Highlights from our favorite Christmas Victorian period festival!
On today’s broadcast, we recap the 34th annual Dickens of a Christmas. This year’s event turned out to be one of the best with thousands of people coming to Wellsboro to celebrate Christmas in a Victorian Time Period setting. As you watch today’s feature, you will see a just a small sample of the fun and good times that took place at this year’s Dickens of a Christmas. It should give you a good idea of what it was like to be in one of the best small town settings in America to experience such an event.
This year’s celebration also included the second annual Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest. We cover those highlights in today’s feature as well. From the feedback that we have received so far the people who attended and participated has a great time. Check out some incredible Victorian outfits and find out who won by watching today’s broadcast.
Numbers of contestants entered this year’s fun and friendly competition for the Dickens of a Christmas Best dressed. Our judges this year were Teresa Banik Capuzzo, Editor, and publisher of the award-winning Mountain Home Magazine. Larry Biddison, Mansfield University English professor Emeritus, Cynthia Compton, a social worker at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro and a fashion designer, and Sara Vogt, The Home Page Network’s Vice President and contest organizer.
John Vogt was our master of ceremonies, and Christine Moore of Christine A. Moore Millinery in New York City provided color and commentary for the event.
Taking 5th place this year was Emma Backhus of Wellsboro, PA.
4th place went to Mille and Rick Ryczak Dalton, PA
3rd place honors went to Stephen and Allison Schmidt of Attica, New York
Our 2nd place winner this year was Jan Stiner of Wellsboro, PA
And this year’s Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed winner was Sara Pease of Crab Orchard, WV. Sara won over 1,000 in cash and prizes from area merchants which in included a hat designed by Christine A. Millinery in New York City.
Portrait by Caleb Williams
Thanks to all who participated this year for inspiring us to come to Dickens of a Christmas decked out in Victorian period attire and making this event so much fun.
We look forward to seeing you all next year for the 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas.
Photo by Richard Bauman
Special thanks to the following Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest supporters and Sponsors:
Kevin Connelly, Director of the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, for donating the stage and sound system for the event.
Julie VanNess, Executive Director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, for encouragement and assistance.
Thanks to all the businesses who contributed gift certificates and prizes to this year’s best dressed which included:
Christine A. Moore Millinery of New York City
The Penn Wells Hotel
Dunham’s Department Store
The Farmers Daughter
Pop’s Culture Shoppe
Garrison’s Mens Shop
Wild Asaph Outfitters
Peggy’s Candies & Gifts
Akiko’s Floral Arts
Stain Glass Reflections
In My Shoes
The Fifth Season
Mountain Home Magazine
Bethany’s Jewelry and Design
Citizens & Northern Bank
Videography: Andrew Moore, Tim Crane, Ethan Chabala, Breanne Eisenhardt
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Production Assistant: Breanne Eisenhardt
Writing: John Vogt, Sara Vogt
Anchor: Rhonda Pearson
Correspondent: Megan Thomas, Lauren Gooch, Amiee Jones, Johanna Vogt
Produced by Vogt Media
Funded by Christmas on Main Street, Arcadia Theatre