Canes, overcoats and top hats aren’t typical daywear for the citizens of Norfolk but, then again, the most recent guest to Nauticus isn’t exactly “typical.” Gerald Charles Dickens is the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, literary artist and author of such classics as “A Tale of Two Cities” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Amidst a 50-show tour for his one-man performance, Gerald Dickens stopped by Nauticus to promote the opening of Dickens’ Christmas Towne. The attraction will feature carolers, freshly baked treats, shops filled with holiday wares, and children’s activities. The public is welcome to visit from opening day on November 21 until December 28.
Dickens’ Christmas Towne is in its first year of production, so to promote the event Nauticus called in the mavericks. Pam Catindig, partner at Maverick Marketing, was on the scene to ensure that Dickens becomes part of an annual Norfolk tradition.
“We were looking for something that would make Nauticus a destination place for Hampton Roads,” Catindig said. Together with Nauticus Director Stephen Kirkland, Maverick helped plan the event that’s expected to draw hundreds of visitors each day.
Though the set is still under construction, builders are working around the clock to transform the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center into a Christmas Wonderland. For more information about Dickens’ Christmas Towne, visit the Nauticus website. You can also read more about Gerald Dickens from his own
quill keyboard at his personal blog.
Click the video below to see a personal invitation from Dickens himself.