|The Christmas Past Skating Pond|
"We think of Charles Dickens and his work in the past tense, under the colossus of 'greatest novelist of the Victorian era,'" said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library, "The elements that make A Christmas Carol timeless and compelling played a part in earning him that title." Seanchai Chief Storyteller, Shandon Loring, added of Dickens' 1843 work, "It has never fallen out of favor, never been out of print. It has been endlessly adapted. Its publication came at a time when the English were re-examining how they celebrated the holiday and what it meant. A lot of what we think of today as "traditional" to the holiday can trace its genesis back through this work."
|The Dickens Project Welcome Area with "Teleportals"|
The finale is scheduled for Sunday, December 18th, a marathon “Big Read” presentation of A Christmas Carol performed in relay style: "all the words of every stave presented in one session by a cast of voices." That presentation will be preceded by musician Wald Schridde, presenting traditional ballads and dance tunes from the 17th and 18th centuries.