The annual celebration of Dickens's birthday at Clark Park in Philadelphia will be held Sunday. The Buzfuz e-newsletter reports: "Philadelphia writer Edward G. Pettit and his family will present the 'cucumber' scene from Nicholas Nickleby. Christine Nelson, from the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, will read and discuss one of Dickens’ letters. Actors Larry Beck, Ceil Mann, and Ruthanne Ankney will present scenes from The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times, and The Cricket on the Hearth. Herb Moskovitz, Bob Sloan, and Kevin Quinn will read a passage from Oliver Twist. The indoor program concludes with tasty treats and a performance by the Kingsessing Morris Men, award winners in this year’s Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia. For a fun finale, we’ll go outdoors to sing 'Happy Birthday' at the Dickens statue. . . .
"Everyone is invited to attend—but please come early. The program begins at 2 p.m. sharp and concludes about an hour and a half later."
Meanwhile, the Dickens Fellowship's London Birthday Dinner will be held on the birthday itself, Tuesday, February 7, in The Prince's Room at the British Medical Association headquarters in Tavistock Square. Go here to make a reservation!