The Historical Association of Catawba County will offer a new holiday experience at its Hickory location, "A Dickens Christmas at Harper House." Directed by Molly Bass, guests will experience scenes of this classic tale throughout the 1887 historic house.
"All the volunteers - from Hickory High School carolers to costumed docents - have already demonstrated a level of excitement that will make this event memorable," said Historical Association Trustee Gina Sigmon.
It is a family friendly event suitable for all ages. Children will enjoy free hot chocolate, meeting Father Christmas, and mingling with costumed characters from A Christmas Carol.
Volunteer actors will play iconic characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim on a rotating tour schedule. When not on tour, guests can join Fezziwig's Ball during which Foothills Distillery of Conover will provide Victorian-era cocktails and the All American Dance Studio of Hickory will teach period dances to live holiday music.
"As a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, we were inspired to combine performing arts, literature, and history in this fantastic setting," explained Historical Association Executive Director Dr. Amber Clawson Albert.
The free children's hour will take place on Saturday, December 9 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm. Guided tours of Harper House with A Christmas Carol scenes and Fezziwig's Ball will take place Saturday, December 9 from 6 pm - 9 pm. Admission is $15 per person or $20 per couple.
Harper House/Hickory History Center is located at 310 North Center Street Hickory, NC. For more information about "A Dickens Christmas at Harper House" go to catawbahistory.org/calendar-of-events or call (828) 324-7294.
The Harper House/Hickory History Center is made up of two residential structures that date from 1887 and 1912 respectively. Today, the site is one of four historic locations maintained by the Historical Association of Catawba County.
The Historical Association of Catawba County is a non-profit organization that offers heritage programming and preserves four historic sites - The Catawba County Museum of History, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Murray's Mill Historic District, and The Harper House/Hickory History Center.