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Saturday, 23 August 2014 18:26
Dickens Victorian Group Unveils New Welcome CenterWritten by Mike McKay
Historic building becomes new home of group
The calendar says August, but stepping inside the new home of the Dickens Victorian Village, it was definitely Christmas time.
On Saturday, an open house was held at the new headquarters for all things Dickens, at the corner of Steubenville Ave and North 8th Street.
Historically known as the Gomber House, the building is thought to be the oldest existing building in Cambridge. The building's most recent tenant was that of Attorney Russel Booth, who retired in 2013. Many residents know that the building suffered major damage in June of 2012 from straight line winds, which destroyed the church next door.
After two years of work, the building has been fully restored. Earlier this year, the Booth family leased the historic structure to the Dicken's Victorian committee, and the Dickens group moved their headquarters from Wheeling Ave.
Still in the moving in stages, the Dickens group has set up operations in the Gomber home, which will be not only the official welcome center, but will facilitate English style "high teas", conference rooms, educational facilities, offices for the group and a gift shop.
VP of the Dickens Board of Directors , Jonett Haberfield says, with dozens of tour busses visiting each week, the Steubenville Ave location solves many of their traffic congestion problems, yet is still close to the downtown. In fact, sources say that as of August 22, around 42 tour busses have already booked stops in Cambridge during the holidays. While that number may change, that is close to the record 47 busses which have stopped. This of course, does not count the thousands of tourist which come to Cambridge by car to take part in the holiday events.
Haberfield says that this is the 9th year for the holiday attraction, and again features the popular theme weekends.
The special weekends will take place November through early December, throughout the season.
Haberfield makes note of one special visitor this year, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, Gerald Dickens, who will be coming from London England, and perform at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center the weekend of November 7-9.
The Dickens Victorian Village display in Downtown Cambridge runs November 1 through January 3.
For more information: you can stop by the new Dickens Welcome Center at the corner of Steubenville Ave and North 8th St in Cambridge, or go on-line to: http://www.dickensvictorianvillage.com
Last modified on Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:09
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