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Dickens In Central Park

Mr Gerald Charles Dickens
great,great grandson of Charles Dickens

Dickens has appeared on The History Channel, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and PBS stations throughout the United States. His performances have been featured on the front page of The New York Times. In England, Dickens was chosen to lay the ceremonial wreath in Westminster Abbey honoring Charles Dickens on the anniversary of his death.
Back home in England, Dickens is an actor, producer, and director. He performed his solo show Nicholas Nickleby at Rochester's summer Dickens festival in England. Another Dickens' show he wrote and performs is The Tale of Two Speeches and a dramatization of his Charles Dickens' ghost story, The Signalman. He, also, keeps busy with his production company, Mrs. Humphreys Productions. Dickens, his wife and their three children live in the County of Kent, England.

Have your picture taken with the
Great, great grandson of Charles Dickens

Mr Dickens will be in Louisville on Nov 25 to make several appearance at the Dickens Festival in Central Park. He will also sign copies of his book and bestow the prize for the BEST Victorian hat.

Mr Dickens appearance is made possible by
the generous sponsership of Louise Venettozzi,
RE/MAX Connections.

Dickens In Central Park
A Festival of Merriment & fun

Charles Dickens comes to life at the first annual "Dickens In Central Park" event on November 25, 2005. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday seasons in charming Central Park, surrounded by Old Louisville's beautiful, historic Victorian houses. The park offers the perfect setting for Dickens In Central Park, a yearly event!

Travel back in time to a Victorian 19th century. Surround yourself with the cheerful, festival atmosphere. Interact with hundreds of costumed performers, vendors and spectators as you relive the pomp and pagentry of another era.

Feast on hot food & drink, enjoy the strolling carolers and jugglers, take a carriage ride and watch a dramatization of one of Dicken's wonderful books. Bring the kids. There'll be plenty for them to see and do!

Events Leading up to Main Event

Dickens Murder Mystery Dinnerat Rudyard Kipling Pub,
November 19, 2005
Victorian Tea at the Samuel Culbertson Mansion, with selected readings from a Dickens' novel,
November 20, 2005
A French Feast at Leanders On Oak, with readings from a Dickens' novel,
November 21, 2005
Book-reading Groups at the Free Public Library, main branch, TBA
Victorian Hat-Making Classes and fashion show, TBA

Festival origination

This Festival is brought to you by The The Heritage Inns of Old Louisville, a non-profit business league who engage in activities that support and encourage heritage tourism and promote Old Louisville as a tourist attraction. Heritage Tourism Is defined as "traveling to experiences the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present" - National Historic Trust. Heritage Tourism benefits Louisville in the following ways:

It creates jobs and businesses
It increases tax revenues
It diversifies the local economy
It creates opportunities for partnerships
It attracts visitors interested in history and preservation
It increases historic attraction revenues
It prserves local traditions and culture
It generates local investment in historic resources
It increases awareness of the site or area's significance

Festival Sponserships

The Heritage Group is looking for sponsers for this event. They have recently received a generous donation of $5,200, in the form of a sponsorship, to support the appearance of Mr. Gerald Charles Dickens, the great, great, grandson of Charles Dickens. Mr Dickens' appearance has been made possible by Louise Venettozzi, RE/MAX Connections. In addition, several neighborhood associations have contributed to the festival.
To other potential sponsers, they have a special opportunity available to underwrite the Dickens in Central Park festival. The sponser's name will be prominently featured in all media releases, printed promotional materials and announcements regarding Dickens in Central Park. They are looking for a donation of $15,000

Come Be a Part of the Festival

Volunteers are also needed, to dress in costume and be docents for the house tours, actors, carolers, jugglers, clean team members, and coordinators. Some costumes or parts of costumes can be provided. Each volunteer receives a free ticket to the Heritage Inns tour and receives one entry into a drawing to win a free night at a Heritage Inn of Old Louisville. Interested? Call Ed Carr at 583.0408 or Rich May at 635.5000 to volunteer.