I missed writing to you here, and have missed the travelling, but as many of you know it is at this time of year I am totally immersed in our annual production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the benefit of our local food shelves. I have been writing though. On Monday I took to the printer my 16 page keepsake booklet which is given to the audience. Each year besides providing background information on Dickens and his classic tale I explore and share in the booklet various Christmas customs. This year I researched and wrote about the candy cane, Nativity Scenes, the early history of Christmas Carols relating to one scene in the play, Advent wreaths and calendars, and then a closed with A Christmas Alphabet that I found from the 1890s. I also wrote a history of our production which will be the lead article in The Walpole Clarion which went to press today.
So today I am taking a slight breather, it is in the 50s and I may even take “Black Beauty” out and go visit my friends at Sports Car Services in Vermont. Another update for you is on “Billy the Goat” that I found way back on September 29th, remember him? Twelve hours after my post that day the director of the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois, contacted me about my circa 1905 De Moulin Bros. Rollicking Mustang Goat. It seems as though something called “Google Alert” advised him there was a new post on-line about DeMoulin. Well we emailed
back and forth and I am thrilled that “Billy” is going home to the museum. Of course because of everything else going on packing my large friend has taken some time, but I am an excellent packer and today had the time to finish the job. Off to UPS he goes tomorrow. I will send John, the director of the museum, an email later on, but may not so he will first see the “Google Alert” for fun.
In case you can make it, and also for any Google Searches, here is the press release and some images of our production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Maybe in a few days I may post the article I just wrote for our paper, and also include some of the pages from my booklet. Enjoy, thanks, RAY.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Walpole Players are pleased to announce their Fourth Annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic A CHRISTMAS CAROLin The Helen Miller Theater at the Walpole Town
Hall, Walpole, New Hampshire (NH) December 14, 15, 16, and 17, 2011 as its gift to the community. The performance will begin at 7 PM when Mr. Charles Dickens arrives to read his classic tale. In conjunction with Dickens’ reading, the Players uniquely and magically perform twelve scenes from the story as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future escort Scrooge through his redemption and transformation. In the keeping of the Christmas Spirit, as learned by Ebenezer Scrooge, the performances will be held to benefit the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place Drop-In Center which have both long provided meals and needed groceries to people in Alstead, Acworth, Bellows Falls, Langdon, North Walpole, Saxtons River, Walpole, and Westminster. Admission is free, but tickets are required because of limited space. Tickets are available at Real to Reel, Galloway Real Estate, Village Square Booksellers, Costume Ladies, Murray’s and Jake’s. In lieu of paid admission, the Players are asking each person attending to make a monetary donation to the Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Our Place Drop-In Center. Donations the first three years of The Walpole Player’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL have raised $8,590.74 for those in need. For further information call: Ray Boas 603 756-4545 or Tara Sad 603 756-4861