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November 19, 2013

Dickens on the Boulevard this weekend

Belvidere’s Dickens of a Tea kicks off festivities


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. 

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