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Fourth annual DickensFest

Friday, Saturday and

Sunday, December 13-15, 2013



A holiday destination in Joplin’s Historic Murphysburg Residential District
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 13-15, 2013
Between 3rd & 4th Streets on Moffet Avenue
Joplin, Missouri 64801
Park near 3rd and Byers Avenue
Admission is complimentary. Suggested $2 donation.
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Be it declared that Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. will present the fourth annual DickensFest-a holiday destination in Joplin for all lords, ladies and their children. Mark your calendar for Friday through Sunday, December 13-15, 2013. There will be nightly entertainment at all of the different venues from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. This free event will be centered on Moffet Avenue between Third and Fourth Street in Joplin’s residential historic district.

DickensFest will feature thousands of winter lights, an outdoor Olde English village storefronts, costumed Dickens characters, street performers, indoor concerts, food and craft vendors, live Nativity, a petting zoo, horse drawn carriage rides, Father Christmas, and more.

New this year, HMP will present a theatrical play titled, The Night Before Christmas Carol, a historically accurate and highly humorous holiday production by renowned Dickens Scholar, Elliot Engel.  It takes place in 1843 on the night that Charles Dickens dreams up his idea for a ghostly little Christmas book that becomes world famous.  As he composes his winter morality tale, the audience glimpses into the life of the real Dickens explaining his inspirations.  In this acclaimed performance, actor David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters; giving personal, social, and historical context to the classic, A Christmas Carol.  Performances will be held in the beautiful, historic sanctuary of First United Methodist Church at 501 West 4th Street on every night starting at 6:30 p.m.  As a courtesy to audience members and performer, latecomers will be escorted in during an appropriate break in the performance.  For more information about this performance, visit

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Paula Callihan (417) 483-3116;;; e-mail at; Post Office Box 1332, Joplin, Missouri 64802. Learn more about

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Board of Directors , Paula