|Because of this, Anderson is the perfect site to launch Gerald Charles Dickens' 10th Anniversary American Holiday Tour, with two Christmas Carol performances that will benefit Anderson Literacy Volunteers. After all, if Charles Dickens had written David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and no one had known how to read, the effect would have been as a feather falling into the Grand Canyon. Those of us who can read know about Scrooge's "Bah, Humbug!" and Tiny Tim's "God Bless Us, Everyone!"
In Anderson, South Carolina, people care about adult literacy. The Anderson Independent-Mail newspaper (Scripps Howard Foundation) is the Christmas Carol performances' major sponsor. And donated billboard space on four highways announce Mr. Dickens' performances to those able to read.
At the afternoon Tea with Scrooge event, costumed wait staff will serve delectable scones and sandwiches with Tea. Attendees will sit at tables named after Jacob Marley's ghost and all 26 characters that Mr. Dickens portrays in his performance. An award-winning high school madrigal group will entertain before Mr. Dickens performs.
That night, a VIP Reception with gentle guitar music combines with the evening Carol performance for those quick to make ticket reservations. (Limited to 50).
The Evening Performance itself in the majestic sanctuary of Boulevard Baptist Church will give Mr. Dickens ample space to portray his great-great-grandfather's classic holiday story.
Hurry to get a ticket; but if you can't, donate to Anderson Literacy Volunteers. Owens Corning Manufacturing Solutions and Anderson Sertoma Club top the list of early donations. Remember how excited you were when you learned to read.