The present will go on for Dickens Christmas, the annual vacation avenue competition that turns the village of Skaneateles right into a scene straight out of its namesake’s basic literature.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented this yr’s competition from happening the identical manner the earlier 27 have. Ebenezer Scrooge, Queen Victoria and the remainder of the solid will not be greeting revelers on the Clift Park gazebo. However, its organizers being artistic sorts, the competition will nonetheless happen starting with the customary Vivid Friday the day after Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas Eve.
Jim Greene, of organizer Scarlett Rat Leisure, instructed The Citizen Wednesday that this yr’s Distant Dickens Christmas will mix on-line content material with actions folks can full within the village.
A solid of about 20 folks, a 3rd of the competition’s regular dimension, will probably be within the village filming content material over the subsequent 10 days, Greene mentioned. Scarlett Ratt did not wish to ask the extra distant performers to journey for the competition, he continued, and a few of the youthful ones are too busy with on-line education. A further 10 or so folks will probably be helping with the manufacturing.
Dickens Christmas followers can anticipate movies of Greene, as Charles Dickens, studying alternatives from “A Christmas Carol”; undertaker Barry M. Deep and his spouse, Fran, exhibiting how one can roast chestnuts on an open hearth; and extra acquainted characters, like Tiny Tim and Washington Irving. The competition’s music director, Kristen Baskewicz, can be engaged on group musical performances utilizing Zoom, Greene mentioned.