dickensCharles Dickens was born in 1812 in England and became the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.  His fictional characters are unforgettable.  Scrooge is the embodiment of the cold winter.  As spring follows winter and restores the earth with flowers and beautiful thoughts, so was Scrooge’s cold heart restored to his youth filled with goodwill and hope.
          One of Dickens’ most influential works ever written, A Christmas Carol, remains popular today in the midst of high speed internet, jet planes, cell phones, and big screen television.  People naturally have a longing for the “good old days” when it comes Christmas time.
          Dickens On The Boulevard in downtown Claremore, Oklahoma, brings back the nostalgia of the Christmas season and the old Christmas traditions.
          For the first time, the Claremore Museum of History will appear on the night scene Friday and Saturday evenings, November 22 and 23, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The museum is located in the old Will Rogers Library at the Gazebo Park on Will Rogers Boulevard and Weenonah Avenue.  The building has been completely rehabilitated to meet the museum-quality standards.
          Return of the Lynn Riggs Memorial, complete with “the surrey with the fringe on top” and memorabilia and pictures of Riggs makes this a “first-class” exhibit.  The RCB Bank is the sponsor of this outstanding memorial to the world-known playwright of Green Grows the Lilacs that was purchased by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and adapted to a musical renamed Oklahoma!
          One area of the museum, called the Yale Theatre, will present a video of Governor George Nigh (ret.) relating how the song “Oklahoma!” became our state song.
          Dickens On The Boulevard is credited for restoring the old holiday spirit.  “Grab your coat, get your hat….”  Get ready for a Dickens of a Christmas!