Dickens on the Strand

All right, Houstonians, if there’s ever been a time to visit our dear sister city on the coast, now is it. Despite the terrible toll Ike took on Galveston Island, the city’s historical foundation is going ahead with its famed holiday weekend, Dickens on the Strand. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the festival that features Victorian dress, lots of food and drink and, of course, all things Dickensian. You can start your day with an English country breakfast at the 1859 Ashton Villa Ballroom, then tour some of the historic homes (each with some amount of damage). There will also be costumed street vendors, roving entertainers, Victorian-size gobs of festival food and a parade. Make a long day of it and come home tired and happy that you’ve contributed to the resurrection of Galveston Island and everything the city on the sea stands for. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 20th Street and the Strand. For information, call 409-765-7834 or visit www.dickensonthestrand.com. $4 to $12.
Sat., Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2008
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Lee Williams