Each year, Galveston Historical Foundation’s Dickens on The Strand invites descendants of the festival’s namesake to the island. This year GHF welcomes Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter; Jane Dickens Monk, great-great-granddaughter; and Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens, great-great-great-grandson, to the annual Victorian event. To welcome them, a special Dickens Champagne Reception will be held in the 1892 Bishop’s Palace on Thursday, December 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25+ per person.
LUCINDA DICKENS HAWKSLEY
Lucinda Hawksley is an award-winning author, art historian and travel writer. She is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.
JANE DICKENS MONK
Jane’s father, Cedric, was one of the first descendants to join Dickens on The Strand. Jane has continued that legacy and is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.
‘Ollie’ is a great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens and lives in North London. He is a British actor and is the latest in a long tradition of descendants to participate in the festival.
“Spending the first weekend of December in Texas has become the highlight of my Dickensian calendar! I’m really looking forward to returning to Dickens on the Strand this year and to seeing all the familiar faces and meeting friends again,” says Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. “I have really enjoyed seeing how much the festival has expanded in recent years and to taking part in so many events. I am looking forward to working on children’s events again this year, as well as to the parades, book signings, and this champagne reception. If you’re coming to Galveston this December, come and say hello to me and my cousin Jane Dickens Monk at this special Dickens Champagne Reception.”
Jane Dickens Monk continues, “This is my seventh year at Dickens on The Strand and I’m just as excited about it as the first time I attended. There always seems to be new events to see and do, as well as the ones that everyone loves, like the fantastic parades which I’m always thrilled to be part of. Coming from the UK, I always keep my fingers crossed for some wonderful Texas weather for the weekend of Dickens. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
ABOUT THE 1892 BISHOP’S PALACE
The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.
Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.