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November 10, 2013

Dickens on the Boulevard returns Nov. 22-23


Dickens on the Boulevard steps out of history and into modern Claremore on Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, with Victorian-themed Christmas activities for all ages.
The annual festivities begin at 6 p.m. 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, wagon rides to Claremore Museum of History and Belvidere Mansion, and a lot more.
Returning to Dickens on the Boulevard is the mysterious Tales from the Top: Upper Floor Tours & Stories. Fans of history will explore the second floors of buildings that have been vacant for 50 or more years. 
“It’s quite a sight to see,” said Cindy Bissett, executive director of Claremore Main Street. “The tours, led by volunteers, will introduce you to actors that will portray people and events of the building that will just fascinate you.”
Tour stops include last year’s 417 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (previously C.R. Anthony’s; now The Cranberry Merchant), 410 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (previously Haddad’s; now Homeward Bound), 416 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (Heins Jewelry), and 300 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (previously The Ward Rooms; now Bike About Bicycles). A new location added to this year’s attraction is 406 W. Will Rogers Blvd. (previously assorted retailers; now Nostalgia Nook).
Although participation is encouraged, Tales from the Top may not be for everyone; the vacant buildings are dustier than normal, steep stairs must be climbed to reach them, and three of the stops will be lit only by flashlights. Tickets for the upper floor tours are available at Claremore Main Street’s office for $5 each and are limited to the first 60 participants for each night.
Territorial marshal reenactments will enlighten visitors on what life was like in the 1800s through their tales of card games and gunfights. 

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