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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.

All of us at Vaillancourt Folk Art wish to thank all who attended the performances of A Christmas Carol performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the Great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. We had four fabulous performances to sold out crowds! All attendees were touched by Mr. Dickens’ performances of this one man show, as he took the stage in a modified version of Charles Dickens’ readings of the timeless story, A Christmas Carol.

Even more so, it was gratifying to see the generations of families come in to our Gallery and Museum see the performance and then meet Mr. Dickens!

Gerald Charles Dickens signing ornaments for an attendee

Gerald Charles Dickens signing ornaments for an attendee after Saturday afternoon’s performance.

Vaillancourt is about traditions and we are happy to not only have families continue their traditions with us, but hundreds started new traditions with us this weekend!

We would like to thank the Byers family, from Byers Choice in PA, for all of their assistance in making this performance happen. Like us, Byers Choice is an American made treasure and Joyce, Bob Jr. and Jeff Byers have always been extremely helpful in making sure that “American Made Christmas” survives.

WTAG's talk show host Jim Polito with Gerald Dickens.

WTAG’s talk show host Jim Polito with Gerald Dickens.

We would also like to thank Paul Boutiette and Neil Crites of the Manchaug Mills for their assistance in creating Blaxton Hall. WSRS and WTAG for their media sponsorship and Millbury Federal Credit Union for their sponsorships. We also want to thank Mechanics Hall for sharing their Charles Dickens story, Professor Joel Brattin, Margaret F. Anderson, and Michael Dorsey of the WPI George C. Gordon Library, Fellman Dickens Collection—a premier source of Dickens materials— for sharing their knowledge, expertise, and producing the images used for the posters in Blaxton Hall. Most importantly, thank all of our attendees for making this performance of A Christmas Carol possible.

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