From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
An “olde English village” will reappear next month when Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc. puts on the annual DickensFest.
DickensFest will be presented from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9. It is centered on Moffet Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street in Joplin’s historic residential district.
The festival setting is a Dickens village decorated with winter lights. Dickens characters portrayed by the Dream Theatre Co. will perform. There will be food vendors, craft vendors, an art show and sale, and a live Nativity.
There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, and, for children, a petting zoo, face painting, train ride and an appearance by “Father Christmas.”
Concerts will be presented nightly in the historic sanctuary of he First United Methodist Church, 501 W. Fourth St. The Heartland Band, the Keenagers, Show-Me Harmony Chorus, the church hand-bell choir, organist and Victorian quartet will be among the performers.
Historic Murphysburg Preservation Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of the city’s oldest downtown residential neighborhood.
The event is funded partly by a grant from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau as part of the “Joplin Holiday Experience.”