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 champagne reception will be held in the 1838 Menard House on Thursday, November 29 from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.
“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 and book signings. If you’re coming to Galveston this December, come and say hello to me and my cousin Jane Dickens Monk.”
Jane Dickens Monk continues, “This is my sixthyear 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 1838 MENARD HOUSE
Built in 1838 by John and Augustus Allen for the founder of Galveston, Michel Branamour Menard, the property passed between Menard and the Allen brothers (founders of Houston) in many complicated dealings in its early years. It is the oldest surviving residential dwelling in Galveston and the only structure to be owned by the founders of both Galveston and Houston.