What the Dickens?

December 1, 2012

Media & Culture

Another weekend, another street festival. This time, the nearly four-decade–old “Dickens on the Strand” holiday event in Galveston, Texas’ downtown historic district, The Strand, this year marking the 200th birthday of the celebrated Victorian-era author.

I hadn’t been to the event in many years, and it’s grown tremendously since then. A recent development is the “steampunk” movement, with scores of attendees dressed in fanciful garb reflecting the retro-futuristic mash-up literary genre.

But, for all the visual regalia on display, the highlight of the event was watching actor Alfred Hyslop (who cheekily said he wasn’t “quite” as old as Dickens) give a one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Tremont House Hotel.

And without further ado, below are some of my best photos from the day.

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Copyright © 2012 Ken Fountain. All rights reserved.

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I'm a journalist and writer in Houston, Texas. My areas of specialty include law and courts, local government and industry and environmental issues. You can follow me on Twitter at @twitter.com/kenfountain and email me at kenfountain1 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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