December 9, 2009 Edition

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Ernestine Smith (right) enjoys free candy provided by Sherry Moore of the Hoxie United Methodist Church. All baked goods and refreshments were free to visitors at Dickens in the Park, held at Hoxie's city park on Saturday. TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater

Dickens in the Park

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Victorian-dressed Christmas carolers, Charles Dickens and Santa Claus were a few of those in attendance at Dickens in the Park held Saturday at the Hoxie City Park.

Residents who attended the event enjoyed an old-fashioned Christmas setting and the re-enactment of Dickens's play "The Christmas Carol."

Lisa Williams, who served as a town person, welcomed visitors as they entered the park.

"I think it is an uplifting experience for our community," she said.

"The most enjoyable thing about Dickens in the Park is that everyone was so willing to come together and support each other to make Dickens in the Park free to the public, which allowed everyone to come."

Church groups, organizations and individuals provided free refreshments to residents, including hot chocolate, popcorn, homemade cookies and candy.

"The cold kept some folks away, but it was wonderful and everyone had a great time," said event organizer Karen Williams.

"We want to thank all the helpers and everyone who attended for being a part of the event."

Next week the Dickens in the Park committee will hold an evaluation meeting to discuss improvements for next year's event.

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