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18th Annual Port Jefferson Village Dickens Festival
December 6th, 7th and 8th, 2013

Crystal Ball – Join us Friday night from 7 – 11pm, after the opening ceremonies for Holiday Cheer and Celebration. Come in period costumes or in holiday garb. Dance to tunes of decades past and current in the beautifully decorated Village Center.
Don’t miss the night!

Handel’s Messiah – Not to be missed, the North Shore Chamber Choir, under the direction of Jeffrey Schneider, will perform this classic beloved baroque oratorio. This performance is eagerly awaited each year, and the line for seats begins hours ahead of time. The venue holds 350 and is always filled to the rafters. Saturday afternoon.

Our Dickens Trolley – Take a trolley ride around historic Port Jefferson or come visit our festival by railroad and take the trolley down the hill. Hearing the ring of the trolley bell and seeing her pass reminds us of a Christmas in St. Louis! An integral part of our festival, the trolley helps transport visitors about up and downtown with various stops along the route.

Twin Shores Chorus – Dedicated to preserving the truly original American art form of a capella harmony in the distinctive barbershop style, the chorus sings a wide range of Holiday favorites with an old-fashioned flavor, capping off the weekend’s festivities in a most memorable manner.

Toot Sweet Flutes – This classically trained flute quartet will perform holiday favorites and classical selections. These lovely ladies are quickly becoming favorites of the festival. The venue holds upwards of 150 people for each performance.

Artesian Collaborative – Lovely guitar music from the 18th & 19th centuries.

Four-piece 1850’s Band & Dance Caller – Stomp to the sounds of an old time Fezziwig barn style contra dance! Swing your partner round and round and clap your hands to a knee slapping beat! Absolute fun for those who love to dance and celebrate. Ideal for groups or individuals!

Horse and Carriage Rides – Clop Clop Clop Clop…here comes Oreo! Take a scenic ride around our historic East Main Street and Harborfront Park in our horse and carriages. Six -seat Horse & Wagon for Saturday and Sunday.

The Great Wizard of the North Magic Show – The amazing Great Wizard of the
North will dazzle and astound all who behold his mysterious skill! Magician Pat Darienzo becomes John Henry Anderson, the Caledonian conjurer who astonishes all with his incredible feats of legerdemain and fascinating scientific magic. This magic show attracts more than 500 children and their parents over the weekend.

Mrs. Dilber – Scrooge’s long-suffering housekeeper shares stories of life with the noted miser in a fun interactive event suitable for the entire family.

A Christmas Carol Radio Show – Join Scrooge, Marley and the three ghosts for a radio broadcast of the classic Dickens tale, A Christmas Carol. Through the voices of actors, live sound effects and audience participation, experience this scary, yet heartwarming story of a man’s rediscovery of the meaning of Christmas. A delightfully nostalgic nod to the Golden Age of Radio, it attracts approximately 500 people throughout the weekend.

Strike the Bell – Costumed purveyors of Victorian Era songs regale with tunes of the time. The songs from the Great Age of Sail are interspersed with reading passages of maritime life from Dickens, which enhances the enjoyment and adds historical perspective to appreciating life in the time of Dickens. The venue holds 200.

Sounds of the Season – Stunningly clear and beautiful voices rise in the traditional airs of many cultures. These winter songs are sung in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Swedish and German. Cecilia Kirtland and Robin Greenstein perform this unique and inspiring program in song and on guitars while dressed in Victorian garb. These songbirds provide an enchanting diversion, especially for the young. The venue holds 200.

Santa’s Workshop – Santa Claus and his Elves come to life…Welcoming young and old to visit Santa’s Work Shop. Delight in the magical confection vignettes orchestrated by Pat Darling, acclaimed confection artist. Sugar trees and toy soldiers embellish the displays that have appeared in national publications. A memorable experience to be enjoyed by all…

Other Planned Dickens Activities

  • Christmas Jazz @ Baptist Church (Sat.)
  • Marie O’Connell
  • Holiday Movie Night (Sat.)
  • Stony Brook Choir
  • PJ Middle School Strings
  • PJ High School Strings
  • PJ Tri-M Wind/Brass/Choral Ensemble
  • Holiday Songs by Denise Romas
  • Winter Sing with Marie O’Connell

Dickens Character Actors that Come to Life About the Village

  • Oliver the Chimney Sweep
  • Joseph the Chimney Sweep
  • Mr. Scrooge
  • Father Christmas
  • Eliza Fairfax (flower lady)
  • Mrs. March
  • The Bobbie
  • Proper
  • The Mayor
  • Sea Captain
  • Town Crier
  • Tiny Tim
  • Fezziwig
  • The Artful Dodger
  • Oliver Twist
  • Fagin

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