adult Reading Room in the original section of the main library will play host to Dickens era model trains depicting two of the earliest trains: DeWitt Clinton, named after the father of the Erie Canal and which made its maiden run on August 9, 1831, and the Pegasus train that Dickens himself named because of its amazing speed for the day. The Friends of the Port Jefferson Free Library will be hosting a hot chocolate bar in the Victorian decorated room. There will also be musical entertainment.


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looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree… Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and

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a special Dickens parking map in addition to the larger Dickens event map included with this special festival section. So, if you want to have more festival and less roaming, please take advantage of our outlying lots. For those of you who want to find a space closer, metered parking is in force for the Dickens weekend. At one dollar per hour, a few dollars will buy you a wealth of Dickens’ delights. All parking proceeds go to supporting the festival.


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Calendar continued 12:00 - 1:00 PM Scrooge: The Inside Story by Mrs. Dilber Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 12:00 - 12:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 12:00 - 12:30 PM Street Performance: Scrooge Past E on map 12:00 - 12:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 1 D on map 12:00 - 12:30 PM Street Performance: Crummels B on map 12:00 - 12:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band C on map 12:20 - 12:40 PM Serenade Duo Christ Church Episcopal 12:30 - 1:00 PM Mountain Maidens: Holiday Songs of All Nations Island Christian Church

1:00 - 5:00 PM Dickens Festival At The Long Island Explorium Long Island Explorium - East Broadway Experience the Chandlery of the 1800’s! Enjoy hot cider and freshly popped popcorn, watch as real steam powered ships set sail, and build and decorate your own mini Mag Lev sled and test it on our magnetic track! $5 (Members Free) 1:00 - 4:00 PM The Cottage on Dickens Alley Port Jefferson Library Cottage Be our guest at the Library Cottage to see it transformed into a winter wonderland! Meet and take pictures with the Snow Sisters and the Red Rose Princess. Be sure to make this a must see during Dickens Weekend.

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1:00 - 4:00 PM Historic Reading Room Travel back in time as you visit the Library’s Historic Front Reading Room. We will open the historic front doors, so stop by to enjoy holiday music, decor and displays. The Friends of the PJFL will have hot cocoa for sale to you warm you up! 100 Thompson Street. 1:00 - 1:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 1:00 - 1:30 PM Street Performance: Cricket on the Hearth B on map 1:00 - 1:30 PM Street  Performance: Fortunes Folly D on map

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Calendar continued 1:30 - 2:20 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport Masonic Lodge 1:30 - 2:15 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 1:40 - 2:00 PM Serenade Duo Christ Church Episcopal 1:40 - 2:10 PM Port Jefferson Middle School String Orchestra Christian Neubert, Director First Presbyterian Church 2:00 - 2:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 2:00 - 3:00 PM LISCS Carolers Port Jefferson Brewery Stage 2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Curiosity Shop C on map 2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 1 A on map 2:00 - 2:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 2 B on map 2:10 - 2:40 PM Mountain Maidens: Holiday Songs of All Nations Island Christian Church 2:20 - 2:40 PM Serenade Duo Christ Church Episcopal 2:20 - 3:05 PM Port Jefferson High School String Orchestra Michael Caravello, Director First Presbyterian Church 2:45 - 3:30 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 3:00 - 5:00 PM Guided Tour of this Magnificent Historic Church First Methodist Church 3:00 - 3:50 PM The Magical Wizardry of Steve Rodman Performing a Tribute to Master Mage Nigel Davenport  Masonic Lodge 3:00 PM ‘The Nutcracker‘ - Harbor Ballet Port Jefferson High School Tickets are $25.00

3:00 - 3:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 3:00 PM ‘A Christmas Carol’ Theatre Three – Ticket$ 2:30 - 3:00 PM Street Performance: Scrooge Present and Future E on map 3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Black Bellamy Band B on map 3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Fortunes Folly D on map 3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Oliver C on map 3:00 - 3:30 PM Street Performance: Crummels A on map 3:15 - 3:45 PM Port Jefferson High School Jazz Combo Edward Pisano, Director First Presbyterian Church

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– often seen decorating the village center and establishing the Festival of Trees. She also brought the Festival of Lights to Village Hall and was involved with the ice skating events at the village center during Dickens. Jill was key in the fundraising and mapping out the new Rocket Ship Park, Board Member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Royal Education Foundation and the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council. She is survived by her husband Fred and children Henry and Lily. Kathy O’Sullivan: Kathy “O”, as she is colloquially known, has been a stalwart supporter and tireless innovator of the Village of Port Jefferson for over 20 years. She was one of the founders of the Village of Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival and has assisted in running the event since its inception. She was also a founder and President of the Long Island Seaport

and Eco Center (LISEC) for many years, with accomplishments that included the creation of the Bayles Boat Shop building at Harbor Front Park to preserve the time honored tradition of shipbuilding in Port Jefferson for generations to come. Kathy also ran countless marine education events for kids and has a passion for teaching about our local beaches and geology. Kathy “O” was also a Founder of Coastal Steward, an organization dedicated to caring for our local beaches and restoring the local oyster population. Additionally, She was a founding member of the Port Jefferson Harbor Education & Arts Conservancy, an organization dedicated to supporting the Port Jefferson Village Center and Harbor Front Park. Kathy O’Sullivan was Brookhaven Woman of the Year for the environment, a lay minister in her beloved Methodist Church and a proud mother of three children. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council.

4:00 - 5:00 PM Holiday Music on the Sound Daniel Ragone, Artistic Director First Presbyterian Church 4:00 - 4:45 PM Christmas Carol Radio Show Port Jefferson Village Center - Sail Loft 3rd floor 4:00 - 4:30 PM Holly Jolly Dickens Christmas Port Jefferson Village Center - Skip Jack 1st floor 4:00 - 4:30 PM Street Performance: Choir 1 D on map

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Special Dickens accessory costume offer

Boys: cap with visor Women: bonnet, a muff or gloves and Long Scarf - $25 Please call Nan at: 631-331-2261 to make an appointment for fitting. Please reply before Thanksgiving. Join the fun at the Dickens Festival.

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