Locals hanging with Charles Dickens!

One performer said that if you aren't a main character from the "Christmas Carol" you are instead able to create your own character, one which might have lived during that time. Still others are out of other Dickens novels.

Take for example, Permelia Pluckrose who is a debutante and much admired young lady about town. Pluckrose's character was created by Lydia Shahan from Tully, who has been involved in Dickens since she was 8 years old.

Meanwhile, in front of Johnny Angels Heavenly Hamburgers, Dickens characters roast chestnuts on a grill and offer samples for free. Often the headmistress from the orphanage in the fictitious town, Josephine Kidwell (Fran Norsworthy from Wolcott) is on chestnut duty. Her husband in real life, Brett Norsworthy, is on hand as the undertaker, Barry M. Deep, complete with a coffin shaped notebook.

Sophia Berrata of Marcellus has also grown up with the festival and is now playing one of the older Crachit kids, Martha Evangeline Crachit. Her younger sister, Julianna and brother Ben are following in her footsteps, also playing Crachit kids.

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