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Have yourself a Victorian Christmas

December 9, 2004 Thomasville - Victorian clothing, food and music will line the streets of Downtown Thomasville Thursday and Friday night for the 18th Victorian Christmas. A Horse drawn carriage, carolers, and a visit with St. Nick take 21st century Thomasville to another time.

Director Sharlene Celaya says, "Victorian Christmas is actually based on true life in Thomasville in the 1890's when it was a resort city. People came here and wintered and they were very well-to-do people, so at Christmastime, people would get gussied up in their finery, and they would stroll up and down Broad Street in the evenings. It was a great social event." And it's still a great social event today, a time for everyone to visit the Victorian era.

Celaya says, "We are sort of reliving that time, and that's why get get into costume and encourage everyone to get into costume. It's just a great deal of fun."

But you don't have to wear a costume to experience a Victorian Christmas, you can experience it, by simply taking a stroll down Broad Street. "We actually are a Victorian village," says Celaya, "All the architecture is amazing. The brick streets, everything is so realistic."

Victorian Christmas starts at 6PM, and lasts until 10PM Thursday and Friday nights. Street musicians will also be performing tonight at Victorian Christmas.

Thursday morning, students at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville got a preview of some of the musical sounds you can hear tonight by one man band Jim Hadley. He says, "People should come out to see me because you don't get a chance to see a one man band and you don't get a chance to see old style music and it's just the enjoyment of music."

 Hadley began performing as a one man band more than 10 years ago, he now travels throughout Georgia, North and South Carolina with his accordion, harmonica and various other instruments.

posted at 3:33 PM by karen.collier@walb.com