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Dickens of a Christmas 2016!

The first annual "Best-Dressed Contest" winner claims $1,000+ prize!


by John Vogt, Sara Vogt - December 5, 2016

On today’s Wellsboro Home Page broadcast we feature some of the unforgettable highlights from Dickens of a Christmas 2016. Thousands of people gathered in downtown Wellsboro for the 33rd annual event. Attendees came from near and far, dressed in their Victorian-time-period best.

This year’s Dickens included a new event, sponsored by Wellsboro Home Page. We called it the “Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest for 2016.” The idea was designed to encourage more people to dress up in Victorian time period clothing for our annual Dickens event. Over one thousand dollars in cash and prizes was awarded to this year’s winner, Sky DeBockler of Blossburg, PA. This year’s runner-up was a couple, Phil and Lori Stolzfuz of Talmage, PA.



Thanks to all the businesses who contributed gifts and prizes to this year’s best dressed which included:
A custom-made hat from Christine A. Moore Millinery
A basket full of gifts from Wellsboro Merchants
Buffet Dinner for two at the historic Penn Wells Hotel at 6:30 PM
A $25.00 gift certificate from Dunham’s Department Store
$100.00 cash from Citizens and Northern Bank
$100.00 cash from First Citizens Community Bank
A one-year subscription to Mountain Home Magazine
A Longaberger basket gifted by Marilyn Gillum
A $25.00 gift certificate from Garrisons
A Redline flashlight from CS Sports
A bottle of oregano oil and a bottle of tangerine balsamic, zesty lemon pepper noodles, and a carved snowman box filled with Highland Chocolates from Senior Creations
A polished leather express shine sponge from In My Shoes
A $30.00 gift certificate from The Steak House
A beautiful figurine from The Fifth Season
A gift certificate from Pop’s Culture Shoppe
A portrait for two from Heritage Portrait
A beautiful Christmas ornament from Stained Glass Reflections
A gift certificate from Sherwood Motel
Two fused glass ornaments from Kathleen Schnell
The Pine Creek Rail Trail Guide Book from Linda Stager
Stained glass piece in honor of Caroline Moore (Christine Moore’s late mother)
A hand painted Christmas ornament from Mary Wise
A hand-sewn apron and Christmas ornament from Annette Cleary

There are already ideas in the works for next year’s Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Contest to include more cash, more gifts and more winners in several new categories – such as: best dressed couple, best dressed character, best hand made costume, best authentic time period dress and more.

The food for this year’s Dickens was over-the-top wonderful, especially the sticky buns! There was dancing in the streets, special performances by Hamilton-Gibson Productions which included the Dickens’ holiday classic ghost story, A Christmas Carol performed in both Coolidge Theatre and Warehouse Theatre under the direction of Thomas Wells Putnam. There were also street performances presented by Hamilton-Gibson. A huge thanks to Thomas Putnam and all his performers and staff for making each year’s Dickens such a special event.

Dickens Christmas shopping this year was better than ever. However, now the retailers and businesses in Wellsboro are getting ready for the next big regional event titled, CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET – taking place during the weekend of December 9th through the 11th. See all of the details on today’s Wellsboro Home Page broadcast feature. Call the Penn Wells Hotel for information at 570-724-2111

A very special thanks to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and all the area businesses who worked so hard to make this year’s 33rd annual Dickens of a Christmas a tremendous success.

May the peace of Christ rule and reign in your hearts throughout this Christmas season and always. Thank you for making Wellsboro Home Page your home page. You are greatly appreciated.

Friday, December 9
· Visit and have you photo with Santa at The Deane Center from 4- 7 pm. Call 570-724-6910 or email The Fifth Season at to register

· Stop by C S Sports (formerly Country Ski and Sports) to check out all the new items at their newly reopened shop. Enter the drawing for gift certificate ski or snow board tune up, or a bike tune-up. Must be present to enter. Drawing on Friday night.

· Shabby Rue will be offering 15% off all items and 60% off Christmas décor . . . and don’t miss their Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday (details below).

· Naughty this year? Make nice with Santa’s competition Krampus at From My Shelf Books & Gifts from 4-6 pm. Fresh off his European tour, he’ll be stopping by Wellsboro to sign a few autographs, pose for some photos, and talk about its role in “The Totally Ninja Racoons and the Catmas Caper.”

· Is there a quilter on your Christmas list? Needles Quilt Shop is having a $9 per yard fabric sale (some prices marked lower) all day on Friday and Saturday.

· Try out the seasonal hot chocolates and coffees at Café 1905 in Dunham’s Department Store.

· Take a break at Pop’s Culture Shoppe’s Free and Open Game Night starting at 6:00 pm. For details on games and times visit

· All throughout the Christmas season spend $50 at a Wellsboro Chamber member, bring your receipt to the Chamber Office and enter to win $100 Chamber Dollars.

Saturday, December 10
· At 11:00 am enjoy a special showing of Jim Carey’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Arcadia Theatre. Tickets only $1 for adults and children!

· Listen to the wonderful music of Irish folk dance band Kilkenny Krew. They play at 11:00 am at Café 1905 in Dunham’s (listen while enjoying your latte) and noon in the Penn Wells Lounge (listen while enjoying your Irish drink!). They will be playing Irish classics and some Christmas tunes as well!

· Stop by C S Sports again (formerly Country Ski and Sports) to fill out an entry for a gift certificate for a free ski or snow board tune up or a bike tune up. Must be present to enter.

· Needles Quilt Shop is continuing their great $9 per yard fabric sale.

· Dunham’s Department Store will be hosting a Santa Scavenger Hunt from 12- 4. Also stop by for tasting samples of Stonewall Kitchens jams, sauces, and mustards—they make great Christmas presents and hostess gifts! And, as always, gift wrapping is free.

· Taste the delicious seasonal coffees and hot chocolates at Café 1905 in Dunham’s Department Store. Join Wild Asaph Outfitters in their Holiday Community Appreciation Sale. Enjoy a holiday snack, shop, and give all at the same time! 5% of all proceeds on this day will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Stop by, enjoy our holiday sales, and help us vote on who to extend the goodwill tidings to.

· Stowing away an ugly Christmas sweater? Now’s the time to show it off at Shabby Rue’s Ugly Sweater Party! Stop by Shabby Rue from 5-7 pm for adult beverages and a photo op with your ugly sweater. There will be giveaways throughout the night and the end of the night there will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. All weekend 15% off regular priced items and 60% of Christmas décor!

· The Painted Cupboard will be sampling mulled cider throughout the weekend! Enjoy a bit of cider while you shop. Be sure to stop by and register for their giveaway—two beautiful holiday canvas prints.

· Let Pop’s Culture Shoppe help you find the perfect gift for all ages when you stop in for game demonstrations and consultations. Visit the playroom and demo library to check out the latest hot games, or sit down and actually try them before buying. Also, this is the last day to purchase a gift for the Foster Care Giving Tree and be entered to win a $20 gift card at Pop’s! Be sure to check out their events schedule for tournaments!

· Meet at 5:00 pm at Packer Park for the Annual Candlelight Walk for Peace. The Walk for Peace begins at Packer Park and continues down Main Street.

Sunday, December 11
· Santa Claus visits Brunch at the Penn Wells from 10 am – 1 pm, taking the time to visit with each table and pose for photos both at the table and by the Christmas tree. Adults $16.95. Children 3-10 $8.95. 2 and under are free.

· Seasonal hot chocolate and coffee tastings at Café 1905 in Dunham’s Department Store.

· Join in song at Hamilton-Gibson’s Messiah: A Community Sing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 2:30 pm. Now a holiday tradition, the glorious sounds of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah are sung by selected Mansfield University soloists and you! Sponsored by the Sherwood Motel.


Idea/Concept: John Vogt

Videography: Jason Fletcher, Cody Getz, Kline Kaufer, Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: John Vogt, Sara Vogt, Ellen Bryant

Anchor: Kaitlyn Callahan

Correspondent: Johanna Vogt, Katie Mossman, Amiee Jones, Sam Moss


Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Penn Wells Hotel / Lodge, Dunham’s Dept Store

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