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Vine Grove remembers Christmas of yesteryear

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Dickens event provides flavor of Victorian era

By Kelly Cantrall

The Ghost of Christmas Past paid a visit to Vine Grove this weekend.

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The town hosted its annual Dickens of a Christmas event Friday and Saturday, taking attendees back in time to the era of “A Christmas Carol” through Victorian dress and carriage rides.

Women in full skirts and bonnets and men in top hats walked through the streets of downtown as visitors lined up for toasted marshmallows, hot cider and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

Though it’s a Vine Grove tradition, not everyone there Friday was a resident. Barbara Jeffries of Sonora made the trip to the north end of the county to take in the holiday festivities. She loved seeing the costumes and admired the neighborly spirit of the event.

“Just coming together as a community is a big, important thing,” she said.

It also was the first visit for Vine Grove resident Christina Phelps. She and her husband wanted their children to participate.

“They definitely loved the horse carriage and they loved seeing Santa Claus,” Phelps said. Santa and Mrs. Claus were greeting children and listening to what they hoped to see under the tree on Christmas day.

Charlotte Glass was handing out marshmallows to passersby.

“Might as well enjoy yourself,” she said to someone who agreed to the toasted treat.

Glass has worked the event for 10 years.

“It gets more fun every year,” she said.

This is the way Glass wants to start every December.

“This is our Christmas tradition,” she said. “This is what starts off the month at a perfect pace.”

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.