On December 7th, I was able to mark off another item from my Bucket List. The item was to attend the annual Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston, Texas.Even though it was only 39 degrees, which is cold for us in Southeast Texas, we did a girlfriend day trip to Galveston to check out this event.
For the past 5 years, I have attempted to attend but either work schedule or family schedule prevented it. This year my calendar was completely open for the date and I called up a few friends to join me. We were all newbies to this event so we were excited about it. So, we bundled up and made the nice drive to the end of I-45 South – Galveston Island.
We arrived and joined the other attendees in boutique shop hopping, tented booth perusing, people watching and gathering for displays of animal feats like a man with a falcon. After walking around several of the blocks of the festival area we soon arrived at a spot to watch Queen Victoria’s parade while drinking hot chocolate. After the parade, we were at a lost to find more to do as the average attendee.
This leads to my summation of my attendance to this event. I know that I would have been more enthralled had I splurged and booked a hotel room at The Tremont House Hotel, dressed up for the period in a pirate woman’s outfit from Boss Wench (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boss-Wench/361704803919844), made a reservations to have tea with Queen Victoria /dinner with Dickens and finish it off with a sunset sail on a tall ship. But, since I did not participate at that level, my experience at Dickens on The Strand was not all that it could have been. My friends felt the same way.
Here are a few photos from the event: