A hot cup of holiday tea, warm pastries and Christmas atmosphere await guests at the Dickens of a Tea at the Belvidere Mansion.
The event scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday will warm the heart and create a special holiday memory for all who attend, according to Morgan Williams event organizer.
Benefiting the restoration of the Victorian mansion, the event is sponsored by the Rogers County Historical Society.
Tickets are $20 and currently for sale in the Belvidere Tea Room. Reservations are required and seating is limited, Williams said.
Holiday sweets and savories will be served buffet style and each guest will receive a gift bag, she said.
The event will kick off the Annual Dickens on the Boulevard Victorian Celebration Friday and Saturday, hosted by Claremore Main Street.
Guests will be greeted by ladies and gentlemen in true Victorian style, according to Williams.
“Come and join us for this wonderful holiday event,” she said. “This evening is a great opportunity to get a jump on the holiday shopping, with Christmas at the Belvidere having the newest merchandise out.”
Reservations can be made by phone by calling the gift shop at (918) 342-1127.
Friday and Saturday night will provide an opportunity to continue the festivities.
Dickens on the Boulevard festivities begin at 6 each evening and bring back favorite memories to the downtown area from previous years, through Victorian costume contests and street dances, living windows, live stage entertainment, carriage rides to Claremore Museum of History and Belvidere Mansion, and a lot more.
The carriage will let off at the gazebo park this year, but there will be a lighted path to the Belvidere.
Territorial marshal reenactments will enlighten visitors on what life was like in the 1800s through their tales of card games and gunfights.
Taking the stage for your entertainment are Heartland Home Educators Choir, Legacy Christian School Choir, Rehoboth Baptist Hand Bell Choir, A-Piedi Dance Company, and saxophonist Duane Nelson.
Winners of the nightly Victorian costume contests will be announced on stage in the categories of Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Man and Woman, Best Dressed Young Man and Woman (ages 13 to 18), and Best Dressed Boy and Girl (under 12).
Local authors will once again meet and greet attendees at Boarding House Books. Some authors currently scheduled include Bill Wetterman, Charles Sasser, Pamela Wetterman, Linda Trout, Tammy Mullins, Carla Stewart, Mary Coley, Lorraine Holman, and Amy Conkling.
Dickens Dollars is also returning, with holiday shopping dollars being given to five winners each night. Stop by any of the following locations now until Dickens on the Boulevard for a chance to win: The Cranberry Merchant, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Bike About Bicycles, Boarding House Books, Outwest Home Décor, Boomerang Diner, Ann & Barbara’s, Sailor Antiques, Vintique Charm, Gallery of the Arts, and Waterfront Frame & Art. Other locations are still being added.
The Belvidere Mansion, along with other downtown businesses, will be open until 8 both nights. The Claremore Museum of History will be open until 8:30.