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Vine Grove has itself a Dickens of a Christmas

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Town hosts novel event

By Kelly Cantrall

Vine Grove residents might have looked as if they had come out of a Charles Dickens’ novel, but they definitely aren’t Scrooges about the holiday season.
Vine Grove held its annual Dickens of a Christmas this weekend. The event puts a Victorian spin on Christmas by encouraging participants to dress in period costume and participate in traditional holiday activities including caroling and carriage rides.
On Saturday, craft vendors set up booths in Brown Street Educational Center. Events coordinator Donna Broadway said while Friday started a little slow, visitors turned out for the holiday fun. Broadway thought the fact that “it wasn’t freezing bitter cold” helped attendance.
The crowd came back to keep vendors busy Saturday as well, she said.
Paula Basham of Radcliff was selling handmade blankets, pillows and ornaments, among other things. She’s set up a booth at Dickens for three years. Basham said it’s a successful show for her, but she also enjoys the atmosphere of the day.
“It’s almost like a family reunion” because she sees people she hasn’t been in touch with for a long time, she said. She also likes seeing the variety of wares for sale.
Basham said she enjoys pleasing buyers with her work.
“It’s just kind of a good feeling,” she said.
Norma Crockett of Rineyville makes purses, casserole covers, aprons and quilts, among many other items. Some of her popular items Saturday were handmade sleeping bags for dolls.
Crockett said the festival offers a lot of good presents for co-workers and affordable stocking stuffers for family.
“I like it because you have a different variety,” she said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.

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