The Examiner 19 Dec, 2020 13:00 am

Dickens Carolers

Dickens Carolers
Normally, the Dickens Caroler would make about 250 appearances in one season – sometimes multiple events at once, as they often sing in quartets or octets, drawing from a roster of more than 50.

The pandemic stifled what normally would be a hectic November and December for the Dickens Carolers.For the past few years, the Dickens Carolers’ schedule included a quartet greeting at some Mid-Continent Public Library events, such as Gerald Dickens’ one-man show of “A Christmas Carol,” by his great-great-grandfather.“One of the biggest elements of ours is retirement centers because there’s so many of them,” said Zimmerman, who runs the Chestnut Fine Arts Center in Olathe, Kansas, and founded the Dickens Carolers in 1984.“I also do community theater, and a lot of people who do Dickens Carolers are part of the community theaters, so it’s good to see the people.

” Zimmerman said the idea of the Dickens Carolers grew from being part of a group of friends Fagan had gathered to stroll and sing carols at Macy’s stores, at the company’s request.” Zimmerman said he enjoyed the first experience so much, the next year he started to send out letters to various companies and locations, offering to provide some musical cheer for a nominal fee.

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