Galveston Yearly Festival Still on Despite Ike
by: Rod Rice, December 5, 2008 9:12:37 pm
"We're not going to do Saturday evening. We're going to stop at six o'clock both Saturday and Sunday."
Dwayne Jones is Executive Director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Dickens on the Strand is the organization's major fund raising event.
The reason for shutting down earlier than usual on Saturday is Ike related.
"We lost all of our lanterns that we usually add on Saturday evening to give ambiance. Those were washed away and we just really haven't the chance to and the money to replace those."
The event space will also be smaller than in past years.
"We're going to move the event to Strand and the numbered streets coming down into Strand, so it will be a little bit of a smaller event area, but you're going to see almost the same number of booths. You're going to see a lot of the same entertainers. You're going to see Scrooge. You're going to see Marley. You're going to see the Beefeaters and the Queen, so those kinds of things are going to be very familiar to people."
Dwayne Jones says after 35 consecutive Dickens on the Strands the Galveston Historical Foundation and island residents weren't about to allow Ike to stop this one. A lot of work's been done to make the city as presentable as possible.
"It looks really pretty good, we got our gas lights back on yesterday, the streets are clean, the merchants and businesses are coming back, so it really looks pretty good, I think people are going to be very surprised."
Jones says attendance is usually 35-to-40 thousand, but this year he expects that number will be smaller.