Saturday, December 15, 2012
Here's a look at what's happening in town.
It might be too late to breakfast with Santa, but there is still plenty to do this weekend in Maplewood Village. Here's a look at the official Dickens Village schedule; for the complete schedule for this weekend and next, visit the Maplewood Village Alliance website. Saturday, December 15 1-4 p.m. Dickens Village Houses open for viewing 1-4 p.m. Visit with Santa 1 p.m. Holiday Music by community musicians 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jack’s Petting Zoo 1:30-4 p.m. Horse & wagon rides through the village 2-2:45 p.m. Holiday reading for children at Words Bookstore 2 p.m. Maplewood Community Music’s Annual Holiday Band Concert, Burgdorff Community Center, FREE The …
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Christmas couple arrived via fire truck; Dickens Houses are open, tree will be lit at 5 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to Maplewood Village atop a fire truck this afternoon, to the cheers and gasps of hundreds of onlookers. The beloved annual tradition coincides with the official opening of the Maplewood Village Dickens Houses, which are open for viewing until 4 p.m. tonight. Here is the rest of today's Dickens Village schedule: 3 p.m.: Story Hour by Town Librarians Sarah Lester and Ina Rimpau 4: p.m.: Township Committeeman Marlon Brownlee will read from A Christmas Carol. 4:30: Entertainment by The Collectives with vocals by Lara Phillips 5:00 p.m.: Traditional Holiday Reading by Mayor Vic DeLuca, followed by the Tree Lighting. To see the complete Dickens Village schedule, visit the website.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Saturday marks official opening; Santa arrives and Christmas tree is lit
It might be hard to believe, but Dickens Village has been an annual holiday tradition in Maplewood for 51 years. Since 1961, countless awe-struck children and their equally enchanted parents have visited the quaint, miniature houses that artfully depict scenes from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In their scale and beauty, and in the spirit of warmth and community they engender, the Maplewood Dickens Houses represent the small-town feel that continues to entice new generations of residents to call Maplewood home. "Sometimes I think the Dickens Houses might be the real reason I moved here," said Michele Bessey, owner of Perch Home. The houses officially open for viewing on Saturday, kicking off the holiday season in town. Santa will …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Village Christmas tree and Dickens houses get prepped for Saturday.
The temperature may be hovering near 60 today, but the signs in Maplewood Village are pointing squarely at the holidays. On Tuesday afternoon, a worker in a bucket truck was stringing lights on the Christmas tree at Ricalton Square, while Ellen Davenport and Rosetta Weiser of the Dickens Village Committee were busy decorating the Dickens Houses. Dickens Village debuts this Saturday, Dec. 8 with the arrival of Santa on a fire truck (1 p.m.), visits with Santa (1-3 p.m.), and other entertainment. Mayor Vic DeLuca will perform the traditional Holiday Reading at 5 p.m., which will be followed by the tree lighting. The Dickens Village houses will be open for each Saturday (Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22) from 1 - 4 p.m. The houses will also be …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Mr. Dickens himself expresses gratitude to those who made his village possible this past holiday season.
My Dear Residents of Maplewood, It is on the strange convergence of a Leap Year and unnaturally warm winter weather that I’m permitted to share a few brief words with the people of Christmas future. This year, I’ve chosen the good people of Maplewood for all the work they’ve done over the years to preserve the true spirit of the holidays — Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza (such progress you’ve made!). I’m most pleased as well that Maplewood has chosen the Dickens Village as a recurring theme, a link to Christmases past, present and future. Alas, as I’ve told in many stories of my time, the holidays may be celebrated by many but it is the few who are committed to sharing the seasonal charms with others. So it is this year, before the 29th…